Mar 212011

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.

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Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Doll club program on Toni

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Mar 192011

At the San-D-over Doll Club meeting today, we had a program on Toni dolls. We watched the DVD “Which Doll is the Toni?” from UFDC and members brought in a variety of Tonis to share, including the original Ideal hard plastic dolls, the 10″ vinyl version from American Character and her larger sisters, and newer reproductions. I normally don’t care much for newer dolls, but was very impressed with the repros of the Ideal Toni by Tonner/Effanbee. They look just like the vintage dolls, with beautiful hair and lovely dresses. I wasn’t too taken by their repros of the American Character 13″ Toni though – she doesn’t have the charm of the original, in my opinion.

This type of program, with a DVD and show-and-tell, works well for a small doll club. What has your club been doing lately?


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Apr 012010

Today I was scanning the doll pages from the 1963 Sears Toy Book so I can list it on ebay. What a great year for dolls that was! Barbie, Tammy, Chatty Cathy, Tiny Tears, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Tressy, and on and on. Here’s a little bit of the magic:

Vintage doll TV commercials on YouTube

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Feb 182010

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.