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Miss Nancy Ann - 10" Teen Fashion Doll - 1958-59 - NASB
The Miss Nancy Ann doll was introduced by the Nancy Ann Doll Company in 1958 to complete with the many other 10" teen fashion dolls that were made during this era; Miss Ginger, Miss Revlon and Vogue's Jill to name a few. With the introduction of Barbie in 1959 and her eventual domination of this market niche, many of the competing dolls disappeared, including Miss Nancy Ann who was only made for 2 years.
The doll is made of hard vinyl with a softer vinyl head, jointed neck, waist, arms and legs, sleep eyes with molded plastic lashes and a rooted saran wig that was styled in either a pony tail or bubble hairdo.
This nice example has a reddish brown, or Tosca, wig in a short, layered bubble cut with no missing plugs. Her face paint is nice with a small rub on bottom lip. Her body has not suffered the fading and/or discolorations that are often found on this doll. There is a tiny dark mark on one thigh, no other stains or discolorations. Her sleep eyes are clear and nicely set but tend to be a little lazy when moving from horizontal. A light nudge opens or closes them and they stay in position. Nail color is nice on toes, some wear on fingers. Small marks left on earlobes from (missing) earrings. The identification mark; "Nancy" on back on head is very light and the 'Ann' has either worn off or, more likely, was never completely stamped (or molded?) in.
Wearing a black leotard which is not tagged (probably Jill's) and a skirt that is also un-tagged but is a known Nancy Ann product; #310. It originally had a matching blouse. The odd vinyl waistband with snap in front is a common design for this doll. Black vinyl high-heeled shoes. The clothing is nice with no damage other than a very faint rust spot shown in the last photo just at the end of the leotard sleeve. No tears or holes and very crisp.
Many lovely outfits were designed for this doll and they have become quite collectible and bring high prices, sometimes more than the doll itself.
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