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1950's: 7 3/4" Virga Gibson Girl Doll ; Hat, Parasol, and Peplum
This young girl is dressed to fit the early 1900's. Her Straw Hat and Parasol are not quite as glamorous as the later Virga Gibson Girl dolls became. This older version Virga Doll was put out by Beehler Arts and is more likely a more accurate portrayal of the attire of most women at the turn of the century. She has painted glancing eyes and heart shaped lips that are quite enchanting. She can stand alone in her black plastic slipper shoes. Her black ruffled skirt has a peplum and is in very good condition. Underneath her skirt is a black net crinoline. Her ruffled blouse (which was probably cream colored initially) shows the discoloration of time. Her parasol is also aged ivory colored lace with a pink bow and a pipe cleaner that serves as the handle. Her strawberry blonde Mohair is gathered loosely with a black ribbon, and is really in pretty good condition. She wears a brown felt hat with a black ribbon band. Her legs are "frozen". Besides the aging of her blouse and parasol, the hard plastic doll's arms need TLC as they have become detached within her blouse and are held on by her tightly fitting sleeves. Most likely they could be reattached easily with a new elastic band but this would require removal of her blouse. Her clothes are stapled to her. The later Virga Gibson Girl Dolls had the open and shut eyes, their head dress was much more elaborate, and even their parasol was more lacy.
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