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About the Author Greetings! This is me when I was 3. And, as you can see from the photo, I was very happy when playing with my dolls. Decades later, dolls still hold a fond place in my heart. I have created DollKind in order to publish my doll history research articles and to share my enjoyment of dolls with you.

  closeup of Just Me Doll face

Just Me Dolls by Vogue Doll Company - The Original Vintage Just Me

Long before Ginny, Jennie Adler Graves had become known as an exceptionally talented doll clothing designer. Mrs. Graves began sewing for dolls back in 1922 from her home in Somerville, Massachusetts. Graves founded the Ye Olde Vogue Doll Shoppe, and started business by purchasing an order of bisque dolls from Armand Marseille in Germany. With their chubby toddler faces and big eyes, these would become the original Just Me Dolls.

For over a decade, Jennie Adler Graves focused her attention on creating beautifully detailed costumes for her Just Me Dolls. The dolls were manufactured with bisque heads and jointed composition bodies. They range in size from 8" to 11". Their faces were brightly colored with eyebrows placed high on the face, somewhat reminiscent of Dolly Dingle.

Image of Original Just Me Doll with Suitcase

As with Ginny Dolls, what sets Just Me Dolls apart from all others is the clothing. Just look at this fabulous, mint condition original Just Me Doll with her wardrobe trunk/suitcase. Made of wicker and topped with a pink satin bow, this clothing trunk holds exquisitely-made clothing that would have filled any early 20th century girl's heart with delight.

There are pink caps and hats, an apron, and even a little pink coat trimmed with satin piping. Hand embroidery, smocking, and tiny appliques are some of the fine detailing you will find on original Just Me Doll clothing. The doll is wearing a ribbon-trimmed dress and signature fuzzy ball shoes. She holds a pet lamb that is simply darling. All of the clothing features the Vogue Doll Company labels.

In the early part of the 20th century, tremendous care was put into making clothing for babies and children. This is duplicated, in miniature, in the best doll clothing of that period. Below is a close-up of some of the clothes included in the trunk belonging to this wonderful doll.

Vintage doll clothing for Just Me Doll

Image of Original Just Me Doll Wicker Trunk

Value of Just Me Dolls
In modern times, the Vogue Doll Company released a limited collection of new Just Me Dolls. Based upon the originals, these bisque/composition dolls are nicely detailed and many of their costumes are designed of reproduction vintage fabrics. Their suggested retail value is between $100 and $200. Original Just Me Dolls are much more valuable, and, in good condition, can bring in $2000 - $5000 at auction. Unfortunately, mint condition Just Me Dolls are rare as the bisque faces were subject to chipping.

In 1950, Jennie Adler Graves would present the Ginny Doll to the appreciative public. Because of their wardrobes, vintage Ginny Dolls have been a favorite for generations, but the Just Me Doll - the first of Mrs. Graves popular artistic endeavors - holds a special place in the hearts of doll collectors today. The beautiful photographs featured in this article were graciously provided by Diane Hoffman of No doll collector should miss a visit to her incomparable eBay store, where you will find a wonderful selection of rare and popular collectible dolls.