The Artisan Raving Beauty Walking Dolls...
...Walking Dolls, The Beauty "Walkers" Of The 1950's
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A California company, Artisan Doll (Artisan Novelty Co.), introduced a attractive and collectible all hard plastic doll, a "walker" named "Raving Beauty" circa 1950. There is also a Miss Gadabout which I find hard to distinquish from the Raving Beauty. The hard plastic is of superior quality, sturdy and durable.
A very pretty doll with a sweet rounded child like face and an open mouth exposing teeth and a tongue. Her hair is advertised as "Ravon" which can be shampooed and set. 20" tall, she commands admiration.
Raving Beauty walking doll had a wardrobe that was to be envied. Some of her fashions were advertised as "California Originals by Michele".
This walking doll had Wedding gowns, negligees, square dance dresses, cowgirl outfits, skating costumes, party and school dresses are just some of the clothing that could be acquired.
Referred to as a "walker", Raving Beauty is easily recognized because of her unusual wide spread legs with well concealed walking mechanism. Unlike the other walking dolls of this era, the legs on Raving Beauty fit close to her torso which does not hinder the dressing and undressing of the doll in any way.
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Walking dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values, if looking for values, it is necessary to register with eBay.
If you are searching for original clothing for Raving Beauty or any other walking dolls of this type...do not despair!
"California Fashions by Michele" are listed quite frequently on eBay! As well as similar and appropriate era doll clothing. eBay...dolls & bears...clothing, accessories...antique, vintage clothing.
Additional information pertaining to Raving Beauty and more beautiful hard plastic dolls of the 1950's can be obtained in many of the following reference books.
Hard Plastic Dolls by Polly & Pam Judd
Hard Plastic Dolls II by Polly & Pam Judd
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I recently bought two Raving Beautys(or Miss Gadabouts) and found neither one can walk. I have done a very little research into repairing them and found …
was a Lucky Little Girl
I was given my Raving Beauty by the man that designed her. Howard Black and his family were our neighbors in Los Angeles, in the 50s. He sold some of …
Beauty - Walking Doll by Artisan Novelty Co
In answer to Elizabeth, I still have my Raving Beauty Walking Doll and have the paperwork with name and company. Her legs swing independently from the …
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I've heard that Raving beauty dolls were the strung dolls and that Miss Gadabout were the walking dolls, swinging their heads in sync with their leg movements.Can …
was mistaken for a Shirley Temple Doll... Not
I saw my first Raving Beauty doll about 3 years ago, while searching on line for vintage hard plastic dolls. Well, I knew I had seen them before, and …
My grandma had recieved a Raven doll when she was seven around 1955-57. When I was younger it was my favorite doll to play with. My grandma is …