I haven’t been able to get out much lately so I haven’t been to any markets or second hand shops to look for dolls, dolls outfits or materials to make them. Then, the other day, my sister emailed me to say that she had a doll for me. A workmate of hers had given her some teddy bears which she collects and this old doll. I won’t be able to collect her for a while but I decided to write about her anyway now that I have pictures.
Hard plastic doll-photo N Bovill
My sister tells me that the doll is quite large, it sounds as if she is 18-20 inches tall and is made from hard plastic. One of her childhood dolls is made of a similar material. It’s a rather brittle but heavy plastic and I haven’t seen it on many other dolls. Her doll was given to her in the early 1960s. She thinks this one may be from the 60s or early 70s but it doesn’t appear to have any marks which always makes dating them a bit harder.
The doll is wearing a home-made outfit and it looks as if someone has gone to some trouble to make her look nice. I asked my sister to see if her workmate can tell her more about how she came by the doll. Did it belong to a family member? Can she remember when it was bought? It will help with the research.
Apart from the fact that her hair is a bit of a fright she seems to be in good condition. She has her eyelashes and isn’t dirty or faded. A shampoo and re-style will have her looking as good as new. I’m looking forward to having her at home and will take some photos of her makeover then.
Here is a close up of her face-photo N Bovill