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I’m GLAD you’re here!  I’m hoping you have told others about this blog! It is something I have been excited about for quite some time and I’m so happy to see it taking shape. I would love to see your comments or pictures on anything doll related.

For those of us that are old enough…do you remember the SEARS WISH BOOK arriving in the mail about this time of year with all the newest dolls and toys pictured?  Oh my goodness! This was a BIG thing at our house.  There were three of us girls and each had to wait their turn to hold that precious book in our lap and carefully mark the things you were wishing would show up under your Christmas tree in a couple of months or on your next birthday, etc.  The book was good until mid-summer so you could make your list a little longer in case grandma and grandpa or auntie were interested in sneaking a peek.  Oh! The excitement and anticipation of the possible arrival of one of those beautiful dolls from that book! 

I remember wanting a Chatty Cathy doll.  I was totally amazed that you could pull that little white ring on a string from her back and she would TALK to me!  As I recall, she was THE only talking doll at that time.  And her hair was long enough that you could brush it lightly.  She was just perfect with those big blue eyes and that spattering of freckles across her little button nose.  The scene you are picturing in your imagination right now was close to perfect…except I have not one but two younger sisters.  Of course, they wanted to hold the pretty doll, make her ‘dance’ and make her talk.  OH NO! Please don’t pull that string so hard, she might break! So go the perils of being the oldest sister….I’m sure some of you have been in a similar situation. 

I loved that doll and kept her in good condition for a child of my age.  However, there was one small detail that I thought the toymakers could have improved upon.  Seemed to me that every doll made had blonde hair.  I am a redhead and I couldn’t understand why there were no red-headed dolls.  They did eventually make the doll in both a brunette and a redhead.  I guess they must have heard me bemoan their overuse of blonde hair on the bulk of their dolls. LOL!

I remember the Christmas I received a Barbie doll! She had red fingernails and toenails and long hair and the possibilities of all these beautiful outfits.  It was enough to make your mouth water, and it could all be stored for safekeeping in this wonderful black “leather” case bearing Barbie’s image. While Barbie was a magnificent doll, she was the start of something considerably bigger in my life.  

I was with my Granny at every opportunity.  She was an accomplished seamstress and often had scraps of material that were of a size to make Barbie a dress.  I would sit beside her for hours and we made doll dresses from the scraps.  My doll was so well dressed! So many of the good things I remember and still experience might not have come about without that one Barbie doll.  This is a blog, not a book, so we will continue with that another time. 

For now, do you have a favorite WISH BOOK memory or a story to share?  I would love for you to share a recollection of a childhood doll.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Let’s Talk Dolls, 


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