Novelty and character dolls are such fun. This couple (Bavarian, we think) from EDI, Germany are all decked out in their traditional finery. They are 6 ¾ inches tall, molded in hollow hard plastic, jointed at the hips and shoulders. EDI dolls, made of the same hard plastic material, enchanted several generations of girls and boys. They were produced between 1945 and 1967 by the German trademark EDI (Erich Dittmann). The world of Erich Dittmann (EDI) included most nationalities known at the time, but he also made fairy tale and normal day-to-day life characters; most of them were dollhouse-size but there are larger ones, too. The dolls were sold by the German food store chain Konsum in pairs sewn to a bit of packaging.
Details are either molded in or painted on. Father’s costume is mostly felt. Mama’s outfit is a lightweight satin type fabric – somewhat faded on the back side from light exposure. Each is marked with a sticker “Made in Western Germany” on the shoe bottom (photo) and on the back of the neck “Edi Germany”. We estimate age to be 1950s. Likely they were used as characters in a child’s dollhouse play set.
Dimensions: 6.75 inches tall. Condition: We find no damage or condition issues other than slight fading of the cloth from sunlight exposure and a bit of soiling from handling and play.
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