Dating little people
Curiosuly enough, these characters have shrunk in overall size (compared to the Chunky People) and more closely approach the overall dimensions of the Original figures.
They are also much more detailed and colorful, as well as (for the first time) having distinct body limbs (arms and legs), which neither the Originals nor the Chunky versions did (well, one---and only one --- figure did; before you look here, do you know which one it is? In additon, they are made of a softer rubber-like material than any of the previous versions.........they're "squishable".
Then, beginning in 1950, we begin to see more and more toys introduced that builds upon this original design.....most popular being the #7 Looky Fire Truck.
In this very popular toy, you can really see the fundamental shape, size, and facial features of what was to become, almost a decade later, the "Original" Little People.