International Crissy!

Did you know?? Crissy and her friends were available in many parts of the world besides the United States!

All have their own hallmarks and characteristics that make identification pretty easy. Due to the Internet, it's pretty easy to locate examples from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Let's take a moment to enjoy Crissy dolls that hail from other parts of our world.

The United Kingdom

Found in these wonderfully different boxes are Beautiful Crissy and her cousin Velvet.

Beautiful Crissy's box is marked:

© MCMLXIX IDEAL TOY CORP, HOLLIS, N.Y. 11423. MADE IN ENGLAND UNDER LICENCE BY IDEAL TOY CO. LTD.

U.S. PATENT NO. 3,162,976

Crissy's Cousin Velvet's box says:

© MCMLXX IDEAL TOY CORP, HOLLIS, N.Y. 11423. MADE IN ENGLAND UNDER LICENCE BY IDEAL TOY CO. LTD.

U.S. PATENT NO. 3,162,976

Here they are out of their boxes.

Here is a close-up of Crissy's face. You can see how the vinyl from these UK dolls tends to be inferior, in that they have a tendency to fade. Even the face paint can fade.

On this mint example, Velvet's vinyl and face paint has not yet begun to fade. She has been kept in a cupboard all of these years, no doubt contributing to her nice new features.

The sides of the boxes are the same on both sides. Both show the girls' hair at different lengths.

The back of the boxes illustrates just some of the outfits available to British doll buyers.

Also on the back, you will learn how to make Crissy's hair grow!

And here is how to make Velvet's hair grow. It operates the same way as Crissy's hair.

Here are the tops of the boxes.

There is no paperwork at all in either of these dolls' boxes.

The following is the United Kingdom version of Velvet's Little Sister:

Notice that this doll's growing hair mechanism operates by means of a pullstring, just as her cousin Crissy and her big sister Velvet do.

This stunning example is being shared with the Crissy family collecting world courtesy Lesley Douglass, of Kingman, Arizona. Our sincerest THANK YOU is extended to her for her kindness and generosity.

Some of the UK Crissy and Velvet dolls came in boxes that looked very similar to the US and Canada boxes that you are used to seeing. We are however, highlighting these very unusual treasures in the archive.

France

The Crissy doll sold in France was created by a French company called Clodrey (the generally accepted pronunciation among advanced collectors is "clō drā’").

The face on the Clodrey Crissy is quite different but one will know the body, arm and leg molds immediately. To learn more about this lovely European version of the Crissy doll, go to here.

Australia

The dolls from Australia also have a tendency to fade and discolor over time. This mint in the box example has begun the degradation process. Even her lips are fading. Her eye shadow is still nice though. On these early number one and two dolls, wearing the orange lace dress, you will notice that the dress and underwear are a little darker orange than found on the US dolls. The shoes on the Australian dolls are usually shiny too. You will also see that the growing hair mechanism is just like the US dolls as well, in that they have button and knob mechanics. Included in the box, just like US dolls, were the letter to mother & the instructions, and the hair brush. The doll was wrapped in orange tissue as well.

The side of the box clearly shows the country of origin.

How cute! The "postmark" on the letter to mother is from "Port Melb." and is dated Feb. 25 with no year.

Here again, we see how the Australian dolls fade. The Velvet doll, shown wearing a variation of Peasantries (or Loverly, as it was also known), is well on her way to being completely white!

Absolutely adorable is this Aussie Curly Ribbons Cinnamon! Her face is starting to fade as well. Notice her navy blue shoes! The Aussie version of this doll came with this color shoes. As you have probably already discovered while researching on this site, the United States Curly Ribbons Cinnamon wore her usual orange shoes, while the black version wore the navy blue shoes.

Here is a nice selection of Crissy dolls from down under. On the right is a Crissy modeling Summer Social. This doll and her dress were purchased from Australia together. You will see how her lips have discolored to a butter yellow. Nice that it matches her dress, but it is odd looking!

Canada

Here is a pretty example of an early Crissy from Canada. The items inside the boxes from Canada are the same as found in the US versions. Note her darker orange lace dress! This is a major hallmark of a Canadian early Crissy. Her panties are also dark orange. Her shoes are shiny orange. The Canadian dolls operate the same way as the US dolls. Quite a few of these dolls have a lovely peach skin tone and slimmer faces. Their boxes have English as well as French on them.

The side of the box says:

IDEAL TOY COMPANY OF CANADA, 43 HANNA AVE., TORONTO, ONTARIO

PRINTED IN CANADA

This side of the box is printed in English.

The other side has English and French.

The paperwork included in the boxes was also written in French and English. The "postmark" is "TORONTO - ONT 1970." So cute!

More shots of the paperwork.

This photo illustrates well how nice the peachy skin tone on these dolls looks. It's almost heavenly!

The side of the box is marked just as the number one and number two Crissy boxes are.

Precious! Here is Velvet's Little Sister, mint with her box. The box, as usual for all Canadian dolls, is written in English and French as is her paperwork.

Here is a Canadian number one Velvet.

The side of the box:

© Copyright 1970,

IDEAL TOY COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED, 43 HANNA AVE., TORONTO 150, ONTARIO

The box has English and French versions of the same text on opposite sides.

Mexico

Mexico??? Yes, you read that right.

This gorgeous giftset was sold in Mexico by Lilí Ledy. If one decided to not buy the giftset, they had the option of buying Crissy separately too.

In Spanish the catalog reads: "La sensacional muneca con pelo que crece, y crece jy crece! Con vestuario de lujo y accesorios." This translates in English: "Sensational doll with hair that grows, and grows and grows! With luxurious clothes and accessories."

Want more? Go here. There is so much new information about her that she gets her own page!

Here is the giftset for 1972-1973, as found in the Lilí Ledy holiday catalog.

In Spanish, the catalog reads: "Estuche Crissy. Su pelo crece y su nuevo guardarropa es de gran moda." English translation: "Case(d) Crissy. The hair grows and the new wardrobe is very fashionable." Interestingly, it appears that the display boxes shown above are actually cases that hold Crissy and the items that come with the giftsets.

The 1973-1974 catalog shows the exact picture as the previous year's catalog. The copy reads: "En estuche con vestuario de lujo y accesorios. 45 cm." This translates: "In (a) case with luxurious wardrobe and accessories. 45 cm."

Germany

There is very little evidence that Crissy and her family were exported to Germany. It appears from Ideal documention that they never intended for her to be sold there. This doll came from Germany. The seller had the doll as a child. More than likely, independant exporters purchased quantities of dolls (and perhaps other popular American toys) and sent them to Germany to be purchased by store owners for resale. This doll is very "American" looking and shows no signs of being European in origin.

Brazil

Crecy!

Who the heck is Crecy??? And how do you pronounce that? Crecy is the Portuguese "way" of saying Crissy. This doll comes from Brazil. Ideal sold merchandising licenses to make several of their dolls to Estrela, a mainly Brazilian company (who also exported to Australia). In these agreements, several concepts were recreated, sometimes as Ideal intended them, and sometimes the toy or doll looked very different. Some of Ideal's dolls that were recreated into dolls at Estrela were Patti Playpal and Giggles. Some dolls they recreated didn't look much like their Ideal counterpart, but the mechanism that added the play value to the toy was the same.

Crecy was a growing hair doll, like her counterpart in the rest of the world, and she either had blonde or brunette hair.

The side of her box shows her in other outfits that she was sold in.

Here she is inside of her box, in one of her many issue outfits.

Her paperwork is identical in many respects to the Crissy instructions that we are used to seeing on American, Canadian, and Australian dolls.

It is written in English and Portuguese.

Her shoes are very "Crissy" in appearance. There is the usual bow decoration at the toe however the heel area is molded differently.

Her mechanism operates in the usual fashion.

Her "belly button."

On the inside of her box, just to her right, several hairstyle options were illustrated.

Here is another outfit that Crecy was sold in. This doll was sold in many different styles.

Not just another Crissy doll, the Brazilian version is a wonderful example of how international Crissy really was!

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Text and photography, © March, 2006, by Beth-Ellen Colvin
UK Velvet's Little Sister photos used by permission and courtesy Lesley Douglass