Toys of the Seventies, Dapper Dan & Dressy Bessy

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They were doll that taught preschoolers how to dress them selves. Button, zippers, snaps, tie laces, open & close buckles...etc. I had one of these "Dapper Dan" dolls in 1971 or 1972 when I was 4 or 5 yrs old. I loved it. I took it everywhere I went. I just found a newer version of it on! I think I am going to get one for my 4 1/2 yr old daughter! Thanks
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mellyaire - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a Dapper Dan doll. Still in good condition. I think I'll buy a new one for my son, because I don't want to get this one dirty and I don't think it's machine washable like the newer ones, at least, it doesn't say so on the tag. I do wonder though, how much he's worth now. Like I said, he's in good condition, just missing the original laces from his shoes.
greg - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I have one from 1971 or 1972 in mint condition!
ECH - February 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My aunt, Dane Coe, actually designed these toys.
eddie - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
im looking for a dapper dan doll i lost mine in a fire vintage dapper dan doll
genav1008 - April 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Dapper Dan was my first boyfriend. I loved him so much. I accidently left him at a local restaurant. I would not left my parents rest until we went back to get him!
melissa - October 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking for the Dapper Dan doll made in 1986. I can't seem to find that one anywhere!
Elaine - February 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Dear ECH. Is your aunt also the person who illustrated a book of poems by W. Keith Hafer called "Things I Love", published by the Massachusetts Savings Bank in 1968?
Christine - May 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I have Dapper Dan and Dressy Bessy from the 1970's both in great condition.
Dave Bonnett - January 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Make me a offer on a old Dapper Dan in mint condition
Lou - May 15, 2015 - Report this comment
I'd love to buy the dapper dan and dressy bessy dolls
Jeremiah finn - November 01, 2015 - Report this comment very interested
Magic Mark - March 13, 2018 - Report this comment
I have a Dapper Dan doll from the early 70's. Does anyone else remember the blue, plastic record that came with him where he sang all about how to dress and undress? I've seen lots of vintage dolls on ebay and such but no one has the record or even remembers the lyrics.
Rob Lambert - March 13, 2018 - Report this comment
Playskool first marketed Dan and Dressy Bessy in 1970. I reviewed several old toy catalogs on Wishbook Web. The 1970 Sears book had them selling for under $6 (no record mentioned). The 1972 Sears book showed a 50c price hike (to $6.35, no record). Also, smaller toys (Little Dan and Bessy) were available @ $3 each. The 1975 Sears book only offered Dressy Bessy, selling for $5.50 (no record).
Carol - August 06, 2019 - Report this comment
Yes - there was a record. the song went "My name is Dapper Dan. I'm a high flyin'......easy goin' man......." and that's all I remember of it. Been trying to find the words for years.
Donna schwan - April 21, 2020 - Report this comment
I have the records for both dolls for sale

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