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Doll Keeping: My Childhood Dolls

If I could only keep one bin of dolls, it would be this one. These are the dolls (besides Barbie) I have saved from my childhood. They are stored in a rolling bin under the bed in my sons' playroom. They come out and get played with on days when my son gets bored of his million toys and wants to do something different with mom.

 

Raggedy Anne was from my great-great Grandfather. He went shopping for it himself at the local five and dime when I was an infant.

 

Fisher Price Lapsitter Natalie (pink dress on left) was from my maternal Grandparents for Christmas. My brother got lapsitter Joey and my sister got lapsitter Ann that same year. We still have all of them.

 

My Friends Mandy and Jenny were from Santa as were many of their clothes. The dolls are lying on a pink doll blanket that my paternal grandmother made for me and there is also a blanket in there that my mom made for me. My mom also made one outfit for Mandy and Jenny and crocheted a matching hat for them. I remember her starting it after supper and waking up in the morning and she had it on my doll to give it to me. That is a pretty great task considering that she had 3 kids to care for at the time. She made it from extra material from hemming her curtains. It has fringe and it was made from one of the patterns that came with the doll outfits. It is a long skirt and a poncho --- so 1970s. The My Friend dolls have a very extensive wardrobe and they are a reflection of my mom. She chose them for me and did all of the Christmas and birthday shopping for us. My sister has Becky and Mikey. They are at my house right now waiting for a photo shoot.

 

Not sure about the small baby doll. I'll ask my mom.

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Taken on June 18, 2012