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Vintage Wilma Martinez Doll

Packaging and action figure designer, Lawrence Snelly, created this amazing Wilma doll which will be on display at Artscape (July 17-19 in Baltimore) along with vintage advertising.

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Adorable Young Wilma Modeling in 1955

Historians have used this photo to determine Wilma Martinez’s current age to be about 63. She has never in any of her interviews said definitively what her age is, but this very early modeling assignment dates her pretty well.

Young Wilma Martinez modeling in the Fall 1955 Sears Roebuck catalog.

Young Wilma Martinez modeling in the Fall 1955 Sears Roebuck catalog.

This detail from a Sears Roebuck catalog from 1955 puts her at about 8 or 9 years old and even at this early age she has the distinctive Wilma signature look that helped catapult her to stardom. I especially like that she is modeling a cute dress with monkeys on it, though I am not sure what’s going on with her hand…maybe she’s stressed out because she was not allowed to wear gloves.