A Very Belated Christmas Decoration Post

This should have gone up at the beginning of the month, but…I don’t even know what happened to this month.  I mean, I know I (sort of) lost about a week of it to a back injury, but that’s only a week.  It’s just been crazy around here, I guess is what I’m trying to say.

Anyway!  I wanted to share the Christmas decorations at the museum where I work (not posting the name of the museum, because the board can apparently get touchy about that), because there are a lot of beautiful dolls out this year.

The photos are in two stages (as it were), because the decorations went up more slowly than usual.  And unfortunately they were all taken with my phone, because it would have felt weird bringing my camera to work.  So the quality of the pictures varies between “awful” and “meh”.  Sorry about that, too.

Our tour of the decorations starts in the study, for no particular reason…

This is how the Christmas tree in the study looked in the first week it was up.  There was a focus in the decorations on all the new dolls that were donated in the past year.

And I took this picture at the wrong time of the day, with the sun right outside the windows.  *sigh*  The big doll in the pink is an Effanbee Lovums, who was found in collection this year.  (That’s a standard museum term, believe it or not.  So apparently we’re not the only museum where things sometimes just turn up and have been with us for years without ever being officially added to the system.  In fact, it sounds like it’s a pretty common thing.)  Down in front we have two of this year’s arrivals — the Lenci who isn’t actually as dirty and messy as she looks in this picture, and the casually dressed bisque and compo baby (I forget which manufacturer he comes from, but most of that donation’s dolls were either Armand Marseille or Kammer & Reinhardt), and one that came in a couple years ago, the yellow-clad baby in the center, who’ s a wooden doll by Schoenhut.

Another Lenci (the one in blue at the back) in better condition, and then one of my old favorites is also at the back there, the cloth Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland in red.  (I really hate my reluctance to spend large sums of money:  a cloth Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland in blue came up on Ruby Lane earlier this year, and I dithered long enough about her price tag (which was a lot, but not outside my price range, and cheap for what she was) that someone else bought her.  I shoulda bought her the second I saw the listing.  When am I ever gonna have another chance?)

The doll in the center there is part of a huge donation we got this summer.  She’s my favorite of them, in fact. 🙂  I’ve forgotten now which doll maker she’s from, except that she’s German and from the early portion of the 20th century, with a bisque head and ball-jointed composition body.  The donation included a lot of standard makers like Kestner and Armand Marseille, but also some I hadn’t really known before.  (The angel doll behind her does not deserve to be anywhere near her, being a 1980s/1990s “collector” doll in vinyl, but since she was an angel I thought she was appropriate to the seasonal theme.)

Okay, so this last photo is from the second batch of photos I took, after the final wave of decorations had been put up in the rest of the house, but apparently the study was finished in the first wave, because I’m seeing now that this is totally the same as it was in the first picture.  Bit of a better picture, though.  😉

So, moving on, I only have one picture from the bedroom, because there aren’t many dolls in there.

Looks like a Lenci-type and a Klumpe-type, the former in roughly German garb, and the latter in…I’m not sure what regional costume that is.  Eastern Europe somewhere, I think?

Anyhoo, next we leave the Christmas display for a moment to show off the really, um, disjointed doll display in the hallway.

It’s a World’s Fair thing, but in most cases the dolls are intended merely to represent countries that were represented at the 1904 World’s Fair, rather than the dolls actually having anything to do with the World’s Fair…

…hence you get “Daughter of the Nile” Gene standing side by side with a Jules Steiner Bebe.  The later being one that came in this year, a late 19th century automaton doll.  Her clothes are not as old as she is, I’m pretty sure, especially since her dress hides her key, making the idea of winding her up rather challenging.  (Not that we would dare try to wind her up!  If anything’s not functional about her, winding up her mechanism would just damage it further.)

I was glad of an excuse to put one of these dolls out.  The Door of Hope Mission dolls from early 20th century China have such wonderful carved wooden faces!  I really love them, but we don’t usually have much call to display them.  (We have at least one other in the collection.  I think.)

This is a “Columbian” doll, which is associated with the Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World’s Fair in…I’m suddenly blanking on the year, something like 1893, I think?

Okay, moving on.  The back parlor is next, because.

Wide view of the piano in the first wave of decorations…

…and detail shots.  That bisque-headed doll is one of the new ones, of course.  But I really want to point out the two little felt dolls.  They’re souvenir dolls from I’m wanting to say Austria, from like the 1930s.  But their colorful aesthetic completely makes me think of the 1970s.  Specifically, they so make me think of The Letter People.  (Dunno how widely syndicated that show was, but you can find clips (or maybe whole episodes?) on Youtube if you wanna check out what I’m talking about.  It was a puppet show in the late ’70s with anthropomorphic letters.  Unlike Sesame Street, its look was very steeped in the ’70s psychedelic experience.)  I totally want to find some dolls like those two for my collection, but it’s hard to even know what to type into a search engine to find any, especially since I want some with this kind of extreme color scheme.  I’ve found a few other round-headed felt dolls on Etsy that seem to be from the same era and area, but they fail the psychedelic test. 😦

 

So, the little girl in the pink is a Vogue Toddles or Toodles (or possibly “Toddler”, based on the text on the box of one of the others in the collection) in the “Chinese Girl” costume.  I was lucky enough to find one of these on Ruby Lane myself, and although mine doesn’t have the Vogue sticker on her costume like this one, mine also doesn’t have a big crack under her nose. 😉  I’ll post photos eventually.  (I want to show off the entire shelving unit she’s on (shelving unit and all), once I can clear up some of the mess that’s accumulated on the floor in front of it.)

The mantle was pretty dull the first time around.

So these two.  The larger one is, as far as I know, genuine 19th century.  The smaller one (despite what I said on World Doll Day) is actually from the 1940s, and is the work of a renowned doll artist whose name I’ve forgotten.  *cough*

And that covers the first wave in the back parlor, so let’s move on to the final wave of decorations in the back parlor.

Not sure why there’s an old Clue board up there, but it does give it some extra punch. 🙂

Second wave of the mantle is…um…actually, it still kind of looks dull from here.  It looks more festive in person.

And more on the piano…

…making for the end of the back parlor photos.  On to the first wave front parlor!

About the only thing to be said about the group shot is that no, that white Santa is not part of the collection.  He’s just decoration.

When she was donated, I accessioned this Madame Alexander Tiny Betty as a Poor Cinderella, but I saw someone posting one of these online recently as something else.  Days of the week, maybe?  I think (hope) I bookmarked it on my computer at work.,,

I just liked this little wind-up and wanted to share. 🙂

So, two more of the new dolls from that magnificent donation.  The one in green is a Karl Hartmann.  I’ve forgotten who made the one in lavender.  (If I’d been prompt about this post, I might still have remembered…)  The adorable little Inuit in the front was probably made by Knickerbocker Plastics, and then dressed as a souvenir doll in northern Canada or Alaska; the clothes can’t be removed, so I couldn’t check for maker’s marks.

Not really a lot to say about the front parlor mantle…

Front parlor tree, first wave, mostly just dolls from that one donation and fake presents.

Ooh, you can totally see her ID tag.  I should probably have put it around her foot instead of her wrist…

These backlit photos are really terrible; you can’t see how wonderful these dolls really are.

Once again, a terrible photo.  I’m so sorry.  I’m still not very good at taking pictures with a smart phone.

And we’re in the second wave now.  Much more populated and festive. 🙂

Most of the bears on the mantle are modern and nothing special, but right down in front — directly in front of that dark brown bear — is a tiny little Steiff which is pretty old, but still has his button in his ear.  🙂  It’s one of the only two Steiff toys that went out for Christmas this year, because we’re going to have a whole Steiff exhibit in 2020, and I didn’t want to over-saturate. 😉

And the updated version of the feather tree in the front parlor, with plenty more toys out.  Though this terrible angle makes it look like the dolls were put away or something.  Though if you go into the photo album and look at it full size, you can see they’re still there, just blocked by the tree,

And there’s the other Steiff that went out. 😉  This is in the library…although I think eventually something else went out on top of the Fisher-Price piano.  (The shoulderhead in blue is modern, but part of the collection.)

The doll in white is one of the new ones (is she the one with the metal hands?), and the wooden one is a Swiss doll who’s been in the collection since the ’60s.

And that concludes my rather muddled set of photos of our Christmas decor at work.

I’m sorry I made such a hash of this; we just started inventorying the entire collection, so every day I go to work I end up with dozens of random items whirling through my brain and taking away space that would normally be dedicated to things I’m actually passionate about.  It’s been weirdly disruptive to my daily non-work life.

I’m also sorry I haven’t been posting very regularly.  I’m just a mess right now, and can’t seem to do anything on time or even at all in some cases.  I’ll try to get my act together next year, but I won’t make any promises, because I don’t want to risk making them and then breaking them.

Happy Halloween!

Bit late (like an hour and a half to midnight), but Happy Halloween, all!

Thought I’d share some pictures of a few of my Halloween decorations.  (Interior only.  I’m not a decorate-outside type.)

Okay, actually, this one’s not a Halloween decoration, just a seasonally appropriate Miku.  I pre-ordered her off of Crunchyroll last year…and she came in November.  *eyeroll*  (Annoying, really, ’cause her release date in Japan was in August.)

I already had that black witch hat from a previous Halloween, and then that orange one I got this year at Target.  Then there’s the plushies.  The Pusheen is from last year, the Squaredy Cats I got via a Kickstarter campaign, and the Mi-chan and witch parakeet I bought on Etsy.  (Mi-chan being from the anime How to Keep A Mummy, which is super-cute and I absolutely recommend it.)

The plushie here, too, came from Kickstarter.  It’s from Kimchi Kawaii, part of the Purrista Pawfee line; it’s “Dark Roast,” combination of a cup of coffee, a cat and a witch. 😀  Even more Halloween-appropriate is the Pyro Jack Nendoroid.  He was a pre-order from Crunchyroll, too. 😀  (The matching Jack Frost Nendoroid is nearby, next to those Pullip boxes Pyro Jack and Yusuke are resting on.  I’ll be posting about those Pullips once I figure out where the heck I’m gonna put them once they’re deboxed…)

Sorry this post came so late.  I meant to get it up like a month ago, but…ugh, I can’t get anything done in time anymore…


EDIT:  since I’ve talked about stuff I got via Kickstarter a lot in this post, I wanted to add in a request to support the Kickstarter staff in their attempt to unionize.  I did a post about it on my main blog here.

My Crissy Family (and some Friends)

So, a while back, I posted this photo–

–along with the promise that I’d post about that clump of dolls soon.  So that makes this “soon.”  😛

As you can guess from the title of the post, even if you don’t recognize those dolls, they’re from the Chrissy family of dolls.  For those who really don’t know, the Crissy family was released by the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company between 1969 and 1974, and the dolls had a special gimmick:  growing hair.  I posted earlier about the two dolls I had from the Crissy family, and showed off their hair growth mechanism in some detail, so you can check out the earlier post if you want more details on that.

Now, while I was always quite fond of the two I had, I’m not sure I was ever particularly on the look-out for more Crissy dolls.  Only then a Ruby Lane seller, Dolls of the Golden Age, listed a huge number of them at very reasonable prices (all out of the collection of one elderly lady, with the proceeds to go to her granddaughter as a gift), and I couldn’t resist turning my two dolls into a whole collection. 🙂

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T. Cohn Tin Dollhouse

Since I mentioned this last time, I’m finally remembering to get a post up about my tin dollhouse.  I bought this at the same time as the new shelves I got way back in October, as shown in my post about Odile.

So, here’s the back of the house.  There are some detail shots in the gallery, but this is the only full shot, from before I moved it to its current position on a computer desk (displacing the monitor of the 21 year old computer I haven’t used in more than ten years but can’t bring myself to get rid of) where the back can’t be seen anymore.  The lithos on the outside of the house are very nice, though, aren’t they?  The roof does have a bit of a warped spot, but it’s nothing serious.  And actually I could probably bend it back into shape if I was feeling ready to risk it.

According to this informational site I found, this dollhouse was made by a company called T. Cohn, and was released in 1948, the first of the company’s tin dollhouses.  All the windows and the door open, though as you can see one of the double windows on the first floor doesn’t like to close.  Actually, neither does the door.  😛  According to the site, it was sometimes sold with furniture, and sometimes sold empty.

I took a picture of the interior so I could go looking for furniture for it.

There are a few rust spots on the interior, but it’s not bad for something 71 years old!  I hadn’t cleaned it yet when I took this photo, so the roof is still very visibly covered with dust. 😦  Thankfully, it cleaned off beautifully with just a microfiber dust glove. 🙂

My initial plan was to put nothing but appropriate furniture in it:  nothing but 1950s plastic furniture.  And I also planned to get it locally, because I figured mailing fragile plastic furniture would be a good way to get broken furniture.  Well, that second one fell apart almost immediately, because I couldn’t really find any.  And when I was looking around online, I found myself drawn to a set of porcelain miniature furniture from Japan on RubyLane because it was identical to a set at work.  So I was like “well, they can just have nicer stuff in the living room, and plastic everywhere else.”  Only the seller also had a second set, slightly smaller, made in Occupied Japan, but in more or less identical shape, and I just couldn’t resist that, either.  So my initial furnishing of the house looked like this…

I should put some kind of “scene screen” behind the house so it’s not just blank white out those windows…

Anyway, let’s look at this room by room…

The kitchen is I think the only room that still remains 100% period.  I don’t want to have to check every single piece of furniture in the house, so I’m just gonna sum up by saying that the period stuff throughout the house is made by Plasco, Renwal and Marx.

That buffet in the front is way the wrong scale. 😛  At this point, the dining room was still period.

And nothing in the living room is right.  The porcelain furniture might be from the 1950s (that was when the seller dated it to, but the set we have at work was donated in the 1950s, which naturally suggests an earlier date), but the fireplace is Fisher-Price from the 1970s, and the bust of Nefertiti is something modern I couldn’t resist picking up at this nifty shop I stop in at sometimes on my way home from work to escape heavy traffic.

An actual mirror above the vanity. 🙂  I love the mottled plastic in so much of this furniture.  I believe that’s Renwal stuff.

The bathroom almost made it to being period, except that the sink is another FP from the ’70s.

You wanna talk about not period!  The porcelain furniture in this room is from Occupied Japan, so 1946-1949ish…so, actually, that’s more period than the stuff from the 1950s.  Uh, anyway, but I couldn’t resist giving the tin dollhouse a tin dollhouse of its own when I saw this candy container on RubyLane.  I can’t seem to access the listing (it’s been a while now), but I believe the seller dated it to the late 19th century.  So that’s way not period! 😀

Anyway, there have been some new additions since these pictures, mostly of adornment…

The various little decorative touches on the shelves and on the table are more of the fèves I showed you a few of quite some time ago.  As to the dolls…

The drummer is from Haiti.  I bought him at that huge antique mall I was talking about before, and he was labelled as being a souvenir doll.  However, I know Kimport sold dolls just like him…except for being 2-3 times bigger.  I don’t know if that makes this guy a Kimport doll (he’s not labelled as such) or a souvenir as the seller said.  Doubt it matters, really.  I just thought he was pretty nifty.  And I put him in the dollhouse just because he was roughly the right scale.  Standing at the edge of the dining room is probably not the best place for him, but…for the moment, that’s just where he is.  The girl doll is by Renwal, and I found her at my usual antique mall (which is practically across the street from my house), soon after seeing one just like her shown as a scale indicator in another listing on RubyLane.  She’s very cool…

She’s jointed at the knees as well as the hips, so when she sits she bends her knees. 🙂  This photo also shows you the fève of Gilgamesh, and the miniature painting by Windi Rosson of Winjimir Studio, who was running a Kickstarter selling these miniatures to raise money for some studio upgrades.  It’s a lovely little painting; I should have gotten more of them (though it’s somewhat unnecessary in a dollhouse that has paintings printed on its walls).

The living room gained three fèves, and that stone lion that really doesn’t technically live there only I just sort of put him there so he could go somewhere and then just haven’t moved him since.  (He came from the same shop as Nefertiti.)

The patio (whose door does not work, being printed on and not even printed on the other side of the wall) gained a little metal patio set from Michael’s, and a little bird bath or pool or whatever it’s supposed to be exactly.  (Technically, it’s a desktop zen garden, also from Kickstarter, but I had something in particular in mind when I filled it with blue sand.  Only now I’ve forgotten what that was.)

The bedroom got lots more fèves, two on the desk in the back (my favorite two, put there because there’s zero chance of them falling out and ending up on the floor) and the other two Greek ones, a Cycladic replica and a centaur.

Anyway, just today (or it’ll be yesterday by the time I’m done writing this) I added some more dolls, even though they’re slightly off-scale, because they just arrived and they’re very cool and I didn’t know quite where else to put them…

Storybook Liddle Kiddles from 1968!  😀  Sleeping Biddle ended up on the porch because I wasn’t sure where else to put her.

She doesn’t have her booklet (it’s probably the hardest thing to find for any Kiddle), but it doesn’t look like she’s supposed to have any other accessories other than that nifty fainting couch.

Cinderiddle (who unfortunately has a stain on one hand, the only really noticeable damage to any of these dolls) is hanging out in the living room.  Maybe the kitchen would have made more sense, but there is a fireplace, right? 😉

Liddle Biddle Peep doesn’t have her crook, but she has her book!  And also her sheep. 🙂  She’s hanging out in the nursery because it seemed the most logical place for her sheep.

And…the best for last…

Alice Wonderliddle with Mr. Rabbit!  He has, alas, lost his pocket watch, but…hey, he can ask someone else the time.  They’re in here because it was the room with the mirror. 🙂  Alice Wonderliddle has been something of a grail doll for me for years now, so I am really stoked to have found her. 😀

Anyway, there you have it, my tin dollhouse as it currently stands.  I’d like to add something to the kitchen and the bathroom, as they seem a bit plain, but I’m not quite sure what else would go in the bathroom without being too jarring.  (Towel racks and such would seem a bit too realistic for the overall style of the dollhouse, y’know?)  Maybe some more toys for the nursery, some more plants on the patio (although a large chunk of it is currently taken up by the attack of the 50 foot Skipper, as I had no other place to put a newly arrived vintage Skipper), other little stuff like that.

Some recent shopping trips

This is a bit of a long, meandering but also somewhat different post.

It should probably be several posts, but I already named all the files and loaded them to a single gallery so…just one long, meandering post.  In which I am going to show you some stuff I’ve seen in three recent shopping trips that I didn’t buy, and a few things I did buy, too.

Starting with that last antique mall trip looking for actual wooden shelves.  I went to an absolutely ginormous antique mall (my first thought on seeing it was that it was once a grocery store, but no grocery store is that big, so it was probably a Venture or a K-mart or maybe a furniture outlet store) and although I was just there looking for shelves, of course I had to look at every single part of the store (even the cases where I was obviously not going to find any (human-sized) furniture), and I took pictures of some really cool stuff that I didn’t end up getting.  Some of which I will absolutely not get even if it’s still there next time I go (whenever that might be) because it was too expensive or bulky.  I also got some cool stuff other than the shelves, but I don’t have any pictures of that stuff ready.  I need to research one of the toy cars before I could even think of posting about it, and some of it while cool, isn’t really something that needs to be posted about, not on a doll blog.  (I mean, yeah, a(n allegedly) first-pressing copy of “Abbey Road” is awesome, but it doesn’t have much to do with dolls, and everyone knows what the cover of “Abbey Road” looks like, even if they don’t even like the Beatles, so there’s no need to take a picture of it.)

So, here’s some of the cool stuff I saw at the antique mall, starting with a couple of cool tin dollhouses.

This is a very early Marx tin dollhouse, and it was quite reasonably priced given its rarity.  The only reason I didn’t snap it up is that I have no room for a second tin dollhouse!  (Ooh, I still haven’t posted the pictures of the one I’ve already got, have I?  Mental note:  need to do that.)

You may be wondering what’s so rare about it.  Well, you can kind of see it in that photo, but here’s a closer shot:

This is the Disney version, which was only made for one year.  The standard version has generic decor on the nursery walls.  Like I said, I really wanted to get this, because it’s so freaking cool.  But I had enough trouble trying to figure out where to put the one I’ve already got.  To have room for this one, I’d have to get rid of the one I have, and how would I do that?  (Not to mention, I haven’t even had it all that long!)

I don’t know off-hand who made this other tin dollhouse, but isn’t it cool?  The ones that are unusual shapes like this are also pretty rare, from what I recall of my earlier research into tin dollhouses.  (We had one of the Disney ones on loan at work until recently, and when it came in I had to research it to see when it was from, etc.  Learned a fair bit about tin dollhouses all around.  Probably saw stuff about this one at that time, but that was years ago and I don’t remember.)  If I had infinite space, I would have so gotten both of these tin dollhouses…

It would be the coolest job ever to be in charge of a dedicated toy museum that was just starting up and had unlimited funds to go out and buy toys to add to the collection.  (Not that such a job could exist.  Toy Story 2?  Lies, all lies.  Toy museums don’t buy toys.  There’s never money in the budget, and besides people are always trying to give you toys.  Even if their toys are too beat up to display.  Or if you stopped being a toy museum years ago and barely get to display the oodles of toys you already had.)

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The New and the Curvy

Argh, this post has taken so long to get put together!  Every time I thought I was done with photos for it, I realized I was missing something and everything got put on hold until I could get some more pictures taken.  Which has been complicated by a lot of changes in my living space, including (but not limited to) getting rid of an old sofa, scouring antique malls for shelves made of actual wood, and replacing beat-up old metal blinds that looked awful with really nice new shades that let in a lot of light.  So I have a great new place to take photos which looks like this:

Only problem is that it’s not well lit on the side that faces the camera.  The new lighting situation is great for just existing in the room, but terrible for photography.  And my artificial light sources are actually quite awful.  I need to buy a new lamp that’s like a photography spotlight or something.  (Oh, and yes, there will be a future post about a certain clump of dolls in that photo…)

Aaaaaanyway, getting back to the actual point of this long-delayed post…this past May, I finally got my Master’s Degree, and as a graduation present to myself, I decided I would go to Ali Express and get myself another factory girl…but I had something special in mind beyond “just another factory girl.”

You see, since the Kickstarter for Curvy Girls Dolls, I’ve been thinking about the whole plus-size doll issue.  (Speaking of which, though the Kickstarter failed, they’ve moved to Patreon, and have been able to use the Patreon funds to sign on a really talented CAD designer to upgrade their 3D printed prototype.  It may be a while before there’s a physical doll available for purchase, but I’m very excited for the eventual release!  Please check out the Patreon and support them if you can.)  Since I knew there was a plus-size body for Blythe dolls, I thought I’d go ahead and get that one instead.  That meant I ended up going to a different Ali Express seller than the one I got Pyrrha from…which gave me some interesting new options, including a “carved” face.  (I think it’s more like they carved one once and then made a new mold from it, but…)  The new clothes I ordered for her arrived before she did, though her wig took much longer, so the earliest photo I have of my plus-size factory girl, she’s already dressed, but wearing Nadia’s stock wig, which totally doesn’t fit her but I didn’t have any that did.  (Oh, yes, I got her bald so I could get wigs.  Unfortunately, Blythe wigs are hard to come by, so I didn’t have as many options as I was expecting…)

Anyway, meet Melisande:

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Vintage Barbie Hair

It may have taken a long time, but here I am finally making the post I’ve been promising!

Um…yay?

(Actually, though, hopefully things will pick up soon.  I’m exhausted right now due to having spent about six hours in two days this past week wandering through antique malls looking for shelves (that are, you know, made from actual wood), and I finally succeeded, so once I’m able to go pick them up (they didn’t fit in my little compact car) I’ll finally have some space in which to do photography regularly.  I’m going to be getting a record player, and so the top of its case will always be free no matter how much the shelves themselves get cluttered with books and dolls in the first two seconds of their life in my house….)

So, you may be wondering why I’m doing a post about vintage Barbie hair, rather than the dolls themselves.

Well, technically, it’s more like vintage Skipper hair.  Hair colors, specifically.

See, a while back (like, in January), we got a donation with some vintage Barbies in it.  I had actually hesitated to accept the Skipper, because she was just in her original swimsuit, and she was a brunette, and we already had a brunette Skipper.  (And we have storage issues at the moment, so I’m supposed to be ruthlessly turning away donations that will only duplicate things we already have.  I am not good at being ruthless, btw.)  But Skipper’s a small doll, and it would have been weird to refuse just the one item, so we went ahead and accepted her.  And as I was inventorying her, I realized that her hair looked a bit different somehow.  Looking around at DollReference.com, I found this:

Skipper doll has painted blue eyes, coral lips and long straight rooted hair with bangs; blonde, brunette or titian; variations are; pale-lemon blonde, reddish-auburn, two-tone brunette (which is usually very heavily rooted)

Sure enough, when I looked closely at that Skipper, I found her brown hair was in two distinct shades.  And I really wish I had a photo to show you, but she’s actually on display right now, so it would be very awkward to take her out and be like “yeah, I just wanna get a picture of her hair for my blog, that’s okay, right?”  I’ll try to get one when the exhibit changes and she gets put away again.

Anyway, as is typical of me, I fell in love with the notion of these straight-leg Skippers with the rare variant hair colors, and started keeping an eye out for one I could afford for my own collection.  Of course, that meant that I had to find one being sold by someone that didn’t realize that the variations were more rare than the standard colors, so I couldn’t search for “lemon” or “two-tone” or whatnot.

Eventually, I came across one listed on Etsy as “brunette” who looked from the photos like she was a two-tone.

On examining her in person, I think she’s actually auburn, rather than two-tone, but she’s definitely neither standard brunette nor titian.  Here’s the back view of her hair:

And for comparison, here’s her between a titian doll and a brunette:

See, very different from both of those!  As to the other dolls in the photo, you may remember my brunette Skooter from the post I did about her arrival.  Or you probably don’t (since it looks like that was three years ago), so here’s a photo of her I took back in 2016:

As you can see, she’s wearing Skipper’s original swimsuit instead of her own two-piece swimsuit, but other than that, she’s quite minty.  🙂  The other doll in the photo is one of the many I’ve gotten in my long hiatus from the blog:

My very first vintage Midge!  😀  She came naked (or was she in her undies?), so I had to buy this outfit separately.  The fashion is “Let’s Dance,” from 1960-1964, though it’s missing at least one of its accessories (can’t recall if the shoes came with the outfit or if I already had them).  It’s not especially hard to find as early ’60s Barbie fashions go, but it’s one I’ve always liked, so I’m glad I was able to get it.

Anyway, to round this out, I thought I’d show some of the vintage blonde Barbie family dolls.  Starting with Barbie herself:

I’ve had her for quite a while now — she was the first vintage Barbie of any sort that I got.  I bought her at the antique mall across the way from my house (well, technically it’s across from my subdivision, not from my house itself), and after I got home with her I thought I’d kind of been ripped off, because I took the shiny, slightly sticky nature of the plastic on her face to mean that she’d been repainted and then badly sealed.  I am now thinking that (whether or not she was at some time touched up) the shininess is a natural result of the aging of her plastic, as I’ve seen other dolls do the same thing.  In fact, it’s the reason I’ve concluded that she’s a #5 Ponytail, as DollReference.com specifically says that #5

may have the greasy, shiny face syndrome

Weirdly, though, her markings don’t 100% match what they should.  #1-4 all have ™ next to the Barbie name on their butt-markings, whereas from #5 onwards, they have ®.  This one has neither:

I’m guessing it just sort of got worn off with time?  A lot of the other markings are really faint.  Anyway, this one clearly can’t be before #5, because she’s also got a hollow body, another thing mentioned as being introduced with #5.  Based on the pictures, it looks like #5 is also when the bangs became a bit more simple, rather than the nifty little spitcurls.  #6 came in a red swimsuit instead of the striped one, which also leads me to suspect she’s a #5.  (Though of course she could be wearing a swimsuit that came with a different doll, so that doesn’t really prove anything.)  Anyway, I am now feeling that I was not ripped off, because she also came with a vintage carrying case (though an off-brand one) and a lot of vintage clothing, some Mattel and some homemade.  I added the petticoat from #921 Floral Petticoat (1959-1963) to her swimsuit, so she’s a little more covered.  Also because I liked it. 😛  Among the other clothes was Cruise Stripes (1959-1962) and at least the jacket of Resort Set (1959-1962), both of which are now on my Fashion Queen Barbie (who sadly has none of her wigs) along with a straw hat that doesn’t quite match any of the Mattel hats; it’s like the one from Suburban Shopper, only with a different ribbon.  Not sure if that means someone changed the ribbon, or if maybe it’s a hat from a different doll line or what.

Anyway, back to vintage hair, here’s my Ponytail’s ponytail from behind:

By contrast, here’s some other vintage blonde hair, on another Skooter:

I displayed this fashion, empty, when the first Skooter arrived, but then I got this one, too, and put her in it. 🙂  Here’s the comparison of her hair and the Ponytail’s:

I almost feel like this Skooter’s hair is closer to the lemon-yellow Skipper hair?  I dunno; I feel like I need more examples.  😉

Before I go, I have one last example of vintage Barbie hair to show you:

I finally got my hands on one of the Julia dolls! 😀  And like with all the other Julias (as well as the early Christies), her hair has oxidized into this deep, rich red color.  It’s a really pretty color (even if it kind of clashes with this dress).


So, looking forward, I have a lot of posts I want to make, but especially next time I want to introduce you to two very special new girls I got recently. 😉  I’d like to wait a few days to see if something else comes in first to add to the post, but…well, we’ll see what happens.  July is proving pretty busy for me (Camp NaNo and all).  My stupid, very expensive camera seems to have a dying battery, and I have zero idea how to replace the battery, so I may start cheating and using cell phone photos for most of the lesser posts in the future.  Which I don’t like, but…I mean, it’s better than more dead air, right?