Happy Dolls

The "Happy Dolls" were a series of hard plastic (styrene) dolls, but were only 7 inches high (Historical and Portrait dolls were 8 inches tall)

The girl dolls usually had a "ballerina" pose, with the left leg held out to the side, with the pointed toe just touching the floor.   In addition, their arms were slightly bent at the elbow, so if posed with them held over the head, the dolls took on a very animated pose, as if dancing.

Not all the girls were dancers - some, (like all the boys), had a straight legged pose, but with the right knee slightly bent, and the foot arched, as if about to step forward, so both body variants gave the dolls a more dynamic sense of movement. 

They mostly seemed to depict children, sometimes in adult roles, like Bobby the Policeman, and Arthur the Beefeater.

The range contained various characters - including National Costumes, and dolls reflecting various facets of the culture and daily life of the British Nation.

Happy Dolls were aimed at the younger collector, in particular, with characters that children could empathise with, like Wendy the Schoolgirl - (In the 'fifties, 'sixties and 'seventies, many of us were sent off to school dressed just like Wendy!).   In fact, mentioned in the book "The Peggy Nisbet Story", is a relevant anecdote.   A young boy was given "T/107 - Royal Marine Drummer", a doll in splendid military uniform, wearing a large drum.   The young lad was so enthralled with his little bandsman, that he decided he would join the Royal Marines.   Some years later, he did - and it was all thanks to Peggy Nisbet for inspiring this young man to such a fine career!

The "book" tag was a distinctive heart shape, and contained a short biography of its character, (an example is shown below)


The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.

Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide show.

Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :

  • Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
  • Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
  • See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
  • Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
  • Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021