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Terri Lee and Jerri Lee enjoy the fall weather in November by dressing in matching red wool outfits with plaid shirts. Both these dolls are Pat Pending which means they were made in Lincoln, Nebraska about 1950-1951. The wool is fine Botany wool and the shirts are beautiful red and green plaid rayon. The outfits also came in blue wool with blue plaid shirts. Click on each picture for a larger image.

Terri Lee and Jerri Lee enjoy the fall weather in November by dressing in matching red wool outfits with plaid shirts. Both these dolls are Pat Pending which means they were made in Lincoln, Nebraska about 1950-1951. The wool is fine Botany wool and the shirts are beautiful red and green plaid rayon. The outfits also came in blue wool with blue plaid shirts. Click on each picture for a larger image. November 1
This Jerri Lee and Terri Lee show off their wool plaid outfits. They have matching wool shorts and skirt paired with white rayon shirts. Terri’s blouse is trimmed in fine lace. She must be going shopping because she has her white felt purse on her shoulder. November 2
Isn’t this a great outfit! Again, both of these dolls are from Lincoln, Nebraska. They are modeling the hand made boucle knit sweater outfits which came in pink, blue, yellow, an ecru. They have matching berets with flat yarn pompoms on the top. Notice that the outfits are correctly made for boy and girl with each buttoning in a different direction. Terri Lee has a flared skirt to her outfit and Jerri Lee has short pants with a sewed in pleats.. Such a beautiful pair. November 3


November 4
Another beautiful sweater set available for Terri Lee and Jerri Lee was this cable knit set which also came in a variety of colors…yellow, chartreuse, and light blue to name a few. The berets for this outfit are made differently that those for the previous set and they have a round pompom at the top. These outfits are very hard to find and often have been enjoyed by moths or silver fish. Most of the wonderful Terri Lee clothing is in excellent condition 60 years after the fact but some are favorites of pests. November 5
Terri Lee, in this case a Pat Pending doll, is showing off her early Scotch outfit. It consists of a plaid wool skirt, white rayon blouse, beautiful red wool jacket with covered buttons, and a smart military style hat made in plaid wool to match the skirt. . Jerri Lee is a painted plastic version which is even older than the Pat Pending doll. He is painted flesh color all over because the plastic was not yet available in colors. Jerri’s short wool pants match Terri’s wool skirt and he wears a red rayon short. Jerri Lee did not have a Scotch outfit. November 6
A newer version of the Scotch outfit was offered from Apple Valley. It was called the Scotty Girl Costume and could be purchased alone for $5.95 or as part of Terri’s Wardrobe Trunk travel ensemble. The outfit consists of a multi-colored plaid skirt, a white rayon blouse trimmed in lace, a wonderful black velvet short jacket and a black velvet tam. It is shown here with a rare green felt purse. The doll is from the Apple Valley era also.

November 7


As we move further into fall the days get shorter and the sun sets so much earlier. It seams like we have to get ready for bed earlier and earlier. Three Terri Lee dolls are ready for nite-nite. On the left is a “dotty eye” platinum blonde modeling the very hart find hand knit bed jacket and slippers. We think the “dotty eye” Terris were painted very early in the Apple Valley era. Next is a compo Terri Lee 1946-47, Lincoln, Nebraska wearing a loopy tagged pair of pajamas. The little bed was not sold by Terri Lee but is appropriate for the Tiny Terri Lee standing to the right. The bed was made by Hall Toys of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tiny Terri Lee was made in Apple Valley from 1954 to 1958. She is modeling her two piece pajamas and matching slippers. Bunny slippers for the larger Terri Lee in white and pink can be seen at the foot of the bed. November 8
A platinum Pat Pending Terri Lee in pink pajamas with a matching pink gabardine robe is helping her younger sister Linda Baby get ready for bed. I used this pair on a Christmas card several years ago. You can see part of the card at the upper left of the picture. The same pair are featured in a monthly booklet also. November 9
The Terri Lee Company made two baby dolls. The first was the very small soft vinyl doll called Linda or Linda Baby. She was first made in Nebraska. Later in Apple Valley a larger hard plastic doll called Connie Lynn was developed. The dolls were named after Violet Gradwohl’s real granddaughters. The babies are shown here in their pink corduroy snow suits which come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, dark blue, red, yellow, and mint green.
November brings Thanksgiving and our thoughts turn to the Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America. Shown here are Terri Lee and Jerri Lee whom I have dressed in Pilgrims costumes. These are not authentic Terri Lee outfits. I have dressed them as pilgrims because they represent my 11th great-grandparents, the John Chiltons, who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. They believed they were headed for Virginia but because of the late sailing and subsequent storms at sea they landed in Massachusetts. Neither lived to survive the winter in the new country but their daughter Mary did. My direct relative is their daughter Isabella who came to America on a later ship. Genealogy is my number 2 hobby. November 10
Jerri Lee and Tiny Jerri Lee already have their Christmas tree up and decorated. They are showing off their engineer outfits with striped overalls, a red neckerchief and a cute engineer’s hat. I chose to feature them this month in honor of my many relatives who worked on the railroads in Indiana. My Great-grandfather and uncle worked for the Wabash Railroad and my father worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad all of his life. November 11
This is a real Terri Lee bed which I recently acquired from the original owner who lived in Apple Valley. It is a very rare piece. The complete history will be available in the December Daisy Chain Newsletter. It is marked with a Terri Lee decal on the back of the headboard. It is made for the 16 inch Terri Lee doll and was shown in the 1954 Terri Lee Fashion Parade magazine.

November 12
December 00
Christmas comes but once a year and this was always the time that I received my new doll. But the year that I was 6 years old I received only a new Schwinn bicycle and no doll…oh my! Every other year I received a doll, either Madame Alexander or Terri Lee. Santa Claus always brought my doll and she was not wrapped. She was standing under the tree on Christmas morning. The presents from my parents were wrapped in fancy foils with big bows. I guess as an only child I was kind of spoiled especially on Christmas. No competition from brothers or sisters. During this time we lived in Orlando, Florida and it was small town USA. Jewel Tea
The Jewel Tea company was a home shopping business during the 1930’s to the 1960’s that was very popular in the Midwest. Representatives visted families on a regular basis and delivered orders directly to their home. This was very convenient because at the time American families only owned one car. Two Terri Lee dolls were on the cover of the Jewel Tea 1951 Christmas Catalog and they could be ordered from the Jewel Tea Company. Jewel Tea continued to offer Terri Lee dolls and clothing through 1956.
Since we didn’t have a fireplace or a chimney I used to get oranges, nuts, and stocking stuffers in a big paper mache boot. In this picture a Terri Lee baby called Linda Baby is welcoming you from my paper mache boot. Behind Linda is a small tree with antique spun cotton Christmas ornaments. The ornaments come from Germany and date to approximately 1900-1910. Just behind and to the right of Linda’s head you can see an old spun cotton ornament shaped like a peach. It belonged to my grandmother, my dad’s mother who died at the age of 38 when my dad was 13 years old. Every year my dad would put this ornament on our Christmas tree in memory of his Mom. I did that for many years also as my dad passed away at 45 but now I have it on display in my doll room all year long. Linda and Tree
Terri Lee is dressed for Christmas in her red velvet snow suit and hat. She has white bunny fur mittens and white felt galoshes trimmed with fur. The little elf in the picture is a felt doll called a JumpJump. December 01
December 02
These two girls are sporting an earlier version of the Terri Lee snow suit or Nanook costume. It came with either blue or red cotton pants, a fur coat lined with fabric matching the pants, a fur trimmed hat and very tall fur trimmed mukluks. December 03
In the front a painted plastic Terri Lee, about 1948, is dressed in her early red taffeta Christmas gown. It is trimmed with red sequins. Just above Terri is an Armand Marseille 390, a German doll from the early 1900’s. She has a bisque head and a jointed composition body and a human hair wig. A Terri Lee with a wonderful provenance poses above the German doll. This Terri Lee went Christmas shopping with her little mother and got lost on a train all by herself. She was given up for lost for 6 months but eventually was found and returned.
Three very different Terri Lee dolls are ready to go caroling. Dressed in beautifully detailed coats they are perfect for the holiday season. Left to right: A hard plastic Terri Lee marked Pat Pend on her back and made in 1950-51 wears a navy blue velveteen coat and hat lined in white taffeta and trimmed with pearl buttons and lace. In the center a composition Terri Lee from 1946 wears a red Botany wool coat and hat lined with taffeta and trimmed in pearls and lace. The doll on the right is a painted plastic doll marked Pat Pend. with a mannequin wig. She wears a red velveteen coat and hat with a white fur muff and felt mittens. She dates to 1948-49. December 04
These Terris are wearing Curtsy Coats. They are made to match real little girls Curtsy Coats. Notice the elaborate details in the coat designs. They are made of fine wool with taffeta lining, matching hats and leggings. The coat on the left has cuffed sleeves and pockets and the coat on the left has a cowl neck and covered buttons with velveteen centers. The hats are very detailed and lined to match the coats. December 05
December 06
This Terri Lee doll and outfit was one of my mother’s favorites. She thought that it looked like my daughter who was always very fair with long blonde hair. This particular doll is very pale plastic. am sure that it came from the factory that way and that batch of plastic happened to come up short on the flesh coloring. The coloring is very pale which is usually not a favorite with collectors but I have kept her in this outfit since my mother passed away in 1993. December 08
Here are two Terri Lees showing off a leopard print coat and accessories. The doll on the left is dressed in a rust velveteen coat with leopard collar and mittens. She also has a matching leopard skin bonnet. Both the coat and bonnet are lined in taffeta. Not shown are her leopard trimmed boots. The doll on the right wears a leopard print sport coat with matching hat. The leopard fur is really rabbit fur dyed to look like leopard.
Patti Jo and Benjie can’t wait to go out to play in their matching purple velveteen outfits. Benjie wears short pants and dates to about 1950. Patti Jo wears a velveteen coat and matching hat with a little fur trim on the hat. Her purple and white checked dress can be seen under the coat. She was inspired by the Jackie Ormes’ cartoon character of the same name and dates to 1948. For more information about Patti Jo please see the book Jackie Ormes, The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein. December 09
This is a very special “spit curl” Terri Lee doll. Notice that she does not have the usual bangs that Terri Lee always has. She is dressed for the Winter Formal Dance in her white taffeta long dress trimmed in sequins and lace and also wears a long formal coat of purple velveteen. The coat is trimmed in faux fur and lined in taffeta. December 09A
December 10
Jerri Lee and Terri Lee are dressed in matching polished cotton suits of red and white gingham. Although they are not wintery I thought they were appropriate for the holidays. The Terri Lee Company made many outfits in red and I have a whole cabinet just for the dolls in red outfits. For Southern California these outfits will do fine for the holidays. In other parts they would be too chilly. December 11
Some more dolls in their red holiday outfits. The two Terri Lees have on cotton pique dresses. They are made from the same pattern but the bodice is different. The pique is a very fine wale and both the solid and the print fabrics are pique. Jerri Lee wears red Botany wool short pants and a red checked cotton short sleeve shirt. Jerris with blonde curls are my favorites because my childhood Jerri was a blonde like this one. One of the exciting things about collecting Terri Lee dolls is the size of her wardrobe. Color and fabric combinations seem to be infinite and the fabric was of such superb quality that outfits look as if they had been made yesterday instead of 60 years ago.
December 12
Here are two examples of later Terri Lee dolls. They are
from the INS/Marfan era of Terri Lee which is 1960-1962.
They were made in the Los Angeles area and not in
Apple Valley, CA. This Terri’s face is not as artistically painted
as the earlier dolls. Her dress is a cute red and white
gingham with a red organdy apron. Tiny Terri Lee, introduced
in 1955, was continued in this era of Terri Lee dolls. Tiny Terri
wears a red organdy dress trimmed in lace with matching
panties. Tiny Terri Lee has sleep eyes and Terri Lee has
hand painted eyes.
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