I stumbled across my beloved childhood dolls while preparing for a move, and I've been unable to part with them.
My Childhood Dolls
A few years ago, while packing to move, I stumbled across my childhood dolls. Memories of "baby doll contests" flooded my mind. I had actually won a few ribbons. However, to look at them now, one would never believe it. Battered by years of a little girl's love, they have missing hair, broken limb joints, stained clothing, or no clothing at all. This is not because I was rough with them or didn't care about them. It was just the opposite. I loved my dolls, and I played with them every day.
I feel "old" just knowing that they are now considered "vintage." I don't think any of them are rare, and even if they are, I don't think they would reel in much money. However, I feel as if I owe them some recognition for filling my growing-up years with such happy adventures and memories. So, let me introduce you to my dolls of yesterday.
1963 Horsman Dolls #BC116
"Nancy" was one of my very first dolls, and she's my all-time favorite. I had no luck finding much information about her on the internet. So, she was probably just an ordinary doll, not very popular and without a name. I did find the "rare" black version of her on eBay with a starting bid of US $9.99. She no longer has her original dress—I'm not even sure what it looked like.
This doll was not ordinary to me—and I loved her. She was under the Christmas tree in 1965 when I was just 1 1/2 years old. I named her "Nancy," but, to this day, it is not known where I came up with that name. She was well played-with, but she held up pretty well. She's just lucky she had painted-on hair (you'll understand why as you read further into my article).
I did crochet a dress for her when I was 8 years old. The dress she is wearing in the photo is actually a dress that my daughter wore as an infant. I just couldn't photograph her in that pink and purple crocheted dress.
When packing to move, I also remember thinking about getting rid of the doll cradle. I'm sure glad I didn't. When I think of my childhood dolls, Nancy pops into my mind first. OK—she's a keeper!
1960s Horsman Doll #87201-2480-NEW 17 EYE
I don't remember exactly when I got "Annie," but she was also one of my very first dolls. I have had no luck finding this doll on my internet searches. Very few searches come up with her markings, but none of the dolls look like my "Annie." According to the few articles I found, I believe she is a "Snuggle Softee Baby Doll" from the 1960s. She has a soft cloth body. I think she would say "mommy" when you squeezed her belly.
She does not have her original clothes, except for her undershorts. The dress she is wearing in this photo is also a dress that my daughter wore as an infant.
When I was searching for Annie online, I have to admit that I might not have recognized her if the photos showed her with hair. Poor thing—she was unfortunate to have visited a dreadful barber. (Yes, that would be me. Luckily, I never became a hair stylist—it just wasn't my thing.)
Real Live Lucy
1965 Ideal Toy #FL20-E-H33
When she was new, Lucy had a pretty little white dress that was trimmed in pink, and there was a big blue felt dog on the front of her dress. I remember when the felt dog started to peel off her dress. It actually sort of disintegrated. Anyway, the dress didn't last much longer. Lucy may have been my only doll to actually have an extra set of clothes: the pants and top that she is wearing in the photo (definitely a style out of the 1960s).
She is all vinyl, definitely not a cuddly doll, but I did love her so. Her head also bobbles, although I do not remember the significance or the purpose of this feature.
"Real Live Lucy" was a more popular doll than Nancy or Annie. I found Lucy on many internet searches—and for sale on eBay, Etsy, and other online shops. I saw that she sold for US $34.50 and higher, with the original dress. She was also on eBay in her original dress and box, with the plastic still wrapped around her hair. She was posted for a price of US $499.00.
Lucy was a Christmas gift—probably when I was 2.5 or 3.5 years old. I remember opening the box. She was so beautiful. As you can tell, she later had the same barber that Annie did.
There's something else I must tell you about Lucy. She underwent an identity crisis and eventually changed her name from Lucy to Luke. Yes—my other dolls needed a big brother, so she became my boy doll.
1968 Ideal Toy Corp #BTT9-N-124
Poor little Thumbelina—that barber got a hold of her also. She has a pull string on her back. After pulling it and letting go, she squirms—well, she used to. Also, she is still wearing her original clothes (although I don't believe she had any other outfits).
I was able to find her on the internet. She is listed as "Vintage Sister Thumbelina Doll." I saw her on eBay at a starting bid of US $22.23. I also saw her listed for US $39.41 and $41.72. However, those dolls were fortunate enough to still have their original hair.
I think I got Thumbelina for my 5th birthday. I sure did love this little doll. I let her keep her name and called her "Belina" for short. I wish I would have never cut her hair. What was I thinking?!
1969 Ideal Toy #GH-15-H-357
There were two versions of this doll: Velvet was the blonde, and Chrissy had the red hair. Both Velvet and Chrissy's hair length could be altered. To make it long, just press the button on her belly and pull the hair out of her head. To make it short again, just turn the knob on her back, and her hair would slowly recede back into her head.
Velvet, in her photo here, is wearing her original dress. Poor thing—like the rest of my dolls, she never had any extra clothing, either. I did find Velvet (and Chrissy) dolls on eBay listed at a starting bid of US $19.99. She was also listed for $24.99 and $29.99.
I'm not sure if I got Velvet for Christmas or for my birthday. I think I was in the second grade when I got her (1971 or '72). My friend (Robin) and I had just heard about this doll. Both of us wanted both Velvet and Chrissy. I remember my mother saying that I didn't need two dolls, so I needed to decide which one I wanted the most. Robin's mother had said the same thing. I don't remember how we decided who got which doll, but I got Velvet, and she got Chrissy.
Let me just say that Velvet was very lucky that her hair could be easily changed from long to short—that way, she did not have to visit that awful barber.
Living Baby Tender Love
1970 Mattel Inc #140
Living Baby Tender Love is all soft-touch body. She has jointed limbs, so she is extremely flexible. She no longer has her original dress. (I really don't know what happened to all of their dresses.) She was one of the very first dolls where you could actually give her real water in her bottle, and then she would wet.
I did find her on Google searches; she was evidently popular. Mattel has an entire line of Living Baby Tender Love dolls. My doll, #140, is the only one with the jointed limbs. A few years after my wetting doll, Mattel released models that talked, kissed, and hugged. Then, in 1973, Hasbro had to go one step further than Mattel, and they released Baby Alive—she could drink and eat and go potty (#1 and #2). I never did get to see one of these dolls in action.
The 1970 Living Baby Tender Love #140 currently sells anywhere from US $54.99 to $125.00 on eBay and other sites.
Ohhh, it was very difficult convincing my parents to get this doll for me. But I finally got her when I was around 8 years old. My friend Robin was really jealous. I named her "Angel," and I really loved this doll. I played with her so much that her left leg joint eventually broke. I patched her up with string and Scotch tape. Well, that didn't hold for too long. My dad also tried fixing her leg by wiring it together, and that held up a little longer. Still today, her leg easily falls off.
Angel does own one of my handmade crocheted outfits (pink and red). But, I just couldn't photograph her in that—so, she is also wearing a dress that belonged to my daughter. Oh—by the way, I had given up my hair styling business, so Angel didn't have to suffer the humiliation.
1971 Ideal Toy #LB-12-307
Lazy Dazy was—well, how do I say it? She was just lazy. She just couldn't sit up and stay awake. Her body is separated into two sections. The lower half is a hard, cup-like piece that holds sand. It is slightly angled on the bottom. The upper part is basically soft, hollow, and floppy.
You turn Dazy upside-down and gently pat her bottom until all the sand fills up the hollow cavity. Then just sit her upright and watch. As the sand slowly empties back into the bottom part of her body, she leans to the side and eventually lies down on her side and closes her eyes. (It appears that my Lazy Dazy also has a lazy eye.)
I found a few of these dolls on eBay, listed around an average of US $15.30.
I got Lazy Dazy when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It appears that Dazy may have gotten a trim before I quit the barber business.
Barbie and Friends
I remember my first Barbie—well, actually, she was the first and only Barbie I owned. I eventually got a Ken doll and a Skipper doll, as you can see in the photo above, so then my collection was complete. I still marvel at the number of Barbie dolls that girls today own.
I always thought my Barbie family was rich. They owned a dressing case, a few extra outfits, a camper and a POOL! I have looked on eBay at the campers—there are a few in decent condition, but most of them are well played-with like mine. They have been posted anywhere from US $48.00 to $98.00.
That camper has been through a lot. I was the first of my friends to own the camper; eventually, one or two of my other friends also got a camper. We would get together outside and pack all of our Barbies in the campers and drive them through dirt, grass, and up and down hills. Sometimes, our brothers would join us with their G.I. Joe dolls. That always ended in them wanting to start a fight between G.I. Joe and Ken.
Yes—we definitely played with our toys. We never thought once about keeping them safe in a box somewhere so we could make a profit off of them one day by selling them on eBay, etc.
And here is Barbie's 1973 Pool Set. And yes, I still have the box. I've seen the Barbie Pool sell anywhere from US $15.00 to $35.00.
I was the only one of my friends to own the pool. My friends and I had so much fun having "cookouts" and swimming parties. That was until the boys would crash our party with their G.I. Joes.
Between my friends and I, we owned the pool, camper, car, kitchen set, the cardboard dream house, and the airplane (which was really like a carrying case that opened up into half a plane). I am sure I am forgetting a few things, but we thought we had it all.
Dawn dolls were small 6.5-inch plastic dolls produced by Topper between 1970 and 1973. Apparently, Dawn doll sales surpassed Barbie sales for a brief period of time. However, these cute little dolls were discontinued when Topper went out of business in 1973. Above are the three that I own.
Dawn dolls and accessories can be found on eBay in a large range of prices (from US $.99 to $135.00). I just had to laugh when I was looking at what eBay had to offer: Someone was selling 12 pairs of Dawn doll underwear for $5.50. That is just a little too weird for me!
I pretended that my Dawn dolls were Barbie's children. I still have the plastic stands to keep them upright. My little dolls had several different outfits and accessories, little hangers, the model busts to keep their clothes on, etc.
From the Johnny West Series
In 1965, Marx Toys came out with a line of action figures called the "Johnny West Series" in an effort to compete with Hasbro's G.I. Joe series. Josie West was introduced in 1967, although I did not own one until the early 1970s. She was the daughter of Johnny West.
Josie quickly became friends with my Barbie family, even though she was quite different. My brothers had Johnny West, Thunderbolt (Johnny's horse), and Chief Cherokee, amongst other accessories. Hasbro eventually expanded their line with "The Best of the West" collection. My brothers collected these. They had Fort Apache. Of course, I also enjoyed playing with the fort and the new action figures.
These Dolls Are Full of Memories
So—what do you think of my collection? I know they are old and beat-up, but I don't know if I will ever part with them. They hold so many memories of an innocent and carefree childhood from so long ago.
In the 1960s and 1970s, kids didn't have a whole lot. My friends and I only had a few dolls each, and we played and explored with our imaginations daily. We were mothers, doctors/nurses, teachers, and barbers to our dolls. When we put all of our dolls together, we had a nicely sized classroom. And when we cut their hair, we didn't have the proper scissors.
As I grew out of my carefree days of youth, I could not bring myself to get rid of my beloved dolls. I packed them away, and they remained hidden in a box and tucked into a dark corner of the attic. I remember moving from my parents' home into my own and thinking how ugly a few of these dolls were; yet, I was still unable to part with them. So they were transferred to a different corner in a different attic until I stumbled across them again and decided to share.
Tell Me About Your Dolls!
I would love to hear about your favorite dolls, if you owned any of the same dolls I did, if you still have your dolls, or if you just want to say hello!
What About You?
- American Character Dolls 1919-1968
This is a great doll reference website. You can find a host of different vintage dolls and lots of information including: Doll Auctions | Doll Books | Dolls For Sale | Forum | Doll Glossary | Doll Marks | Doll Values
Share Your Thoughts and Comments
Heather on July 30, 2020:
I have a Crissy doll, Mrs. Beasley, Baby Tender Love, Betsy Wetsy, Baby’s First step and Giggles! I loved all my dolls. I had a Chatty Cathy but she went missing although I have her original outfits! I never got into Barbies.
Brenda on January 18, 2020:
I wish I had kept my dolls but my Mama would throw away my dolls and other toys.
Karen on September 16, 2019:
I had a Suzie Snoozy doll in the 60s. She was so ugly, but I loved her. She had a whited nightgown with a bonnet with a little turf of pink hair on her forehead. I do not know whatever happened to her. Do you think someone might have one for sale? Just Sentimental..
Lisa on September 15, 2019:
I have your same "Annie" doll, same id numbers and all. Mine still has her original green dress and until my granddaughters started playing with her she still had her hair up in the original green bow she came with. Sadly now not much hair left. "Cynthia " is one of my granddaughter's favorites, not sure why. Mine though has a windup knob in the back which moves her head around. I believe her name had something to do with Winkin/Blinkin/Nod? I, like you , have not been able to find out any other info. So glad to see another one around.
email@example.com on June 01, 2019:
How lovely to see someone else who still has their dolls. I'm 51 and kept a few of mine from the early 70s. They are now loved by my grandchildren. Still call them by their old names that I named them as a child. We have Katherine, Vanessa, Georgina and Rosie. Happy memories.
Gwen on May 09, 2019:
My sister and i were given Cinderella doll around 1962-63 that were dressed in pink gowns with a lacy overlay. She had removable "glass slippers and came with her little carriage that held her necklace and earrings. Do you know anything about this doll of how I can find info about it?
Carmen Perez on April 20, 2019:
Hi, this is a great site, I wonder if I could post my doll just to see what year it was created?
Mary John Da Silva on February 07, 2019:
My comment is in regards to Mattel's Living Baby Tenderlove, I have that doll from 1970 all original and have acquired 4 or 5 more since, I love that particular doll. I'm an adult avid doll collector with an extensive and varied doll collection of a lifetime, don't rightly know how many dolls I own. I collect what I love, Playpals, Kissy's, Baby Tenderlove's, Fayzah Spanos, Lee Middletons, Masterpiece dolls and many other artist dolls. Even having so many it's always such a pleasure and a joy to get another one and fun to discover thru the venue of the Internet how popular doll collecting is. It's got to be the funnest hobby in the whole world!
About the legs/arms falling off, yes those joints are delicate, vulnerable and suscceptible to breakage. My doll leg also broke, it's a very unique joint connection on the leg it's a type of cone that connects to what looks like a cup a little tight and snaps in to lock but with use changing the doll etc it breaks, I tried to find a doll doctor/hospital to fix it, did send it to someone cross country who sent it back unable to fix it. So I got creative, don't laugh but I found a solution that worked. I also sew for my dolls, and one day while sewing I got an idea, using a rubber thimble glued it to the hip joint connection of the doll, then with an exacto knife made a X on top, center of thimble when glue was totally dry snapped the leg cone into the snug X I made and voila, she's still holding, I'll tell you I'm careful with those dolls because I know this but as I said I love this doll and she got a new lease on life!
just1moredoll on September 12, 2018:
Your dolls bring back a few childhood memories. I am an adult collector now, and have about 3,000 dolls. My first love was vintage Barbie which gravitated to Kiddles and Dawn. Then there were the leggy Jill dolls. Now l have gotten deeply into antique bisque both French and German along with China head dolls, but l still have my modern vintage dolls as well. Once you get the love for dolls it's like potato chips, you can't have just one.
Anne on August 27, 2018:
Hello, what a great page! I still have a load of my old dolls from the 1960s/1970s...sindy, barbie, ken, pippa dolls, havoc, daisy and some of the charlies angels dolls. I would like to restore them properly but am struggling to find a good website or book to advise.
mel-kav (author) on July 05, 2018:
In response to Susie - I think the doll you are asking about might be the "1960 Suzie the Snoozie doll, 22 inch". Refer to the above link and look at the section for "1960 American Character Whimsies dolls". Is that your doll? I bet it was bought for you because her name is also Suzie (only spelled with a "z").
Debi on June 19, 2018:
I Love Your Collection. I had lots of dolls I had an Evenflo Doll and the bottles fit perfectly in her mouth. I had my dolls for years. I wanted to save them for my Girl(s). But my Mom gave them to my Niece who is 11 years younger than me. She destroyed them. She pulled out Chatty Baby's String, ripped all of the arms, legs, and heads off of Barbie, Midge, Skipper, Tuttie, Tammy, and Betsy McCall. They were all in excellent conditioner. I had two Doll Cases for them as well. Just do sad. I have 3 Girls and they would have Loved them.
susie on May 28, 2018:
Can anyone remember the name of a doll from the mid 1960s that had a cloth body, came with a nightgown and bonnet, had a plastic head with a goofy smile, asleep and a tuft of hair? She was so ugly she was cute
Bree on March 20, 2018:
I have a large collection from 1960 to 2005 ! Can anyone tell me what I should look for making them Collectables ? Ty
Joanne on September 08, 2015:
I had a Living Baby Tender Love that "Santa" brought the Christmas when I was four (I think). She was one of my favorites and I kept her until she started falling apart. I just bid on one on ebay...I cannot wait to put my baby dress (that my Dad bought for me 47 yrs ago) on her. AND yes I still play with dolls!!!
nikahexplorer on April 18, 2014:
Your lens remind me my childhood.
ChocolateLily on March 17, 2014:
I have a few of my dolls and stuffed animals. They are in remarkably good shape for the most part. Your memories were great!
tysam lm on March 10, 2014:
Nice lens! I have some of my old baby dolls in a box above the garage... have carted them from house to house over many years.. maybe it's about time I open it up again and bring back the memories! :)
Congrats on your LOTD
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on March 08, 2014:
What a wonderful collection! CONGRATS on LotD!!!
PaigSr from State of Confusion on March 08, 2014:
One nice LotD. Two for me it was a stuffed dog. And no I can't find it Three if you count my Lego sets I still have those.
nightbear lm on March 07, 2014:
Congratulations!! a lovely doll collection.
SteveKaye on March 07, 2014:
I had a teddy bear. Does that count?
Fay Favored from USA on March 07, 2014:
My sister would like seeing these. She has so many dolls. What a great collection. It's nice to see that you have been able to keep them. Way to go on LotD.
happynutritionist on March 07, 2014:
It is amazing that you still have all of these and I love your daughters opinion of the page...lol
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 07, 2014:
Wow -- congrats on LotD. Well done, as is this lens! I never really got into Barbie dolls (although my daughter had a couple), but I remember some of my baby dolls. Somewhere along the line (age 9 or 10 perhaps) I got very interested in twins and thought I'd like to have twins when I grew up to be a mommy. Anyway, one Christmas I got twin boy and girl dolls that were small - perhaps 12" tall. The following year I got twin boy/girl dolls that were the size of newborn babies and I LOVED those. I kept them for years. Then I grew up, left for college, met my hubby and married and during those years my folks sold their home and moved to a mobile home and got rid of ALL the stuff in their attic, including those dolls. I wish I'd taken them with me when I first left home because I ended up with a daughter and it would have been fun to pass them on to her. BTW, I didn't end up with twins for children -- had boy - girl - boy instead - all several years apart. LOL.
Ibidii on March 07, 2014:
Congratulations on LOTD mel-kav! I have been to this page before, I did not see I left a message. I have 2 dolls from the 1950s that I got when I was 6 and 8. I lost all the Barbies some time in one of my moves. My 3 daughters and lots of kids I babysat played with all the dolls we had. I will do a story/lens on it this year. Great lens!
Donna Cook on March 07, 2014:
When I was a kid in the 50's, life size dolls were very popular. Just love mine. Great lens!
Ruthi on March 07, 2014:
Your daughter is too funny and I think just to really creep her out that you ought to fill up that cradle with your baby dolls and give it a prominent place in the family living area. I didn't play with dolls other than a Raggedy Ann and Andy, and oh, how I wish I still had that pair! I was a tomboy and much preferred the great outdoor games.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 07, 2014:
oh my goodness, this page is a step back into my childhood! my two favorite dolls (other than Barbie) were Tubsy & Shirley - Tubsy, splashing in the bathtub and Shirley was a walking doll, (how's that for high tech, lol) - Congrats on Lens of the Day!
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on March 07, 2014:
Congratulations on LOTD. I never kept any of my dolls, but I particularly remember one because it was such a wonderful Christmas surprise; a Cinderella doll that was as tall as I was. Beautiful lens.
bjfoxglove on March 07, 2014:
This is a really cool lens!!!
Carol Houle from Montreal on March 07, 2014:
Great lens. I had four dolls from my childhood, still have 3 of them. Played with the neighbor's barbies. I started a small collection of porcelain dolls. Only one left now.
Delia on March 07, 2014:
Congratulations on LOTD! I was here in Dec. and am happy to see this lens was nominated...nicely done!
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on March 07, 2014:
I love dolls and still have one of my Mom's dolls (mom is now 92, so the doll is almost that old!) and my Tiny Tears doll from the 50's. Plus, I have one of my daughter's and granddaughter's dolls...so 4 generations of dolls. Thanks for sharing your doll collection. Congratulations on LotD! :)
angelatvs on March 07, 2014:
Great lens! I only saved a few of my favorites, now I wish I had saved them all!
EveStanley LM on March 07, 2014:
Great lens!It's a pity I lost my dolls a year or two ago. Thank you for bringing back memories!
SMW1962 LM on March 07, 2014:
This brings back memories! I played with many of these dolls as a child.
katiecolette on March 07, 2014:
Wow, you have quite a collection. I still remember my first doll, but I think my parents gave all of my dolls away to their friends' younger kids :)
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on March 07, 2014:
Back to read through this precious lens again and congratulate you on your Lens of the Day honors today!
GrammieOlivia on March 07, 2014:
My MIL had one heck of a doll collection and until she started that hobby, I was not interested in them. Now I have a few of her dolls and I will give them to my Granddaughters, they still are not my favorite plaything, I was more into the cars and hands on dirty, messy and downright boy's toys. I happen to have been a barber just like you to my dolls!
Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on March 07, 2014:
I agree with your daughter this was a pretty scary lens. However I do remember most of these dolls from my growing up years. I never had GI Joe dolls or anything like that train sets and race cars were more my scene! Welld one on the LOTD!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 07, 2014:
What a wonderful collection and how awesome that you held on to your babies, even if some of them were "ugly" to your adult eyes. Congratulations on lotd!
Dawn from Maryland, USA on March 07, 2014:
Congratulations Eileen for LotD!!!!! Well deserved!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 07, 2014:
Congrats on Lens of the Day! And the dolls are cheering!
AnuradhaM on March 06, 2014:
Aww.. a number of cute dolls there. I loved your Velvet the most. Quiet an interesting lens. Loved it.
Vickie Moses on March 06, 2014:
I love your lens! I still have my very first doll. I was only four years old when Santa gave her to me for Christmas. She is a very old doll.
Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on March 06, 2014:
Vintage dolls are awesome! I have my Barbie and some old vintage clothes there were made for here. Oh My I do remember the Barbie Van I use to have. I adored it. GREAT Lens!
Robin S from USA on March 06, 2014:
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 06, 2014:
This was so much fun. I wish I knew what happened to my dolls. I had them stored at my mother's house. I think my sister took off with them. I know they would have been worth quite a bit, as they were in pristine condition with all original clothing. I love a doll lens that can make you laugh out loud more than once. That's quite a feat. :-) *My sister's dolls must have had the same barber.
Amine from Doha, Qatar on February 14, 2014:
you have very nice collection, i used to play with barbie dolls with my sister, and dress them up, hey barbie wanna go for a ride? hahahha funny moments with the middle 90s song barbie girl by aqua. well done mel
Renee Dixon from Kentucky on January 26, 2014:
Great collection! I still have a few of mine as well :) I loved your Thumbelina doll especially!
Takkhis on January 15, 2014:
These vintage dolls are very pretty to look at :)
Delia on December 07, 2013:
Love your collection! My own favorite doll was a German Schildkrot (turtle) porcelain with hair and another one that didn't have real hair. Both were accidentally given to the Goodwill with all my childhood books.
chrisilouwho on December 06, 2013:
Really interesting, kind of wishing I had kept a few of my own now.
candace-peters-crew on November 28, 2013:
I loved it! I still have my first doll, Carlene, and she had a cloth face so she was filthy and beat up looking. My sister bought me another one on ebay a few years ago that I guess had never been as well loved :)
Dawn from Maryland, USA on November 24, 2013:
I can't stop coming back... this is great stuff. :)
anonymous on November 23, 2013:
Annie's haircut is just fine. As a matter of fact, it's timeless. I mean, have you seen some of the haircuts today, on humans? (haha)
I love Lucy's (Luke's) little outfit - it's a classic.
I didn't own Thumbelina, Velvet, Little Baby Tender Love or Lazy Dazy, but I remember watching the commercials on Saturday mornings. (Didn't you just love those Saturday-morning commercials?
You know, I'm a big fan of Antiques Roadshow on PBS, and the value of some of these vintage dolls and doll furniture is mind boggling. So don't ever get rid of your doll cradle because it might be worth more than you think.
Oh I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing.
Tasha North on November 21, 2013:
I also had one of those, huge one with frilly red dress,my grandmother use to keep it for me
invest90 on November 20, 2013:
I still have my first doll. I was pumpkin head (real name) and it is still stilling on my dining room shelf along with my grandmothers doll and wardrobe.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 20, 2013:
I love your collection! I wish I had been encouraged to keep my dolls, though I honestly don't remember them. I was more of a book person even as a young child.
Dawn from Maryland, USA on November 19, 2013:
I came back to read the parts i had to skim this morning... ahaha. Love this!
Dawn from Maryland, USA on November 19, 2013:
OMG...I laughed so hard I'm sure the neighbors heard... "It appears that Dazy may have gotten a trim before I quit the barber business." Fun lens!