Mar 212011
 
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Oh, this is the stuff of my youth. Believe it or not, although I was born in 1962, I did not own a Barbie doll growing up. But I had this doll, Talking Julia. I also had Mattel’s Rock Flowers and Timey Tell and Hasbro’s World of Love. That was back when girls still played with dolls until they were 11 or 12. Now they play video games. Sigh.

Talking Julia doll by Mattel

Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Talking Julia was made with the Twist ‘n Turn Barbie body and the Christie head mold. There was also a regular (non-talking) version of Julia who has straight hair and wears a nurses’s uniform.

View Talking Julia dolls on eBay!

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Lenci Miniatures

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Mar 192010
 
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We had a great program at the doll club meeting on Saturday by our member Susan Voake. She has a great collection of Lenci miniature dolls, sometimes called mascottes, and the program was very informative. These 9″ dolls were first made in 1928 or ’29, and Susan showed us how the designs of the dolls’ outfits changed during the depression, becoming less detailed. She also described features that enable a collector to tell a real Lenci apart from a knockoff. (One tip – many of the knockoffs have cardboard soled shoes, which Lenci never did.) Here’s a picture of a Lenci miniature from the upcoming Withington auction.

Feb 182010
 
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Did you know YouTube has vintage doll ads? They have several different ones from the ’60s and ’70s. I am starting to add them to the website (check out this hilarious one on the Bonnie Bride page), but here is one to whet your appetite. It’s for Mattel’s Rockflowers dolls, narrated by legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem.