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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I have been working on restoring 2 stores display manikins for past month and after much work the are ready to have a coming out party :-)
    This manikin is 25 inches tall made by Darling Co Michigan 1940's
    She sort of reminds me of a Coca Cola Girl but she would have modeled sample size clothes for patterns and garments sold in the store . You could order it in full size but to save on material during WWII many of these miniature manikins replaced full size ones and were displayed on a counter top . They were working girls and are not dolls .
    She came to me with crushed feet and ankles fingers missing and a make shift arm rod from old piece of lumber with 2 in nails in it ! I had to refashion arms back to how they show be and redo the arm opening so that arms would stay in place .It took 2 hours to remove old tape ! She is not perfect but heck she is 70 plus years old and bound to have some wrinkles :-)
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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Best makeover EVER!!
    2. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much Efegirl I really appreciate that coming from you a fellow collector of dolls although she is not a doll but close :-)
    3. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Your a fantastic surgeon Manikin.
    4. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thanks pw-collector I guess my nursing career paid off I won't ask for a refund on my tuition since I am still practicing surgery :-)
    5. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you mikelv85 always nice to have you stop by :-)
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Reminds me of when I had to repair spelter statues for people. You do a fine job so can imagine her smile will be big when you finish. This one I really like as it really shows off her big personality with her hollywood smile !
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      She looks wonderful Manikin, well done:-)
    8. buckethead, 4 years ago
      Obviously you have talent :) Nicely done!!
    9. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Wow......Super before//after pics!! You ARE a MASTER of this !!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Oh WOW Mani!! You really done an INCREDIBLE job on this. Simply amazing what you've done with her!
    11. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 4 years ago
      Nice job Mani!
    12. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you Phil I always appreciate your support and glad you stopped to see my latest project :-)

      Antiquerose many many thank yous my friend !

      jscott thank you and what a wonderful comment :-)

      oh my dear roy so nice you stopped by and offered to buy her a dress <smiling>

      Daddy_Nobucks thank you for stopping and she reminds me a lot of the Coca Cola girls with that big smile :-)
    13. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Many thanks nutsabotas6 ! I sure appreciate the nice comment and glad you stopped :-)
    14. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Many thanks to all that have stopped at my post I appreciate each of you :-)
    15. KarenLR71, 4 years ago
      WOW ! Super impressed. There are doctors that I would put you ahead of if I needed certain repair work done!!
    16. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      LOL Karen well I am a RN maybe my career helped me to take a interest in restoring these treasures of the past . Thank you so much and it is great to meet you :- ) but I hope it isn't because your body fell apart :-)
    17. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Manikin, that is an awesome restoration!!
    18. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Mrstyndall, Thank you so much :-) I appreciate the kind comment and I always enjoy your posts too !
    19. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much MountainGirl I appreciate you stopping :-)

      Many Thanks farmlady and thank you for stopping :-)
    20. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Awwesome restoration, Doctor Mani! BRAVO!!!
      You must have struggled with the scotch tape!
    21. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      kyratango that tape was something else and it was many layers deep . The whole rest of foot came off when I finally got it all off . You fix jewelry I fix manikins :-) Keeps us both busy . Nice to see you stop xoxo
    22. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 4 years ago
      What a makeover. Amazing rebuild. Wow.
    23. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much Wandlessfairy I sure appreciate you stopping and leaving such a nice comment :-)
    24. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you to all that have stopped it is much appreciated and I am always happy to see you :-)
      Sorry I get a bit behind in my thank yous
    25. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 years ago
      I thought that was you Manikin. I would have known you anywhere.
    26. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Yep you caught me fhr :-) xo
    27. AnnaB AnnaB, 4 years ago
      What an amazing transformation, Mani! There's nothing you cannot do.
    28. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Hi AnnaB I have missed seeing you ! Have you found any new dolls lately ? I always love your posts . Keep in touch my friend :-)
    29. AnnaB AnnaB, 4 years ago
      Hi Mani, yes, i'll try my best to stay online, but it's not easy. I did find new dolls, i think my family will soon evict me =) In fact, I'd like to share one of my most recent projects. This rescue was not as dramatic as yours, my skills and knowledge are still pretty limited, but i'm proud that one more doll is rescued from a trash can. I'll post it separately. Glad to be back!
    30. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      I will watch for your post Anna :-) You always do a wonderful job saving these treasure !
    31. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      What a beautiful work. I wish I could find one of these.
    32. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you mcheconi . I wish you could also . To bad your so far away because shipping from USA would be very expensive . I still love that one you have :-) So nice to see you my friend
    33. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Great job on this!!! Love these !
    34. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      What an amazing restoration! You're so talented!

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