Vintage Straight Leg Midge Doll
1963 to 1966
Blonde, Red / Titian, Brunette
Blue eyes, light brown eyebrows, coral lips, freckles
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
(In 1964 added the word "Patented")
Is sometimes called SL (straight leg) by collectors to differentiate from other Midge dolls.
Different lengths of hair
With Painted Legs
Different shades of brown eye shadow (light to dark)
It is speculated that the first Midge dolls came in the blue headband box and had teeth - partially verified by this video:
Straight Leg Midge had two of her own gift sets and was also included in four other Barbie gift sets in 1963 and 1964.
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!
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 Long Skirt
Knit Short Skirt
In the Royal Blue Color:
Royal Blue Knit Slacks
Two pair of Open Toe Shoes - Royal Blue and White
1963 Fashion Queen Barbie and Her Friends
1964 Barbie Wedding Party
1964 On Parade
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.
Here are the current listings: