From 1960 to the Last Eaton Beauty

No Eaton Beauties were shown in 1958 and 1959. In 1960, Dee & Cee made an 18-inch [45.72-cm] doll with a vinyl head marked "1960/Eaton Beauty by Dee & Cee." She wore a lovely flowered taffeta dress with a white pinafore.

In 1962, the Eaton Beauty was a 22-inch [55.88-cm] doll made by Regal Toy. She had long hair and an Eaton Beauty ribbon; extra outfits were available. In 1963, the catalogues identified a 21-inch [53.34-cm] Regal doll as an Eaton Beauty but there was no marking and no ribbon.

The 1964 Eaton Beauty doll wore a dress with a red velveteen bodice and white lace-trimmed skirt. Two similar dolls were also shown but neither of them wore an identifying ribbon. In 1965, four dolls were offered as Eaton Beauties, but again there were no Eaton Beauty ribbons.

In 1977, collectors of Eaton Beauty dolls were happy to see Eaton's revert to the earlier doll with a bisque head and ball-jointed composition body. Dorothy Churchill of Toronto made these reproductions of Armand Marseille's popular mould #390 doll. The dolls were marked A4M/Dorothy/Churchill 1977 and were attractively dressed. The artist continued making Eaton Beauty dolls through 1981 until illness forced her to stop.

April Katz of Toronto made Eaton Beauties for Eaton's from 1983 to 1989. They were beautifully dressed little girl dolls with bisque heads and porcelain bodies. In 1989, April Katz produced a 16-inch [40.64-cm] doll called Louisette. Although she was a lovely doll she was not popular with collectors.

In 1991, the American company, Dynasty Doll, made Joyce Marie, an elaborately dressed child doll wearing a large hat. She came with a Certificate of Authenticity. In 1992, Yvonne Richardson of Toronto designed a lady doll, produced by Dynasty Doll. Unfortunately, the lady doll was a disappointment to collectors who had been waiting for the next Eaton Beauty. Many of these dolls were sold at a reduced price.

In 1994, Dynasty Doll produced Emily Anne, an elaborately dressed child doll priced at $250. In 1995, Ivy Marie was introduced as the first Eaton Christmas Beauty doll. She was a lady doll with a cloth body, porcelain hands and feet, upswept hair, and a burgundy satin lace-trimmed gown complete with matching hat and parasol.

Annabelle, the Eaton Beauty Doll for 1996, was another lady doll. She wore a white ribbon with gold print declaring her an Eaton Beauty. In 1997, Effanbee produced a child doll in a fancy costume wearing the identifying white ribbon. There was also a Christmas Beauty in 1997, a lovely lady in a green gown.

The last Beauty appeared in 1999 completing 100 years of a Canadian series of dolls much beloved by children and doll collectors across the country.
by Evelyn Robson Strahlendorf

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