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October 12, 2004 to January 23, 2005

Poster of the exhibit
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200 luxurious Raynal dolls demonstrate the outstanding quality of this production and recall the childhood memories of several generations of little girls from 1922 to 1980.

The Raynal dolls, 1922-1980

Poupées Raynal
en feutrine et toile bourrée,
fin 1920-1930
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M. Edouard Raynal founded the Raynal company which specialized in the production of cloth dolls in 1922 in Paris.

In 1930 he received a patent for cloth doll heads which allowed washing without deterioration. For many years s he produced stuffed cloth dolls with cloth or felt heads. These dolls closely resembled the Lenci Italian dolls, the internationally known doll maker of cloth dolls.

Poupées Raynal en tissu, 1925-1929
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In the 1935, the company moved to Montreuil and began to produce a new type of baby doll with a plastic composition head and composition limbs fixed on a cloth body.

In 1936 the company introduced a stuffed cloth baby with celluloid head and side glacing eyes as well as a painted face baby inspired by the felt models. After 1937 rhodoïd replaced celluloid and during this period, the bodies were made of this unbreakable and flame retardent material.

Poupées Raynal en rhodoïd, années 1930

Poupon Raynal en rhodoïd et jersey bourré, 1938

Poupée Raynal en rhodoïd, 1950-1960
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In 1951 Raynal registered the « magic skin » trademark, a type of synthetic rubber very similar to the skin used to produce bodies stuffed with kapok. A hard plastic rapidly replaced this skin, which deteriorated very quickly. The dolls had a soft plastic body and after 1957 a plastisol head. However the production of rhodoïd dolls continued untill 1963.

In 1957, the Raynal Company became the Belinda Limited Liability Company. From 1960 to 1974 this company produced, in addition to the classical models, many PVC models, as well as mechanical dolls, electric dolls, fashion dolls, function dolls.

Poupon Raynal "baby love"
en plastisol, 1959

Poupon Raynal "capricieuse"
et sa boite d'origine

Poupon Raynal "capricieuse"
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In 1974 the company was sold to SPES then to Jamarex that went on producing Raynal marked dolls. In 1979 Jamarex entered the Miro-Mécano group and the Raynal trademark was no longer used.

The Raynal dolls always wore very high quality clothes that were often decorated by a brooch, a bracelet or a medal with the brand name.

From 1926 on, they were sold in boxes marked with the company’s name.

Raynal dolls were considered as luxury dolls and usually higher priced than those sold by the other doll makers. They were strong, well made, tastefully decorated and stylishly dressed.

They have usually survived quite well and still remain fresh. The dolls have charmed several generations of little girls and in the 1940-1950’s, any girl wished to own one.

The fame of the company was such that Raynal was chosen during the post war period until the 1960’s, to be the official provider for the Christmas party organized for the children of staff of the Elysée Palace, the residence of the President of France.

Broche Raynal, 1951
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The exhibit

The Musée de la Poupée has mounted the first exhibit in the world dedicated to the luxurious Raynal dolls that have fascinated several generations of little girls from 1922 to 1980.

Through Raynal dolls we discover the evolution of the evolution of the play dolls in France.

The materials used in doll making developed from cloth to celluloïd and to plastic materials.

Dolls changed through times to correspond to the children’s games and expectations : from a doll which became a baby doll, and in turn, to a mechanical doll and finally, to the fashion doll.

About 200 dolls of that exemplary French firm are presented with their original clothes and sometimes their boxes, period pictures of children with their doll, New Years gift catalogues, advertisings, and magazines…

Some remarkable dolls stand out among the different models created in cloth, rhodoïd or plastic :

- A cloth doll created to represent Shirley Temple, the famous young American actress.
- A very rare doll representing Queen Elizabeth II as a child.
- A fashion doll looking like Sylvie Vartan, the famous French pop star of the 1960’s.

This exhibit will enable several generations to recover their childhood memories and to discover the outstanding quality of these luxury dolls.

Alice au pays des merveilles- Julien Martinez
Tinnie et Sylvie Vartan
de marque Raynal par Jamarex, 1978-1979
Poupée Raynal représentant Shirley Temple
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Autour de l'exposition...

Guided tours

Samy Odin, director of the museum and designer of the exhibit, gives guided tours of the exhibit.

Price (Museum + guided tour) : 8
 € - with reservation -

Saturday 30th October 5PM - Thursday 25th November 5PM - Saturday 11th December 5PM - Thursday 20th January 5PM

Please note to arrive 3/4 of an hour before the conference to have time enough to visit the Museum.

Listen to tales and stories

After the visit of the Museum go on your trip in the universe of childhood, while listening to wonderful doll stories, surrounded by Raynal dolls.

Wednesday 4.30PM, with reservation, lasting about 1 hour 30.
Prices (Museum + tales) : 10 € - 8 € - 7 €

A specialized shop – A book shop

The Museum’s shop is opened at the same time as the Museum . Be sure to check the website for details :

You will find play dolls as well as collectible dolls, clothes and accessories and a wide range of books.


A doll hospital

The Museum’s doll hospital repairs antique dolls, celluloid babies… Doll appraisals are also available.

Free estimate on repair costs made on presentation of the sick doll.

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