Monday, February 27, 2012

Sweet April

 Sweet April is an adorable little doll by Remco that came out in 1971, the same year I was born. It is therefor not surprising that my mother bought a Sweet April doll for her Sweet April (me).
The Sweet April on the left is the first type, with bent legs. The doll on the right is a Strolling Sweet April. She has standing legs and is a walker.

Look at those big blue eyes!

The neat thing about Sweet April, besides her awesome and beautiful name ;), is that after you feed her a bottle, she cries ans when you push a button on her back, her arms raise as if to wipe her tears.

There were many outfits and playsets available for the doll. The furniture here is from the Strolling Sweet April and her Nursery set.
These are replacements for my cherished Sweet April (I think she probably was sold by a heartless tween at a garage sale around 1980).

This doll was made for walking, that's just what she's gonna do. One of these days this doll is gonna walk all over you.
Not pictured here, I just bought a third Sweet April in the blue romper with original shoes. Yes, I bought a doll just for the shoes. Too bad I now have to wait 3 years before I can put the shoes on one of these dolls that are in better condition than the new doll.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bella Means Beautiful

Another 8" doll I received around the same time as the Ginny in the last post is this lovely Bella (a French Doll manufacturer) in French fashion.

She is French perfection from her white rubber boots to her bobby pinned hair.

Until recently, I assumed she was just another Ginny, then, I actually looked for markings on her and discovered she was not.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dutch Ginny

When I was in elementary school, my father had the opportunity to travel outside the country on business trips. Sometimes he would bring me back a doll from his travels.

This is a 1970s Vogue Ginny from the Far-Away Lands Series in Dutch costume. She is perfect, except one of her tiny wooden shoes has disappeared.

Because of her lovely costume, I only used her (primarily) as a display doll. My wish to have a play Ginny with lots of clothes to change into never happened, (at least not yet).

I did collect a few other 8 inch dolls, but again, they were display dolls.