We also had lots of used vinyl play dolls as give-a-way choices, and it is amazing how attractive such dolls can be if they are rescued from their forlorn tatters and brought back to something that resembles their original cuteness. Big Baby Betsy Wetsy by Ideal (c. 1959-1960) and Baby Squeezums by Horsman (c. 1978 - 1979), are two such dolls. Betsy Wetsy is dressed in a very well made two piece garment that was made by one of our club members, and is wearing a vintage baby bonnet. Baby Squeezums had no clothing, and after trying out several different outfits, it was decided that she would look best in this dress but we had to modify the sleeves to fit her properly. Restoration Tip: The better the clothing fits the doll, the more desirable it will look.
Both dolls needed extensive cleaning and new clothing, and although we were not able to restore their wigs to look like they did when they were new, we did achieve an acceptable condition that was enhanced by the use of baby hats.
Doll Restoraion Tip: We use Formula 911 made by Twin Pines to clean vinyl dolls because it works so well, but other cleaners are acceptable as long as they don't contain chlorine bleach or abrasive compounds. Avoid getting water inside of dolls that cannot be adequately ventilated for complete drying. Vinyl dolls can often be taken apart, making through cleaning an easier task.
You can find a photo and information about Baby Squeezums in the book shown on the left, page 66. She is 15 inches tall, and squeeks when her arm or leg is squeezed, forcing air through a groment in an upper leg. She was originally dressed in a very cute red and ecru dress, with a red, brimmed hat, and it would be lovely to find this dress and hat somewhere out in the secondary resell market, but probably an impossible task.