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Effanbee Dolls

The Effanbee doll company was founded by Bernard Fleischaker and Hugo Baum, taking its name from the first initials of the founders' last names, F&B. The company was founded around 1910 and started producing dolls in 1912. At this time, doll makers had begun using composition to produce their dolls, so Effanbee became a leader in the composition doll market.

The best known Effanbee doll is Patsy, who was also the first realistically-proportioned child doll introduced to the toy market. Introduced in 1928, Patsy stood 14 inches tall and had bobbed molded hair and painted features. She was produced in composition from 1928 to the 1940s. Reproduction Patsy dolls were produced in vinyl beginning in the '80s, and a redesigned Patsy doll was introduced in 2012. Effanbee also produced Patsy companion dolls, including siblings Patsy Ann, Patsyette, Patsy Lou, Patsy Joan, and a brother, Skippy.

Effanbee produced many other dolls in addition to Patsy. One was the first hard rubber drink and wet doll named DyDee Baby. This doll was introduced in 1933. Effanbee also produced dolls in cloth, hard plastic, and vinyl. Most dolls are marked Effanbee or F&B, although some are unmarked. Effanbee has changed ownership several times since its founding and is currently owned by the Tonner Doll Company.


Quick Facts

  • Patsy was the first doll to have her own manufactured wardrobe. She also had her own fan club, which is reported to have had 275,000 members
  • Effanbee created the first hard plastic Kewpie Dolls in 1949. These were modeled from Kewpie predecessors in bisque, composition, and celluloid
  • In 1977, Effanbee offered a line of Disney dolls. Included in the line was Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Charming

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pretty Party Patsy® Fashion Doll by Effanbee, Robert Tonner 11 in. (27.9 cm.)
Apr 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Pretty Party Patsy® Fashion Doll by Effanbee, Robert Tonner 11 in. (27.9 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$358 Bids
Effanbee "Lucifer" Marionette, V. Austin & a Doll
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Effanbee "Lucifer" Marionette, V. Austin & a Doll
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Mixed group of 6 dolls, including Charlie McCarthy by Effanbee and more
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Mixed group of 6 dolls, including Charlie McCarthy by Effanbee and more
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Mixed lot of dolls, including wind up walking doll, some marked Effanbee and more
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Mixed lot of dolls, including wind up walking doll, some marked Effanbee and more
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Effanbee Fashion Doll 16 in. (40.6 cm.)
Apr 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Effanbee Fashion Doll 16 in. (40.6 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Effanbee "Anne Shirley"
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Effanbee "Anne Shirley"
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Effanbee Flirty-Eye "Honey"
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Effanbee Flirty-Eye "Honey"
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

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