Tressy was born
Short History of the Tressy Doll
In 1960, inventor/designer Jesse Dean's wife Diana told him
she had an idea for an invention: a doll with hair that grows. He
loved it. He did a search and found that there were already a few
dolls patented that grew hair. If he wanted to sell it, he had to come up
with a twist. He spent the next year working on various concepts and by1961, he
had it: a more sophisticated mechanism that allowed the doll's hair to
"grow" and be pulled back in. He filed for a "patent
improvement" and signed an agreement with the
In 1962, armed with a large-sized prototype he called "Suzi
Snippet", he started making the rounds to every toy company in the US,
including Ideal, Mattel and Hasbro. He was flatly rejected by everyone.
But in May 1962, he fared better when he had a meeting with the last company on
his list: American Character. And on June 10, 1962 he signed a contract with
them. The Tressy Doll was born.
Within a year, the doll was introduced
Among Jesse's other inventions is the very first adjustable TV
table, another big seller. He died in 2003 after a long illness.
Diana, a writer, is alive and well.
Written by Lisa Dean the daughter of Jesse and Diana Dean.
This is the original prototype for the Tressy Doll. Her name is Suzy Snippet and she is 36 inches tall.
Any information contained on this page remains the sole property of Linda Clark and Lisa Dean and may not be used or copied in and part or form without their written permission.
This site is the copyright of Linda Clark © 2002
Any information or pictures contained on this page remains the sole property of Linda and Michael Clark and may not be used or copied in any part or form without their written permission.
Tressy® is a registered trademark of the American Character Doll co.