Straight Leg

Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll

Vintage Straight Leg Midge Dolls

Doll Name: 
Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll

Model #: 

Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll Head & Face

Box Date: 

Issue Date: 
1963 to 1966

Hair Colors: 
Blonde, Red / Titian, Brunette

Blue eyes, light brown eyebrows, coral lips, freckles

Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll NRFB


2-piece knit swimsuit - the colors were different for each hair color: 
Blonde - Light blue top, medium blue bottom, 
Red / Titian - Yellow top, Orange bottoms
Brunette - Pink top, Red bottoms 
White open toe heels

Black or Gold Wire Stand

Body Markings: 
Midge T.M. 
Mattel, Inc. 
(In 1964 added the word "Patented")

Is sometimes called SL (straight leg) by collectors to differentiate from other Midge dolls.

Variations include: 
Different lengths of hair 
With Painted Legs
Different shades of brown eye shadow (light to dark)

Midge with teeth

With teeth showing 

Midge with no freckles

With no freckles

Midge with teeth and no freckles

With teeth and no freckles

Midge Variation - Blue Headband on Box

With Blue Headband on Box

It is speculated that the first Midge dolls came in the blue headband box and had teeth - partially verified by this video:

Midge Gift Sets

Straight Leg Midge had two of her own gift sets and was also included in four other Barbie gift sets in 1963 and 1964.

1964 Midge Mix 'n Match Set

1964 Midge Mix 'n Match Set

This set is a mystery - I cannot find this set in any of the reference books I own, other than mentioning it by name in two books.  I have NO idea what was in it - The few online references and eBay listings all have different clothing attributed to it.  The most reliable I have seen, Theriault's, has it pictured with Pink Knitting Pretty and Garden Party dress.
It was suppose to be a Sear's Exclusive, but it is not listed in the Sear's Christmas catalog in 1963 or 1964.  The 1964 Sear's Wishbook has the Midge Ensemble Gift Set.  If you have a reliable reference, please email me!

1964 Midge Ensemble Gift Set

1964 Midge Ensemble Gift Set

Included clothing from Knit Mix & Match Group Fashion Pak (1963) along with a SL Midge Doll.  Items included in the multi-color stripe pattern were:
Knit Accessories
Knit Long Skirt 
Knit Short Skirt 
In the Royal Blue Color:
Knit Top
Royal Blue 
Knit Slacks
Two pair of Open Toe Shoes - Royal Blue and White

Barbie Gift Sets That Included SL Midge

1963 Fashion Queen Barbie and Her Friends Gift Set

1963 Fashion Queen Barbie and Her Friends

1964 Barbie Wedding Party Gift Set

1964 Barbie Wedding Party

Barbie 1964 On Parade Gift Set

1964 On Parade

Straight Leg Midge Reproductions

Japanese Midge

Japanese Midge Doll
Japanese Exclusive Midge Doll
Japanese Exclusive Midge Doll with Brunette Flip

It seems the Japanese market didn't care for the traditional Midge, so they made one of their own.   She was named "The New Midge" and was sold only in Japan in 1965 and 1966.

She has blue eye shadow and much smaller lash ridges that the regular Midge.

She had a new, unique head and face mold and came with Fashion Queen style molded hair and at least one wig.  I'm not sure if there were one or two wigs - as I always see this doll with the two wigs pictured here.   But it could be the same one, with one of them being pulled back.

She came with a blue headband (just like Fashion Queen Barbie) and wearing the same swimsuit as red head Midge - yellow top with orange bottoms.

She had the same body as Straight Leg Midge and came with a Midge pedestal stand.

SL Midge wearing Busy Morning
Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll
SL Midge wearing Sparkling Pink Ensemble

Here are the current listings:

Vintage Straight Leg Midge Dolls

Vintage Midge Dolls

Bendable Midge Dolls

Vintage Barbie Dolls


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