Vogue introduced the 10 1/2" Jan doll in 1959 and marketed her as a friend to their popular Jill doll. The first version was only made for 2 years and in 1961 the doll grew to 12" and suddenly became a big sister to Jill and Ginny.
Although nicely made, the doll was less expensive than Jill and intended for a different market niche. It does not have quite the fine molding and beautiful face of the Jill doll. In spite of this, since production was limited, she is harder to find and usually commands a higher price than Jill.
She did not have a specific wardrobe of her own and was meant to share clothes with Jill.
Made of a hard vinyl body and softer vinyl head, rooted saran hair styled in either a pony tail or angel cut, blue sleep eyes with molded lashes and 4 hand-painted lashes on the outer eye.
This nice example is the earlier 10 1/2" version. She has a shiny brunette angel cut wig and nice cheek, lip and nail color with no chips or rubs. Her body coloring is also nice with no fading or yellowing but notice the black marks around the abdomen and upper legs. These are a result of color transference from the black velvet on the clothing. Clear eyes that open and close easily. A very clean doll with no dust, mustiness or odors.
Wearing Vogue evening gown #7403 from 1957; a full satin skirt trimmed and topped with black velvet and adorned with a dark pink rose at the waist. The bodice ties around the neck and the dress closes with a snap in back. Matching panties. Tagged; "Vogue Dolls, Inc." The shoes are original to the outfit and the elastic is still nice but notice that one heel has been replaced with a clear sparkly one. Also wearing a pearl necklace and earrings that are also Vogue issue and sold as an accessory.
The outfit is in very nice condition with lots of fullness and body in the gathered skirt. No holes, fading or color-run. The elastic on the undies is a little stretched.
Doll stand is included.