Jess Hutch.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

rubber squeaky dolls

rubber dollsYep, another super macro photo of old toys. I can't help myself. I got these gals for cheep on ebay, apparently rubber dolls aren't really sought after. The one in the background was made by the Sun Rubber Company and was apparently designed by Ruth E. Newton, or based on her characters - she wrote and illustrated children's books in the first part of the 20th century. The one in the foreground has an incredibly somber and beautiful expression - I had the old-time ebay fever with this one. Remind me sometime to tell you about my first ebay purchase, way back in 1998... it was a Disneyland map from 1955... oh the drama.

The toy with the bangs and floral garland was made by the Edward Mobley company. Both of these gals squeak when you squeeze them, and both have seen better days - but that's how I like my vintage toys, nice & loved.

Thanks for all the really nice comments about my new knitted dude! I haven't come up with a name for him yet... how about Jim? I used Rowan Kid Classic to make Jim. Some of the gorgeous toys in Lucinda Guy's book, Handknits for Kids were made with this yarn. I loved the fuzziness and the soft colors so I figured I should give it a try - I was kind of in a Lamb's Pride Worsted rut. And, incredibly (for me), I knitted this guy flat, so I could incorporate a face done using intarsia. I was concerned that the seam would make it flatter in the back, but that didn't happen at all. So I have all kinds of plans for intarsia-heavy toys. Fun.


At 4:43 PM , Blogger ♥ joleen ♥ said...

this photograph is so fabulous! i love it!

At 5:55 AM , Blogger Liesl said...

That doll in the background! She was my very first doll - Dad brought her back for me from a trip he took. My parents still have her; her name is Suzie. Wow, blast from the past to see her. I really liked Suzie!

At 8:29 PM , Blogger laura r. said...

l o v e that image!

At 8:37 AM , Blogger fillyjonk said...

For a while, I was collecting Sun Rubber dolls - I have a few. I collected them for two reasons: first, my first doll I had when I was a baby was a Sun Rubber baby doll my grandma gave me (I still have it). Secondly, at least for a while, the company was based in Barberton, Ohio, which was near to where I grew up, and I always liked the thought that there was a company not too far from me turning out these dolls.

Some of the earlier ones, though, the rubber formulation isn't the best, and the rubber can perish under warm/dry conditions. After seeing a few dolls where the rubber had broken down (but still $$$ prices) in antiques stores, I kind of lost interest in collecting them.

Sun Rubber dolls were sort of famous I think for having dolls where the clothes were molded/painted on to the dolls.

At 12:14 PM , Anonymous lisa said...

another great photo, jess.

At 4:04 PM , Blogger Chrissa said...

Would it be crazy to say rubber dolly with the bangs and garland looks a little like Jess Hutch herself?

Without the smudgy marks on her cheeks, of course. And much more intensity on the hair color.

At 8:25 AM , Blogger igotmoxie said...

those are *awesome*

i love sneaking in polaroid cameras to antique malls when there's a collection of old (err....mostly scary) dolls and taking a photo.

great! i love your blog.

beth b.

At 5:45 PM , Blogger my house is cuter than yours said...

I love Ruth E. Newton's illustrations!! and i have been wanting to get one of those rubber cuties as well!
and btw, in response to your comment about if i make any of the recipes from those cookbooks...YES! if you look at my right sidebar i have a section called "RECIPES",which has photos and post links.

At 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a rubber doll that belonged to my mom. It has Ruth Newton stamped on the back. The doll looks to be a small boy with blue shorts. Does anyone know anything about this doll.

At 6:46 PM , Anonymous Chris said...

There is a really nice rubber doll on e-bay right now from that same company - Sun Rubber. It's a Betty Bows doll and has a lot of information. The item is 9508616265.

At 1:52 PM , Blogger noise said...

hello, a have a squeqy dog and it is old manufactured by the edward mobley co. im writing to ask you if you dont have an msn or yahoo so i can show it to you and maybe you can tell me about it? please let me now. thanks

At 6:49 PM , Blogger PJ said...


My father and uncles worked for the Sun Rubber for many years. Needless to say my sister and I had about every doll they ever made. As well as, the rubber cars with the Disney character heads; these my brother received.
Unfortunately, we do not have one toy left, which makes me sad.

I was in Ohio last week and went to the Barberton library, where they have a wonderful museum in the basement. It has a fine collection of the dolls, plus a catalog from the Sun Rubber listing all the toys they offered. It was a nice look down memory lane.

Did you live in Barberton? My family moved to CA from there in 1956, but I visit OH periodically.

Enjoyed your photo of the dolls.


At 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I have a rubber doll that belonged to my mom. It has Ruth Newton stamped on the back. The doll looks to be a small boy with blue shorts. Does anyone know anything about this doll.
Just browsing and noticed your comment. I am in posession of the same doll you discribed in your comment. I too am looking for information regarding this adorable little boy with a squeeky in his back, blue suspeder shorts and a white shirt, white shoes and blue socks. His eyes are the same color of blue. At the base of his neck is a number 46 he is ruth newtons creation, I would really like to find out his name. Contact me @

At 10:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, two things
first one, you are so luky, do you know how rare it is to get one of those that still sqwueek?
and two, i believe the doll(the boy you guys are talking about)is deegie

At 7:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently purchased a Sun Rubber Company squeaky toy that is still in the original packaging. The doll is nude with blue eyes and red lips. He/She is holding his right index finger to his lips. I have no idea when this doll was made or what it's worth. Any ideas?


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