Canadian Doll ID’s


A young lady from Canada.

A young lady from Canada.

I get quite a few hits on my Canadian doll page and posts, quite a few of them are obviously people trying to find out more about dolls they have. I always wish I could be more help but information about Canadian dolls seems to be a bit sketchy. When I do searches myself I usually seem to come up with dolls for sale on eBay and a few references to Canadian doll companies but not often to individual dolls.

Pretty much all I know about the companies is posted on my Canadian doll  page already along with some links that I’ve found.  However it occurred to me that by sharing what we know individually we can help each other. So I’d like to invite people to send descriptions of their dolls, preferably with an accompanying photo or a link to an online one to me. I’ll post them here and hopefully others will see them and comment if they recognise them. We could all learn something new.

The email I use for this blog is sadieinoz1957@gmail.com and I will try to check it regularly. Please let me know if you are willing for me to use your photo on the blog and whether you would like your name mentioned or prefer to use a nom de plume.

Child size doll by Regal, Canada

Child size doll by Regal, Canada

Things you can include in your description:

  • material doll is made of: eg, hard plastic, vinyl, cloth, composition etc
  • size of doll: inches or centimetres is fine I’m bilingual :)
  • features: eg eye colour, sleep eyes/fixed eyes, hair colour and style,
  • actions: eg drink and wet, cries or talks
  • markings: makers marks can be found on backs of necks, back and sometimes bottom of dolls, look for letters, numbers, pictures, country of origin
  • clothes: If you think the doll is in its original outfit.
  • background: anything you know that might indicate age

Anyone who has knowledge of or interest in Canadian dolls is welcome to comment or to email me. I’d be particularly interested in hearing from anyone involved in doll collecting  clubs in Canada so that I can post the details for others to see.

I am based in Australia myself and although I do have several Canadian dolls in my collection I’d like to think that people living in Canada have more knowledge and resources that they could share with fellow collectors.

I could start a mystery doll of the week type post if there is interest in me doing it.

image Dee Gee doll redressed

Dee Gee “After”

In a Holding Pattern


After missing last Friday’s Fashion Doll Friday post I felt quite badly because it is the one regular post I still do on the doll blog.  I have by no means shown you all my fashion dolls but a great many of them are stored away because I don’t have shelf space for all of them. A considerable number don’t live with me but with my sister 140km away and I haven’t seen them for months. I really need to take a new batch of photos of the stored dolls so until I have the chance to do that Fashion Doll Friday might be a bit erratic as I don’t want to post re-runs of old ones or photos that I don’t consider good enough to share.

Baby Alive in knitted outfit

Baby Alive in knitted outfit

New display area

New display area

As some of you may be aware my husband has been ill for most of this year and while he is recovering now I think the days of running up to my sister’s place for the weekend once a month or so may be over, at least until we have a new routine and I feel happy about leaving him alone.

I still intend to post on this blog. I’m still experimenting with knitting for fashion dolls and I buy the odd doll now and again so I won’t be totally deserting you all. It’s just not quite “Business as usual” at the moment. The Hobart Doll Show is next month and I do intend to get to that.

I hope you will all bear with me because I do enjoy sharing my hobby and reading your comments. I really didn’t want to write this post so I kind of hope that just the act of publishing it will motivate me to take more pictures and write more posts so that things can get back to normal very soon.

 

 

Fashion Doll Friday – Ideal Grown Up Tammy


Today’s doll is my latest acquisition, a grown up Tammy. I bought her from a collector who is downsizing and although she came from eBay I knew of the lady through a Sindy forum we both post on sometimes. This version of Tammy came out in 1965. She is slightly slimmer than the original Tammy’s and has different arms and a more grown up look although she retains her “wholesome” look compared to the Barbies of the same era.

Tammy is wearing a genuine Tammy outfit called “Pretty Precious” which is complete except for the white sunglasses.

Grown Up Tammy in Pretty Precious.

Grown Up Tammy in Pretty Precious.

Here she is with her younger self. I think that grown up Tammy has gained a little experience in life judging by her expression.

Grown up Tammy in the Tammy House

Grown up Tammy in the Tammy House

Grown UpTammy with her younger self.

Grown Up Tammy  with her younger self.


Fashion Doll Friday – Kelly as Gretel

Today’s doll is Barbie’s little sister Kelly, now renamed Shelley I believe. Mattel issued a lot of Kelly and Tommy dolls in various costumes. Kelly is dressed as Gretel from the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”.

Kelly as Gretel.

Kelly as Gretel.


Dance Action Dana 1986

Dance Action Dana 1986

Barbie and the Rockers Dana

Barbie and the Rockers Dana

I am not going to make a habit of this but fellow bloggers, particularly those of you in Australia, might like to know that my sister and I are downsizing our collections a bit as we both have way too much stuff.

We have decided to sell a few dolls, toys and collectibles on eBay. My sister calls eBay our coffee tin. The reason for that is that we used to save up change to use on our holiday road trips in an old coffee tin. Change from our purses, coins we found at work down the side of train seats etc. Over a few months it added up and was very handy for buying petrol for example.

We created a separate eBay ID for our venture although we’ve both been buying on eBay for probably 15 years. It is lookwhatwefound2015.

Here is a link:

http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/lookwhatwefound2015

Our  first listings are my Barbie and the Rockers dolls.

Postage and exchange rates are ridiculously expensive now so we had not planned to sell to anyone outside Australia but having said that if you are not in Australia and see something you really like then contact us anyway and we can work out a price for shipping. The exchange rate is in favour of the $US at the moment.