Made in Korea and Japan during the 1960s and 1970s for the American market, Bradley's line of dolls are unique on several levels.
Unlike most dolls, their bodies are constructed of wire skeletons surrounded by styrofoam and/or cloth, mounted on a wood or plastic base so they can be nicely displayed. They are often found with their fingers twisted into strange -and very painful looking- positions, due to the fact that each digit is wired to be articulated, although the hands are occasionally plastic or just cloth.
Also differentiating them from most other 'lady' dolls is the fact that their faces are painted on. The dresses are often elegant period pieces, with big hoop skirts and plenty of lacy frills, although their catalog includes such a wide variety of themes and ethnic styles, including a few 'mod' ones that have proven to be the most elusive and most sought after.
Their most distinct feature, though, is their oversized head and eyes; not disimilar to Japan's manga (comic book) and animé (animation) art, the large eyes have secured them aplace with many collectors of 'big-eyed' art.
Although some are not labeled Bradley ('Artmark' or 'Treasure Dolls' are two other brand names they were released under), most collectors assume that they were produced in the same plants.
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