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Arranbee Dolls: The Dolls That Sell on Sight, Identification & Value Guide Paperback – July, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574323431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574323436
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good reference book, "tons" of color pictures of all the dolls Arranbee made.
Bodicia
It is really important when you are a doll collector to have good books that help with identifying the treasures that you have found.
ccampy
I would highly recommend this book to any doll "admirer," either amateur or professional.
pagoda princess

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosario Robin on March 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have many doll reference books and this one is great. Although it is not really a price guide. It does have great color pictures and has a great history of the Arranbee dolls. A beaufiful book. It is worth having in your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By temps perdu on August 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is indispensable for serious Arranbee doll collectors and quite helpful for novices. You could learn more about the dolls and their costumes from faithfully following eBay sales but it would take years. The chief assets of this book are that it is the only book devoted solely to Arranbee (or R&B) dolls and it is mostly photos, all full-color on glossy paper. The entire history (c.1920-early 1960's) of R&B and its overlap with other doll companies is covered, with a good representation of most of its known dolls, from the composition era to hard plastic (post WWII), and finally vinyl. There is limited but useful info. on doll and clothing identification. For the more recent dolls, there are many photos of print ads that provide valuable details. The prices given are outdated and are typically higher than present prices. The authors acknowledge that they drew on information about Arranbee from other books, much of it unverified. A Bibliography and Appendix give further info. about this.

Contrary to what one reviewer states, the book does not by any means contain all Arranbee dolls (or outfits), nor could it. Records for the design and manufacture of these dolls (and their contemporaries made by other doll companies) simply does not exist. The authors piece together what history of the company they can. The presentation of the dolls is somewhat jumbled chronologically. Unfortunately, the book is littered with factual errors. This is troubling because it can misinform sellers and buyers alike. I have seen several instances of inflated sale prices on eBay on account of these errors.

Here are some representative examples of errors: p. 106, the two 14" dolls are not R&B but American Character Sweet Sue dolls in S.S. outfits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pagoda princess on October 22, 2010
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This book is an answer to prayer! For years I have been trying to find out the name and type of doll that was my childhood favorite. My mother and father bought her during the end of the Depression/start of World War II, and she must have been expensive for the time. When I finally received my "Arranbee Dolls: Identification & Value Guide" ordered through Amazon.com, I somehow I turned right to page 79, and there was my precious doll in all her store-bought beauty, with a red feather in her hair! Of course I had played with her over the years and after 50 years her clothes and hair were a mess. With the photo of how she looked originally I can now take her to a doll hospital and have her restored. Her original white rabbit fur cape is still intact. A new gown can be copied according to the photo, and new "red snap shoes" and white socks provided. I would highly recommend this book to any doll "admirer," either amateur or professional.
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It is really important when you are a doll collector to have good books that help with identifying the treasures that you have found. Love the pictures, so helpful.
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BOOK IN GREAT SHAPE. LOTS OF PHOTOS ON DOLLS I AM LOOKING FOR. Shows original dolls in outfits that are hard to find.
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