Crolly Dolls

In 1939, the old factory building in Crolly, Co Donegal, was taken over by a company which was to become one of the most famous doll companies in Europe. I am collecting images of dolls and articles, as well as the dolls themselves - the photographs with a red background are of my collection of Crolly dolls, ranging from 1939 to the 1990s. See http://donegalgenealogy.com/crollydolls.htm for more on them!
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Daniel O'Donnell Crolly Doll, 1990s

Daniel O'Donnell Crolly Doll, 1990s

Crolly Dolls in a 1960 newspaper article

Crolly Dolls in a 1960 newspaper article

Crolly Doll in a 1968 newspaper article

Crolly Doll in a 1968 newspaper article

Crolly Dolls in a 1955 newspaper article

Crolly Dolls in a 1955 newspaper article

Crolly Dolls in a 1946 newspaper article

Crolly Dolls in a 1946 newspaper article

Paddy, Crolly Doll, usually seen as Larry the Leprechaun :-)

Paddy, Crolly Doll, usually seen as Larry the Leprechaun :-)

Vintage Crolly Doll, mohair wig, lovely condition

Vintage Crolly Doll, mohair wig, lovely condition

Lovely plastic Crolly doll, not her original clothes

Lovely plastic Crolly doll, not her original clothes

Ciara, Crolly Playdoll from the 1990s, flanked by two wee Crolly dollies from the 1950s. The Playdoll came without her skirt and with her top full of holes so, using the catalogue as my reference, I knitted exact copies of the clothing, using the same Donegal wool.

Ciara, Crolly Playdoll from the 1990s, flanked by two wee Crolly dollies from the 1950s. The Playdoll came without her skirt and with her top full of holes so, using the catalogue as my reference, I knitted exact copies of the clothing, using the same Donegal wool.

1960s-70s plastic Crolly Doll, who has had a bad haircut some time in the past!

1960s-70s plastic Crolly Doll, who has had a bad haircut some time in the past!

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