Friday, May 21, 2010

Dolly Blasts from my past.....part 1

I've been pretty busy lately with non-dolly things. Feel bad about not posting anything. The other night, I started reminiscing about my childhood and the close friends I shared it with, and thought it might be nice to document them while I can still remember who was who!

I know I received dolls from about age 3, but do not recall nor have photographic evidence of any dolls in my 'toddlerhood.' But I DO recall vividly at age 4, that my parents stuffed me and my two little sisters into a station wagon, to go see our very first movie. "Mary Poppins" was my first movie, my first drive-in movie, and my first doll of memory. I was madly in love with Mary Poppins. In 1965, I remember receiving her for Christmas, and while there IS a photo of me with her, I cannot for the life of me locate it at the moment. Favorite doll EVER. I'm still in love with Mary Poppins.

Betsy Wetsy

Santa brought Betsy into my life in 1966. I snuck downstairs in the middle of the night to see what Santa left me, brought my precious Betsy back upstairs and into my top bunk. I must have snuck too many of the Christmas cookies adorning the tree that my mother had made...for I lost those cookies in the middle of the night, all over Betsy's face. Her 'crying' eyes were filled with barf. They rusted and never worked again.

Tutti and Todd
I got these two little sugar lovin' tots when I got my tonsils out in 1966. Like Tutti and Todd, I too enjoyed many ice cream and gelatanous treats to soothe my sore throat.

American Girl Barbie
My first Barbie doll ever. Dad brought her home from Westpac in Japan in 1967. I think she was one of the first with the 'bendable' legs. My dad always brought home special treats to his girls when he came home from overseas. He got a big kick out of the Japanese toy stores and loved shopping there and playing Santa Claus.
Got a few more old friends to share in the next couple of days.


  1. Oh Robin you have brought back my own memories of favorite childhood dolls. Tiny Tears, Raggedy Ann and paper dolls were a huge hit. Having been born in 1949, Barbie dolls were not in my toy chest! :)

  2. Hi Robin,
    What a wonderful post. I had the same Barbie and few more plus skipper. Sadly my barbies no longer exist. I fear my sisters and I played with them to death, or I should say eventually they where one by one chewed up by the dog.LOL!!
    Thank you for the wonderful trip down memory lane!!!

  3. This is a fun post! There's nothing like lokking at one's old toys to bring back memories- so many memories all tied up with dolls and teddies! Mom found my old dolls awhile back and it was the same for me!

  4. Robin,

    Boy did your memories spark my memories. I just wish I had some of my dolls. The biggest doll I had was Susie something. She was four feet tall, long dark hair and was jointed so you could pose her. Let me tell you that as a small child trying to play with this four foot doll was really a challenge. It was like handling another small child.