People who see her in my dining room remark HOW PRETTY she is and they are RIGHT. She is a Mdme ALEXANDER'JANIE' doll, which I believe was the precursor to IDEAL'S Patti Play Pal doll, which was cute but definitly not as PRETTY as Janie. She was made in 1959.AND in remarkable condition considering. This doll is marked on back of neck. See photo: Alexander 36 1959. PLEASE see all the photos to appreciate this stunner! I think this is the Prettiest face on any play pal type doll I have ever seen , much prettier than the Nurse JOANIE version.
And she is not to be confused with that same size ALEXANDER JOANIE/Nurse Joanie, this is called JANIE type. She is very clean, has gorgeous rare DARK brown hair that positively sets off those big blue green sleep eyes. An ebayer sent me a photo of HER Janie doll with blonde hair same pretty face. The original dress is similar in color but SHORTER than this one and had a pinafore.No discoloring on body or limbs, extremely minor if any scuffs, she looks marvelous! Arms have been restrung but as usual one arm is a bit looser due to wear inside hardware, but they both stay UP and DOWN when posed. To prevent damage to arm hooks-- they are pretty tight but not overly tight stringing.
I have noticed one arm being loose is a typical age related issue with these dolls. The rooted hair is full and has some trimming on back--that may have been factory trimmed or trimmed by the owner when she was young, so hard to tell and she doesn't remember. The hair can be pulled into two pigtails, or pulled back at sides etc.
At the moment she has two turquoise plastic flower barrettes holding back the front hair back just a bit. Her hair is VERY thick, has been cleaned and detangled completely. The hair clips are authentic in style and look wonderful with that AMAZING vintage dress. The tags on dress are for a vintage 1960s POLLY FLINDERS size 4T.If it was ever worn it was very gently worn! It is 50% cotton, 50% polyester.
No rips or stains and has wonderful smocking and flower detail. Since doll owner could not find original clothes, we painstakingly searched out ALL new but period authentic items, from dress to underwear!
She is wearing White cotton hanes brand new briefs. Her sleep eyes work, but I noticed her left eye is a bit lazy in comparison to right but with a little movement it seems to get in line. Her new socks have frilly trim. With proper posing of her shoes she can stand independently, see pics. Of course being 3 ft tall she will be in a box that is 38 tall to allow a bit of headroom.Do see my store for awesome antiques from DOLLS to porcelain! I have a 1939 25 tall Shirley T for sale for that original owner as well! The item "Rare A+ 1959 Madame Alexander 36 Original JANIE Playpal Doll Original Owner EXC" is in sale since Thursday, January 31, 2019. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\By Brand, Company, Character\Madame Alexander\Vintage (Pre-1973)\1948-59". The seller is "oldblackdog" and is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.