McCall's magazine had a noteworthy and long run from the late 1800s until personality Rosie O'Donnell became editorial director, renamed the magazine after herself and ceased publication in 2002 when she couldn't totally remake the magazine in her own image. But prior to the magazine's ruin, it had became one of the most popular magazines in the world by the 1960s.
One of the most beloved aspects of McCall's magazine was Betsy McCall, a paper doll that first appeared in the magazine in May of 1951, lasting off and on through Sept. 1995. The little paper doll grew so popular after her introduction that Betsy McCall vinyl dolls were produced by Ideal and American Character Dolls in the 1950s and 1960s and more recently by the Tonner Doll Co.
Ideal introduced the first 14 inch Betsy McCall doll in 1952, followed by the sweet-faced 8 inch hard plastic American Character Betsy doll in 1957 which became her most popular incarnation.
Over the years the dolls were produced in several different sizes by Ideal and American Character, and they were given some lovely vintage fashion outfits. The last year the vintage Betsy McCall doll was made was 1963.
The Tonner Company gained licensing rights to recreate the 1950s paper doll in 1995 and began making the modern Betsy McCall dolls in 8 inch, 14 inch and 29 inch sizes. The 8 inch Tonner doll is fondly known as "Tiny Betsy."
The 8" Betsy McCall dolls are very similar in size to the Eden Madeline dolls and can exchange clothes with them.
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