Greek key snaps on vintage doll clothing

An extreme close-up of a Greek key snap, showing in detail the Greek key or P pattern around the edgeGreek key snaps, or "P" pattern snaps, were often used on vintage doll clothing in the 1950s and 1960s. Sometimes they were painted, sometimes they were left unpainted. The unpainted ones could be made of either silver or gold-colored metal.

They are often referred to as "Ginger snaps," because they were used so much on Cosmopolitan Ginger clothing. However, they were also used by other clothing manufacturers on shoes and clothes.

Here are a few of the places you can find Greek key snaps:

On a tagged Ginger dress:

White-painted Greek key snap on a tagged black-and-white checked Cosmopolitan Ginger dress

On a mint in box Fortune Ninette's clothing:

Red-painted Greek key snap on a MIB Fortune Ninette's white and red ski outfit

On a Fortune Pam's dress:

White-painted Greek key snap on a Fortune Pam's tea party dress

On an A&H Gigi outfit (identified in Small Dolls of the 40s & 50s by Carol Stover, pages 11 and 13):

Unpainted silver-colored Greek key snap on a documented A&H Gigi dress, red with a white, yellow, green, and blue floral pattern

On an unidentified Ginger clone's dress:

Unpainted gold-colored Greek key snap on an unidentified Ginger clone's pink satin formal

On a pair of fuzzy-bottomed center snap shoes from the early 1950s (worn by an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll, but may not be original):

White-painted Greek key snap on a pair of fuzzy-bottomed cream satin center snap shoes from the early 1950s

On a pair of replacement side snap shoes for a Madame Alexander Alexander-kins:

Black-painted Greek key snap on a pair of black suede side-snap shoes with cardboard bottoms, made as replacements for Madame Alexander Alexander-kins or Wendy dolls

On a pair of center snap shoes worn by Ginny, Muffie, Ginger, Ninette, and other high quality toddler dolls in the early 1950s:

Unpainted silver Greek key snap on a pair of black oilcloth center snap shoes


  1. Katherine I just discovered your blog and thank you very much --Sarcastic Grin---you've managed to keep me from doing housework for the past hour+++! You have gathered SO much information in one place--Wow! I am SO impressed!

    I have a quick question about the "Greek Key" snaps. Have you been able to find a source for replacements or reproduction? I am making reproduction shoes and haven't been able to find ANY snaps that have a nice cover on them in the small size anywhere. I would feel like I have died and gone to heaven if I found them! I've been looking for over a year!

    Keep up the good work, I love reading your blog. Now if I could just figure out a way to archive it in case you ever decide to close it down -sigh-. I've had that happen to a few sites I used to use---what a loss.

    Much appreciation for all your hard work and willingness to share with the rest of us!


  2. Linda,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I get easily distracted by doll stuff too, so I completely understand. :o)

    Don't worry, I don't plan on my website going anywhere anytime soon. But if you are concerned about it, you can probably print or save the individual post pages. Just please don't repost my writing or pictures anywhere, as the material is copyrighted. :o)

    I have no idea where to find reproductions of these small snaps, but I would think someone ought to make something similar, at the very least. I am also going to experiment sometime soon with heating the snaps with a hair dryer to remove them, and then pressing them back together somewhere else. As you probably know, it was quite common for these snaps to tear right out of the fabric when played with, so I need to find a way to repair dresses that have lost their snaps!


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