The Horsman Doll Company has been making dolls since the early 1890's and is one of the oldest names in American dolls. They began by having stuffed playthings manufactured by outside suppliers, to meet their specifications. These "Babyland" dolls had photo lithographed or hand painted faces. By the 1920's Horseman was one of the top three American doll makers. The 1950's began the era of the vinyl doll and with it the arrival of the high fashion dolls. In the 1980's when other companies were sending their manufacturing overseas, Horsman kept on making its dolls in the United States. Horsman is still manufacturing quality dolls, today.
CINDY - The Little Girl With Grown Up Glamour
Cindy was one of the most popular dolls with the children of her time. Now, she is one of the most sought after Horsman dolls by collectors. The Cindy line was produced by Horsman from 1953 until 1968, and during this time, she was a walker, a glamour teen, an adolescent, and a large 36" walker. The most popular doll in the Cindy line was the teenage Cindy sold for a short period of time between 1956 and 1959. She was offered as a strong competitor to Ideal's Miss Revlon and Madame Alexander's Cissy dolls. For more information on the Horsman Cindy doll - read Horsman Dolls The Vinyl Era 1950 to Present by Don Jensen. Cindy - "the little girl with grown up glamour
This is the 15" Cindy doll. Her construction is interesting, in that the body and legs are constructed in one piece.
CINDY TRUNK SET Pictured here is a Cindy Trunk Set featuring the 15" vinyl Cindy doll and four outfits. From what I can tell, the outfits all appear to be original to the trunk. Her evening gown is Evening Star Formal. So far, I have been unable to find out if the other outfits had names. From the collection of V. Donally.
18" CINDY DOLL
This glamorous 18" Cindy doll is all original and dressed for the debutant ball. Her original dress has a velveteen bodice with a purple satin underskirt covered with sparkling netting. Because the hair on these dolls tends to get dry and brittle, I have opted to display her with her hair down instead of her customary ponytail. From the collection of V. Donally.