Have you seen a GI Joe Doll like this?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by quercus21, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if anyone could help me in identifying this doll. Upon my step grandfathers death I received it. He was a Chaplin in WWII (Normandy - Germany). From my understanding, he had it with him during his service. Some people said it might have been used as a "ice" breaker with the children he encounter. I was just looking for a bit more history and proper storage for it. Right now it is in a clean/dry place. Also, has anyone else come across a doll like this?

    The head, hands and boots are made from wood. Looks like hand carved and painted/stained(?). The uniform seems like it is made from wool, like the military issue cloth. The body seems to be cloth of some kind. On the back of him is a tag made from cloth that looks like it was typed on which states GI Joe and something in French. "un soldat americain votre ami et votre allie".
    I have found out that it translate to: "a soldier americain your friend and your ally"

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    Thanks
    Kaj
     
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    I have no information, but that is COOL!!!
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    looks handcarved
     
  4. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I believe they were given out to the French by the Salvation Army or Red Cross after WWII I cannot remember which.
     
  5. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are GI Joe collectors, some from the 60s go for big $$.
     
  6. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, hey, Joe? You've got something, right there. I think you may have sat in something.


    Odd tag placement aside, this guy is so neat looking.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I agree
    It's probably one of a kind
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ever see that show History Detectives on PBS? I think you should contact them about this doll if Googling doesn't help. I will look around and see if I can find anything.

    ETA: I did find that the GI Joe action figure started in the 60s, but the term GI Joe started around the time of WWII.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  9. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone for your input. I wrote away to the Red Cross and Salvation Army to see what they have to say.
    In the past I have tried GI Joe collector sites with no results (some not replying and some having no idea). I recent wrote to a "Toy Hall of Fame", which I haven't received a response.
    Yea, I would say it is hand carved and hand painted.
    I'll try the PBS History Channel next. Write them a email and see what happens.

    Have a Happy & Safe Holiday today
     
  10. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a great piece. I would contact Antiques Roadshow. It may have been made just for your step-grandfather by a friend. Even so, it is unique. Don't you just love the mystery of it, though?
     

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