Andrea Doria, a shop that sold second-hand furniture. When I spotted the Deluxe Reading mark on her neck I knew that she was an old doll and that I wanted her. The man at the store informed me that we'd bought enough stuff that day and that since the doll had been there almost a year with no takers, I could just have her. I took her home, found out who she was, and settled little Penny into her new dolly family.
I don't know much about Penny or Deluxe Reading, except that Deluxe Reading was apparently also Topper, the crew that made Dawn dolls and Suzy Cute. Apparently Penny was fairly popular, as she was around for the duration of Deluxe Reading's existence, inspired at least one clone, and a lot of stuff. Most of the dolls available from Deluxe Reading were quite large, like this one.
Tammy's sister Pepper.
She's a little taller than her "cousin" Suzy Cute, but not much. The difference in height is greater when Suzy sits, and less when both sit.Lime Chiffon, but that's not saying much because 95% of my dolls are taller than Lime is.
And of course, she towers over her more distant cousin Longlocks.
pageboy cut. The fibers are thick and so is the root job. There are a few spots that are missing hair, mostly along the left hairline...
"pie" eyes with cheerful, lifted eyebrows.
Penny bears a smiling mouth with apple cheeks and big dimples. Her lips are painted in a hazy pink-red shade, and her teeth are white. Sometimes a big, smiling mouth is a gamble, but Topper and Deluxe Reading were apparently quite good at winning this gamble. Suzy Cute had a stellar smile and so does Penny. She is missing a little bit of lip paint, though I'm only now noticing this; under normal magnification these rubs are not noticeable.
Attached to the body are (what else?) arms and legs. These limbs are also surprisingly rugged, being made out of thick, smooth vinyl.
Doll Reference swears that these limbs do not hold a pose, but guess what? My doll has limbs that can hold a pose!
Now that that's settled, NOW we can talk about clothes. Back in the sixties a new Penny Brite doll came in a red and white A-line dress with a white Peter Pan collar and blue floral appliques. Her hair sported a large red ribbon, and she would wear either white or red flats...but my Penny doesn't have any of those things but the shoes. When I found her, she was wearing this.
Despite the difficulty in dressing Penny in this outfit, I'm going to do it anyway.
Oh yes, I've also got these little red britches.
in this post; once upon a time there was an awesome website called idressdolls.com, and they offered dolly undergarments in a wide array of sizes and colors. It wasn't just panties, either; I got two petticoats and a pair of socks from there. Unfortunately the last time I visited that website they were only offering nylon panties in one size and one color (white), and now the store appears to be completely empty. Etsy still has a spot for the shop, but there's nothing available to buy. Bummer. Anyway, I got these red panties from there. I think they may have been intended for a Barbie, but they fit Penny without any fuss.
Before wrapping this up, here's one more picture of Penny and Suzy Cute together.
Ginny and Ginnette if you don't believe me! I think I'll call Penny and Suzy sisters from now on.
Now it's time for good stuff/bad stuff.
*Head appears to be splitting at the part line.
*One line of hair plugs is missing hair
*Missing a teensy bit of lip paint
*Nose is scuffed
*Sturdy; even the split scalp is showing no further signs of deterioration
*Cute face; it's not always easy to create an appealing doll with a smile this big
*Face is well-painted, and said paint is holding up reasonably well
*Limbs can bend, and the internal wires have not yet stained the doll
*Easy to clothe
*Vinyl has a lot of detail (dimples, palm creases, etc.)
I had no idea this little doll existed before finding her in that secondhand store, and I must say that she was a fortuitous find. Penny is very sturdy and well-made, just like her relative Suzy Cute is. Also like Suzy, Penny has an appealing expression, and her small-sized makes her a perfect younger companion for small fashion dolls like Barbie. Lastly, this doll is surprisingly easy to dress...though unfortunately I can't name any dolls that can wear what she wears. I'd love to compare this doll to an old Vogue Ginny and see how that goes. So if you're into small dolls and don't mind digging around online then I recommend Penny Brite. She's not terribly hard to find on eBay, and if you're not wanting a MIB doll then prices are reasonable. She'll be worth the effort.