Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mmm-Mmm Good!

    If you look closely, this little face may look vaguely familiar.   This is the Campbell Soup Kid, dating from 1910.  The doll is based on a character created by Grace Drayton.  Grace was the illustrator of a comic character called Dolly Dingle, and there is a strong similarity between Dolly and the Campbells Soup Kids.

    The doll measures about 12", and is stuffed with crushed cork.  In 1910, this was considered a "new" material to use in dolls.  It sure held up, and kept the doll in good shape for 106 years!   The composition of her hands had deteriorated so badly I replaced them with another set of the same era.  Doll parts saved from other projects can be a life line for the broken and desperate!

       This doll was well loved over the years, but her joyful expressive face was still very much intact!

    There was evidence of her shoes, but the color was completely faded away.  New shoes were needed!

    I freshened her up with acrylic paint, and designed these lovely high tops for her dainty little feet.

    Viola, is all cute and adorable once again.  I am so grateful her head was made from such a strong material.  She didn't need any patching.   I repainted her with acrylic paint, and she looks nearly new.

       This cute little character was used for advertising the Campbells Soup for many years, eventually becoming an American icon.   The doll was sculpted by another female artist, Helen Trowbridge.   I named her Viola, as that was the first name of her creator, Viola Grace Drayton.

    As the leaves begin to turn, ever so slightly, here in northern Wisconsin, it reminds me that the cupboard shelf needs to be restocked with good-ol' soup once again!!  

                                                                               Smile On!        Audrey

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