*cough* Somehow this ended up taking me until late Thursday night to write, even though on Monday I said it would probably be up on Tuesday… *cough*
Okay, so what we have here is a very special doll that I had the privilege to meet at work. He (she?) is on loan to the museum for the duration of our doll exhibit, and I was so thrilled to get to see this doll that I couldn’t help taking a few pictures, and I wanted to share them with you. Of course, since I wasn’t expecting this loan to suddenly come in, I didn’t have my camera with me, and had to use my phone. (If I hadn’t been forced to replace my flip phone, I’d have had to use the museum’s camera, which would have resulted in better pictures. Realistically, I should have thought to use the museum’s camera regardless of the availability of my phone’s camera. Sorry about that.)
So, in summary, this is another of those rare posts that is centered on a doll I don’t own. (Though one of my dolls also cameos in the post…)
This is Scootles, a composition doll manufactured by Cameo, and designed by Rose O’Neill, best known as the creator of the Kewpie doll. The museum’s collection has a 22″ (ish) Scootles, which I already thought was cute, but this one is all kinds of adorable, above and beyond the big one in the museum’s collection. (It doesn’t help the case of the museum’s Scootles that s/he has glass eyes, and one of them is horribly crazed while the other is still in good condition.)
That sweet little face! 😀 He’s got a few paint issues on his face, but the composition is in perfect condition, and barely even has any crazing. Or she does. I don’t know if Scootles has an official gender, but the doll has always looked like a little boy to me. (The woman who actually owns this doll has also always thought of him as a boy.) I’ve seen people refer to Scootles as a girl, though, so I have no idea what the majority consensus is, or if there even is a majority consensus.
I don’t know when Cameo stopped making Scootles dolls: the only year I’ve ever seen mentioned regarding the date of Cameo Scootles dolls is 1925. I don’t know if that means that Scootles failed to recapture the popularity of his Kewpie cousins and was only made for a year, or if there just isn’t any information as to when production stopped.
We were short on display space for Scootles, so we had to take my blonde Snow White type out of the vitrine and put Scootles in her place. (She’d been there for comparison to the African-American one, but I think the presence of a white doll in an exhibit on African-American dolls tended to confuse the visitors anyway…) We couldn’t put Scootles on a stand, though, because we didn’t have any capable of holding his super-chubby waist.
Speaking of my two Snow White types, I’ve decided to name the blonde one Cindy, because she makes me think of Cinderella, but I’m still not sure what to name this one. I suppose I could call her Minerva (or some diminutive thereof) because I think she was made by a company called Minerva, but somehow that feels a little weird. (Any suggestions?)
A 3/4 angle, because. The doll behind them is a Madame Hendren baby doll, btw, composition head and cloth body. Pretty cute, but there’s a bad crack in the composition of her face. (Isn’t there always?)
And one last angle, badly diminished by reflections on the vitrine. 😦
Anyway, given that African-American versions of dolls were always made in smaller quantities back then (which hasn’t actually changed, but hopefully these days the percentages are closer together) and that Scootles dolls are rather rare to begin with, I wanted to share these photos, since so many people will never have the opportunity even to see an African-American Scootles. (And pretty much all of us will never have the chance to actually own one. But at least I’ve seen one! 😀 Even held him in my hands. That was really cool, if a little nerve-wracking.)
I’m hoping to get back into the habit of posting at least once in between each Blind Box Monday…but I can’t guarantee it’s going to happen with any regularity. My life (especially in terms of my house) is pretty messy right now. Makes it hard to take pictures. But now that I think about it, I think I have some photos sitting around that I haven’t posted yet..