One of the original "Poor Pitiful Pearl" dolls from the 1957. She is in her orignal box with the story book and a 1957 article on how she orginated.
Pearl is an all vinyl dool with two sets of original clothes.
She is wearing a sheer blue party dress with toille underskirt. She also comes with her blue and white cotton tattered dress and red and white scarf along with an extra pair of black shoes and socks.
Pearl has blonde hair cut in various lengths and blue sleep eyes. This doll was first offered by Brookglad Corp. and Glad Toy Co in December, 1956. The doll is in very good condition and measures 17 inches in height.
The booklet that comes with the doll has six page drawings showing what Pearl needs, with a line of explanation under each. And at the back of the booklet are three pages with eight suggestions for combining Pearls hair.
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From the Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Friday, May 3, 1957:
"She's no beauty! But most of the youngsters love her. Mrs. Ben Ross of Brookglad in New York conceived the idea of making William Steig's 'Small Fry' into a doll. Her thesis was that the pitiful appearance of Pearl would bring out the mother instinct in her young possessors. Manufacturers in the doll and toy business laughed at the idea and expressed serious doubts that "Pearl" would be well received among the young set (boy were they wrong). And so Mr. Steig sculped Pearl under the supervision of Ben Ross. It was Mrs. Ross's idea to take Pearl from rags to riches with two outfits. By mid 1957 pearl had found her way into Bullock Wilshire Store, I. Magnin in San Francisco; Neiman Marcus in Dallas; Marshall Field in Chicago; F.A.O Schwarz in New York and Boston as well as in Europe and Canada."
To say "Pearl" was a success is an understatement.