Tressy, Toots, Mary Make-up, Silky and Sheena

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Tressy was made in the United Kingdom in the early 60s  by Palitoy, Cascelloid Division of Bakelite Xylonite Limited, Owen Street. Coalville in Leicester, and were made under license from American Character Inc, Broadway, New York



The first version of the Tressy doll

 The first version of the Palitoy Tressy was made in 1964. She has side glancing eyes and longish rooted hair without bangs, her hair came in various colours, white, pale blonde, mid blonde, dark blonde, brown and black. She has hard vinyl arms and straight legs. She came in a triangular  shaped box with a stand and was dressed in a lemon, blue or pink dress with a little chain belt, white panties and white shoes. The first of these dolls off the production line came with an American Character stamp on the back of her neck. Palitoy then carried on the production without any makers mark whatsoever on the 1st version of the doll. The vinyl used for the heads of the Palitoy dolls is not of the same quality of the American Character dolls and can be prone to discoloration and fading.

Stock number # 30101

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The second version of Tressy

The second versions of Tressy were made in 1969 to 1973 and have front facing eyes, shorter rooted hair and bangs. The hair colours included white, strawberry blonde, pale blonde, mid blonde, Dark blonde and brown. She has hard vinyl arms and straight legs. She came dressed in a gold lamé, silver lamé, red lamé or a short blue nylon dress, the gold and silver lamé both came in long or short versions with white panties and white closed toe mules. The stand was also included. The box held her accessories down one side, brush comb, curlers, clips and ribbons. The box was open at the front and one side and was shrink wrapped.

Stock numbers are # 30140 short lurex dress and marked as New Tressy. # 30144 in this blue dress and red box, # 30145 in long lurex dress and blue box.

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The third version of Tressy

The third version of  Tressy called Super Tressy was made in 1976 and is made of hard plastic with a vinyl head has a twist waist, jointed elbows and hands and a permanent key fitted on her back. She comes in a carton style of box with a cellophane insert in the front. She also came as a free gift in the Tressy hair dressing salon set and came dressed in her hairdressing uniform of trousers, top and white slip on shoes with a bow on the front..

Stock number # 32452

Stock number in the salon set # 32463 with a sticker  marked # L295

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The fourth version of Tressy

The fourth version of Tressy was in 1979 and she has soft vinyl arms that bend and pose, hands that hold that are jointed at the wrist, a twist waist, soft bending posing legs and a permanent key on her back. She also came dressed in a red version of this  outfit. She came in a blue and white box with a cellophane front.

Stock number # 32901


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A version of this doll was also made by Palitoy for the German market in 1979 and she was called Goldköpfchen (little gold head). She was sold in Germany by Plasty / Airfix.

Stock number # 5630 00

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Mary Make-up

Mary Make-up was produced in 1967 and does not have the grow hair but has a special finish to her face to allow the application of make-up and it's removal, you can also colour her hair with hair colour pens. She has the same body as the Tressy dolls with the hole for the mechanism omitted. She was also available in a red dress in the same design both came with a little matching hair and make up band to keep the hair off her face whilst applying the hair and beauty products, white panties and shoes.

stock number # 30901


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Tressy's little sister Toots was sold in 1965 she is 91/2" tall, and has the same grow hair mechanism as Tressy, side glancing blue eyes and posing legs and comes dressed in a white ballet outfit and pumps. She was sold in a triangular box complete with a little white plastic stand.

Stock number # 30601

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Sheena was made in 1973 and is18" tall with sleep eyes, rooted lashes and growing hair she had a belly button to make the hair grow and a knob on her back to make it short again. She is shown here in a Sheena outfit and replacement shoes from a grow hair Ideal Crissy doll. She was sold in a carton style box that opens at the top and bottom and wore a lilac suit and shoes.

Stock number # 32419         

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Silky was the later version of the grow hair doll and was  made by Bradgate, a subsidiary of Palitoy. We think she was made between 1976 and 1979, she is 10" tall with growing hair and has a permanent key in her back, Her palms are upturned, and she has side glancing eyes and the hair colours are pale blond, dark blond and brown. she is shown here in her original outfit.

Stock number is unknown at this time

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