Thursday, September 29, 2011

Crying Doll

This is an adorable Horsman doll I found on Ebay about a year, or so, ago. She is about 15 inches long, made of hard, hallow vinyl, and has a mechanism so that after she drinks water she can cry real tears, as well as wet. She is marked 1974 and is a real cutie. 

She seems to be wearing her original outfit and is in fantastic shape. I would love to find out her name. (She looks a little like Buttercup, but is not her.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Genius Baby, continued

As I stated in my last post, large baby dolls are convenient since they are able to wear actual baby clothes. The hard part in outfitting Genius baby comes with finding period appropriate wear. The Summer started out well, I found two adorable outfits at Kohls that could have been made in the 1960s.

In this first outfit, Genius Baby is all dolled up for Independence day in a cute red, white, and blue sundress with appliqued strawberry pockets.

For August, Genius Baby is wearing a madras play suit and matching hat while she plays with her toy ducks at the beach.

Suitable autumn duds have been a little harder to find. Hopefully I will find some soon, the weather is already changing.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Genius Baby

In June (July?) I went to the Frizellburg Antique Store and found this beauty. She is a 1960 Madame Alexander Genius Baby. She is 22 inches tall, all vinyl, has jointed limbs, and a strung head. She was a crier, but she no longer works. 

This was my first visit to Frizellburg, and I was impressed with the range of stock, I will definitely be visiting again.

The wonderful thing about this size doll is that she can wear 0-3 month baby clothes. It makes hunting for era appropriate clothing a lot easier.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Horsman Lullaby Doll

I have always been a doll owner and lover. Here is a picture of me with my dolls on my first Christmas. I haven't identified the doll on the left yet, but the doll on the right, hiding behind the Fisher Price chime ball, is a 12 inch Horsman Lullaby Baby. I carried her around throughout my toddler years until she lost her pull string and she started going bald. I was also fascinated by the holes on her torso to let the sound out, it looked so foreign. (bodies should not be full of holes.)

I eventually sold her and my Eegee Softina in a yard sale when I was a teenager. Who knew that 20+ years later I would come upon and buy a working, good as new version of her? She is even wearing the original pajamas. 

 She is marked 1968, though I have seen the same model marked as 1964, and I received it in 1971. Wasn't it nice when the same doll was sold in stores for years? Nowadays, if you don't buy a doll when it first comes out, it is soon out of production and off the shelves.