Posted 2 years ago
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 :-)
Before and after photo's