and a very special, heartfelt THANK YOU to YOU, my dear, dear blogger friends, pals and companions. In my heart, there is no distance between us *VBS*With the wonders of our modern age, not only memories can span the miles and years...pictures can too. This lovely Christmas Day portrait of DD#1 and her little family came zipping across the miles last evening. And a couple pictures of that DGD opening my gift to her. She wasn't with her Dad and my DD on Monday, they got to pick her up on Tuesday morning *VBS*. She's 16 now and getting to be quite the beauty.
Since my doll pictures and memories touched a soft spot for many of you, I'm going to give you a BIG grin *VBG* and a few more. This little darling is Sparkle Plenty, the baby daughter of Dick Tracy. She came to my house on Christmas of 1947, along with a stuffed Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Both were special to me, but alas, they met the fate of my other toys. Sparkle Plenty was made with a new "magic" skin, which turned out to be a disaster. It blacked and got hard over the years. It's rare to find a doll that still looks this good. This is an eBay photo. I didn't bid on the doll, but was delighted to find a picture of her.
Another Ebay photo, and more dolls that I couldn't possibly afford. I recieved the one in the back row, dressed in a blue fleece snowsuit in 1945. "He" was my most favorite doll ever, I think. The dolls had a simulated 'real' hair, and it was called "caracul". I have a couple more ebay pictures of them, but the dolls are hard to find and went well over $200. I'm happy to have found pictures.
These little darlings look like toddlers. They are the "Kissy" doll from 1961-1965. My youngest sister got one for Christmas in 1961. I've had hers for years and years, altho NOT in the original clothes. A few years back, in a moment of foolish weakness, I decided to 'collect' Kissy dolls. Trust me...not a wise move for someone in limited house space. They wear size 12-24 months clothes, and take up more room than you'd imagine. I quit with about 25. I have several in original boxes, and original clothes. They came in s variety of outfits, and are NOT hard to find on ebay. They also came in a 16" size, altho I collect the larger ones. They are moderately priced. They were made by Mattel, but only for 4 years.
And last but not least, this little cutie is "Baby Small Talk". My Dad gave DD#1 a doll just like this one for Christmas the year she was one..1968. Apparently HE really liked the doll because he gave her another one(exactly the same) for her second birthday....LOL. They got passed along to relatives, but I've purchased two more on Ebay, and for now, they live on my dresser.
Even if you don't have the dolls you loved as a child, it's kind of neat to go looking for them. There are lots of doll sites on the internet, it just takes a "google" or a visit to Ebay...happy browsing *VBS*