1930-1931 : the illustrator Béatrice Mallet imagined a character doll called 'Marinette' for the children 's magazine BENJAMIN. The idea was to provide her with a trousseau like for the Bleuette doll from La Semaine de Suzette. The doll was made by the SFBJ and it was therefore Benjamin magazine that marketed it. In the magazine there regularly appeared patterns to make her a trousseau. See pic N° 4 (left part) an advertising with the doll.
this funny character doll has the head in composition incised 'UNIS FRANCE 71 149' and 'BENJAMIN', open mouth, sleeping eyes (not flirty) watching on a side. Good condition with some small chips of painting due to wig-pull.
It is a size '4' , total length 13 3/4" (35 cm).
Original SFBJ body in good used condition : original painting and body finish, some wears at the hands and fingers.
good stringing.
This doll is wearing an antique military costume , homemade belt , 2 original undergarments (a part of lace must be sewn), original mohair wig (model : glued mohair , in used condition, some loss), antique socks, antique leather boots with cardboard soles incised '5' - Allart model (used condition : both were repaired), i have added an antique hat not in perfect condition and maybe a little large.
Sold with an extra dress , slippers , collar (or bib ?) embroidered 'M' : Original clothes in wool not perfect.
Hard to find !
Layaway available.
about the magazine BENJAMIN :
Benjamin is a French newspaper for young people founded by Jean Nohain. Published for the first time in January 1929, it ended in 1958. Subsequently bought by the creators of the magazine Réalités, it was renamed Top realities youth. During the period of the Second World War, he took the side of the Petainist ideal after the capitulation of France in August 1940. Interrupted at the liberation, the newspaper returned in 1952 under a new format. Notably known for its strong characters such as Zig et Puce, Trac et Boum and Amulette et Grassouillet, the newspaper is close to political news and gives an important place to the education of young people.
The Benjamin newspaper is a weekly in newspaper format (large pages) which claims to be the first major weekly intended for young people. Founded in 1929 by Jean Nohain, the newspaper ended in 1958. When Jean Nohain went on vacation, he left the reins of the editorial staff to the illustrator Babylas, pseudonym of his brother Claude Dauphin1, as in the summer of 1932. Appearing under several names of series over time, one published in the free zone during the war is directed by Alain Saint-Ogan. Benjamin's team is made up of a collaboration of illustrators and authors including the famous Joseph Porphyre Pinchon (creator of Bécassine) who worked for Benjamin from 1929 to 1944 and Alain Saint-Ogan, author of several characters who became magazine mascots like Zig and Puce and Trac and Boom. The other authors and illustrators are Frank King, Henry Dorak, Laurette Aldebert, Erik, Mademoiselle Violette-Jean, Henri Louis Avelot and Jean Nohain himself who wrote the script for several comic strips which he published in Benjamin. He presents himself under the pseudonym of "Jaboune" and often writes the editorial for each issue.

Between 1929 and 1944, Benjamin's editorial office changed location several times. Indeed, it made its debut at 10 rue Pergolèse in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Between 1930 and 1933, the editorial staff settled at 73 boulevard de Clichy in the 9th arrondissement. At the end of the same year, he was temporarily domiciled at 11 bis rue Curial in the 19th arrondissement before settling at 11 rue Brunel in the 17th arrondissement between 1934 and 1936. Between 1936 and 1938, he never changed his rue but moved from number 11 to number 14. In 1939, still in the same street, the editorial office established its offices at number 4. In 1940, the offices left rue Brunel to settle at 31 rue Guyot in the 17th arrondissement. It was after the French surrender that the editorial offices and the administration of the newspaper were separated. Between 1941 and 1944 (year of temporary suspension of the newspaper), the newspaper was relocated to Clermont-Ferrand in the department of Puy-de-Dôme under the publishing house Échos de Paris.
The newspaper is intended as a newspaper for a social elite, for children with access to a certain culture and a high level of education. This can be seen in the newspaper's slogan, which calls itself "Smart Children's Newspaper". To show its elitist side, the newspaper develops sections devoted to education and sometimes gives advice for academic success.

The Benjamin newspaper publishes issues on specific themes, which require a certain level of knowledge on the subject, such as the newspapers on the colonial Empire of February 1, 19442 with complete files on the action of France throughout its Empire. You can find maps with the great French explorers, articles on the discoveries made or the evangelization movements of the new conquered lands.

However, Benjamin has aid from the state, supposed to finance their distribution in rural schools, where the reader from the middle class seems little affected by the original policy of the newspaper. All this shows that the newspaper wants to be a cultural tool for everyone.


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french character doll Marinette from Benjamin magazine 1930


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