Our Guest Kathryn Albright: Dolls in the 1800s

kathyrn-albright.jpgThanks for having me here!  This is such a fun website.

I often tease my mother that she never grew up—she still plays with dolls. My mother is a collector and also a doll restoration artist. Years ago she apprenticed to a woman who later retired and sold the business and tools to her. People brought in their broken dolls, modern or antique, and she knew just what to do to fix them–whether it involved restringing, a new wig, gluing in eyes, or adding a new limb.

I remember returning home late at night after a babysitting job or date and feel eyes staring at me from every corner of the house–rather disconcerting, if not down-right frightening. (And don’t even get me started on the boxes of eyes and limbs in the basement!)

frenchdolldress.jpgIn my debut book, The Angel and the Outlaw, two dolls play a part in getting the hero and heroine together. A china doll from 1860 and a paper mache doll from 1850.  I am fortunate that my mother happens to have two dolls that fit my story to a “T”, even to the point of a lovely green dress on the French doll which matches a description in my story!

Manufactured dolls of this era were generally paper mache or china or bisque. They had an adult face rather than a baby face. (Dolls with a baby face weren’t available until 1910.) The soft cloth bodies were filled with sawdust, horsehair or cotton. The hairstyles reflected the current styles of the day. Both of these dolls have “flat-top” hairdos that were popular during the Civil War. The heads were often sold by themselves, and a mother would then make the body of the doll and sew the clothes. 

frenchdollclose.jpgThe French china doll was popular from 1860 to 1900. It cost approximately one dollar at that time. The head and shoulder plate, along with the hands and feet are china (with painted-on shoes) and the body is made of cloth. This doll has a painted garter on the left leg.

germandolldress.jpgThe German-made paper mache doll is older with cracks along the bust line. She has soft leather arms and hands (with separate fingers!) and leather shoes that can be taken off. As sedate as she looks here, she has lovely undergarments so I thought she’d like to show off her fancy corset *g*.

Growing up, the doll I remember playing with the most was a Barbie doll (along with her boyfriend Ken and her younger sister Skipper). Usually, there was a ranch involved because I loved horses and had several Breyer horse figurines. When my sons came along, I remember the craze for Cabbage Patch Kids (which thankfully I never had to stand in line for since my boys were into sports.) I’d love to hear about your favorite doll—now or when you were younger.  

If you post today, I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a signed copy of my debut book. And since it is December, I’ll also include a special tree ornament of the lighthouse where my story takes place.

For more information, please visit my website at www.kathrynalbright.com.

Thanks to all the great gals at Petticoats and Pistols for having me here. It’s been fun!  

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47 thoughts on “Our Guest Kathryn Albright: Dolls in the 1800s”

  1. Kathryn —
    Congrats and what lovely dolls.
    When I was growing up, I suspect my favourite dolls were my Madame Alexander Little Women dolls. I used to play huge elaborate games with them. And my bedside lamp was actually a iron range stove that was just the correct size for the dolls.
    I was very lucky as my mother used to sew doll clothes for me.
    And the very big treat if I was being good was to play with my great grandmother’s china doll which had real hair and a wonderful wardrobe from the 1870/1880s.

  2. Hey, Kathryn, my mom was a doll collector too. I say was because she doesn’t actively collect anymore she just has them. I bought her one at an auction in Helena Montana that I loved. She’s china and missing one arm, but there is just something about her. She has what I think may be called a Mary Todd Lincoln hairdo.
    And when I was eight or so, my grandmother bought me my own china-head doll. She was a reproduction, but just like the one my grandmother played with as a child. My grandmother even sewed a dress for her to match the one her doll had.
    I have always liked the china dolls the best, except for the blond ones. There’s just something creepy about them, don’t you think?
    Congrats on you first book being out!!!
    Lori

  3. Congrats on your debut!

    I suppose growing up I played with my Barbies most. I had a lot of baby dolls. I’ve already passed down a few of my Barbies and Kens and a Skipper that have survived being boxed up and haven’t gotten “discoloration” of the plastic to my daughter as well as my 3 Cabbage Patch Dolls.

    My mom gave me scrap material and thread and showed me now to make clothes for my Barbies. I used to sit and handstitch stuff for my dolls, possibly more than I played with them. The clothing wasn’t great looking, but I loved making something for them.

    I’ve still got Dallas, Barbie’s horse, which I intend to give to my daughter eventually. My Western Barbie got her feet, hands and face chewed up by our dog though. Don’t know how he got a hold of her, but he really messed her up. She had a button on her back that you pushed and she would “wink” at you. I still have her, even though she’s chewed up, and her button still works, but she’s missing her eyelashes that are supposed to wink.

    My favorite was the Kissing Barbie- push the button in her back and she’d make a “smacking” sound. I lost her years ago.

    My aunt made me an “adoption” doll just before Cabbage Patch Kids made their appearance and I still have two dolls I got when I was 9 months old I got for Christmas. They were the kind with the opening/closing eyes..which are now milked over, their hair is matted and chopped, but they were my very first dolls. I never had any china dolls at all.

    Love this post! Brings back a lot of memories for me!

  4. Congratulations on the debut of your book. I’m looking forward to reading The Angel and the Outlaw.

    My favorite dolls growing up were my Madame Alexander baby dolls. Although you would never know that I actually had “favorties” since I’ve saved and still have ALL of my dolls. When my 5 year old granddaughter comes to visit we get them out for her to look at and we even include some of them in our tea parties.

  5. Kathryn:
    I loved buying dolls for my daughters. Most of the time they were very sturdy and could survive being lugged around and getting bad haircuts. But sometimes, they wore pretty dresses and sat on the shelves to be admired. My daughters have forgotten about them but I still keep a box of their dolls.

    I still remember being in grade school and we brought our Barbie dolls to school every day to play with them at recess. One day, I got to school and realized I was missing one. I returned home later that day, only to see that I’d dropped it and the bus had run over it. It was pretty badly injured but I still couldn’t bear to part with it.

    I can’t wait to read your book. I know it’s going to be terrific.

  6. Kathryn,
    Congratulations on you debut book. Isn’t it exciting? Enjoy every moment.

    I had a lot of baby dolls growing up and my favorite was the one that cried. I begged and begged for that doll. But my all time favorite was the Wedding Dress Doll with the real hair, or it was supposed to be. The dress was white satin with beads and lace and I thought it was the most beautiful doll I had ever seen. My brothers were not allowed to touch it or to go anywhere near it with their grubby little hands. I was teased about that a lot.

    Best of luck with your book. I definitely plan to order it. Congratulations again.

  7. Kathryn,
    Congratulations on your book. I loved dolls when I was a kid and had many of them. My favorite was a doll called a Chrissy doll that had hair that you could make grow out of her head and then you could make it shorter.

  8. I collected StoryBook dolls back in the 40s and 50s but my favorites to play with were the tiny ones that fit in my dollhouse.

    Congrats on your book! I grew up listening to the foghorn from the Split Rock lighthouse in MN.

  9. Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols, Kathryn! So glad you’re joining us today! Those dolls are gorgeous. What wonderful keepsakes!

    Looking forward to my copy of THE ANGEL AND THE OUTLAW!

  10. Kathryn congrats on the book.

    I had a favorite baby that looked just like a real baby I took it every where and people would stop to see it I think they really thought it was real I would take with me when I went with my grandma to the house for her check-ups. That was 32 years ago wow that was a while. Well my grandfather that was my dad’s dad seen it and said hey I will give you 2 dolls for that one, so being a kid I thought that was a good idea not knowing that the 2 dolls he gave me meant nothing to me and I was so upset and after I was home said grandpa I changed my mind I loved my other baby and want it back and he said NO well I found out that the baby doll was worth a ton of money and he was a collector so I never seen it again and only seen him once more in my life. I think back about that and think that was supposed to be my grandfather how could you do that to a child???
    Well since being an adult I have told my children about this and they were really bothered about it so about 3 years ago my oldest daughter found a lady who makes baby dolls and where they loved just like real babies and she had a baby boy made for me with the baby bracelet with his name on it ( had a baby name picked out for a boy if I had one which was Michael Matthew M) So it was so touching and it is just like the one I had as a kid so real looking, if I took it out someone would think it was real.

  11. Kathryn,
    Congratulations on your debut. Looking forward to reading The Angel and the Outlaw.

    All this talk about dolls is sort of foreign to me. I suppose I did have some, one that I remember, but I didn’t play with dolls. I was a tree-climber, kick-the-can enthusiast…any activity out of doors.

    The only doll I remember is my last baby doll that cried and opened and closed her eyes. She wore a frilly bonnet and a beautiful pink and white chiffon dress, and satin slippers with lace-topped socks.

    When I got married, my new fella was in the Air Force. I moved away to his duty station, leaving the doll on my bed at home (for safe-keeping) until I could return to claim it. Um…that never happened.

    My mom allowed one of my little cousins to play with it, and she absolutely destroyed it. I was bummed at the time, but didn’t say much since my aunt was super sensitive about anyone upset with her or her youngin’s, and my mom was not a happy camper about the whole thing, either. However, I did think it would have been nice to pass that doll on to my firstborn…who happened to be a girl.

    And all the talk about Barbie brings a smile. I lived in Hawthorne, CA when Barbie was introduced, and the Mattel plant was a hop-skip-and-jump from where we lived. I did buy one of the first Barbie’s for my aforementioned daughter, but she wasn’t much into dolls either.

  12. Hi Kathryn, I’m so glad you could guest blog with us fillies! When I saw the cover of “The Angel and the Outlaw” I knew I had to put it on my shopping list. I’m even more intrigued now that I know two dolls are a part of the story.

    Growing up, I loved dolls. Never could have too many. For some reason though I aways had to cut their hair. Very strange. Ha, maybe I was practicing at becoming a beautician! 🙂 But I never could master the art. I still laugh at the memory of those dolls with their chopped up hair sticking out at all angles. They looked like they’d been to hell and back with lots of harrowing stories to tell.

    You won’t believe that I still have the last doll my parents bought for me — and she has her hair! In fact, I never played with it. I was too old for dolls by that time. I think I named her Martha. I don’t even know what kind of doll it is, but the little darling’s wrapped up and lies safe and sound in my chest. In pristine condition. For forty years. Not sure why I’m saving her, but I can’t turn loose of that last part of my childhood. Thanks for bringing those treasured memories to mind.

    Again, big thanks for being here. I’m wishing you lots of success with your book sales and hope you have many, many more on the way.

  13. Hey, Kathryn! Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols! It’s wonderful to have you as our guest.

    What a delightful blog. You’ve appealed to the doll-lover in all of us.

    Thank you for being here!

  14. Having known Kathy for thirty years now, I cannot be prouder of her. Seeing her hard work, and her dream, finally come to fruition has been a huge achievement and a great blessing. Congrats on the official book release day, Kathy, you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest.

    As for the dolls…well, growing up a tomboy I didn’t much play with them but I do seem to recall Donnie and Marie Osmond “singing” memorable songs in my toy room and my Cher doll beating up Barbie one day (an early sign of anti-Barbie feminism?). What I did have was garbage bags full of stuffed animals. I could barely fit into my bed after I tucked them all in – a tradition my son seems to be carrying on. Whichever the doll, they seem to bring a sense of security and playful memories we cherish into adulthood and experience again as our children grow.

    “If you think you can, or can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford You knew you could and you did. Cheers to future successful releases.

  15. Congrats on the release…the book sounds wonderful!

    My grandmother collects dolls…although not as avidly as she used to.

    My favorite dolls growing up were Barbie and the Cabbage Patch Kids…in fact I still have all my Barbies and CPK dolls…even have a few new ones that people have given me for nostalgia gifts. I plan on getting my nieces CPK dolls this year for Christmas…they love dolls. I also used to play with a doll called Lil Miss Makeup…a baby doll that wore makeup…looking back at it now, that just seems odd…don’t have her anymore though.

  16. Kathryn, I see you have a booksigning on Dec. 8th. Is this your first? I can imagine how nervous you are. I suggest taking one of your dolls and sitting it on your table. That’ll make you feel more comfortable and might help draw people over to you. It’ll be fun. I promise.

  17. Congrats on the release!
    When I was little I didn’t like dolls very much. I prefered to climb trees, play at a creek, etc. 😛

  18. I am also a grandma who loves playing with dolls. I made Cabbage Patch type cloth dolls before they were popular and have dolls all over including a replica of a Bylo Baby wearing the baptismal dress my father in law wore 90 years ago. My children all also wore it.
    I am looking forward to reading your book.

  19. Wonderful dolls! My favorite baby doll opened and closed her eyes but my kid brother wanted to know the mechanism and popped them into her head…
    Congrats on your release, hope we may read many more books!

  20. Wow! Great hearing from all of you! And might I ask Michelle S, Lori D, and Taryn R, what you are doing up so early!!!

    Lori – I can’t believe we have known each other all this time and didn’t compare notes about our mothers’ dolls. Too funny.

    Michele S and Christy H –Yes, aren’t the Madame Alexander dolls lovely? They certainly have been around a long time.

    Beverly — that had to break your heart to find your doll run over by the bus! I can’t believe you got to take them to school! What fun. All I remember taking to school was a bag of marbles way back in 1st and 2nd grade. No dolls allowed.

    Linda W- Humm. The Wedding Dress Doll. My mother would probably know about that one. Doesn’t ring a bell with me. I’ll have to google it

    Maureen – Yes I do remember the Chrissy doll. I liked the hair thing too, but never had one.

    Karen B – I liked doll houses too. Still wouldn’t mind having one to fix up for fun (but where is the time for that!) My dad actually made a big dollhouse for my sister and me– one that was tall enough for our Barbie dolls. Phyllis and I had a lot of fun with that.

    Thanks Stacey! It’s great to be here. I love this website! What a great idea! And always so much fun to browse through. By the way, congratulations on your new 4-book contract! Way to go, Hussie!!

    Brenda — your post nearly had me crying. How cruel to do that to your own grand-daughter. I’m so glad your daughter made the special effort to amend some of those wrongs. What a special person she must be.

    Joyce — I figured a “tom-boy” would sooner or later chime in. My mother dispairs of me ever taking a strong interest in her dolls. Books and horses were always my passion. The Barbies and the Chatty Cathy, I used to have, have all found their way back into my mother’s collection. However, I still have a few Breyer horse figurines. Thanks for posting!

    Teresa W and Lily – Thanks for the congratulations! It has been a dream come true.

    Linda B – Too funny about your dolls and always cutting their hair! My oldest son did that quite often with his stuffed animals!

    You asked if I had anything in the works…of course! My next book is another western romance that takes place in Texas this time. I’m thinking Catherine Zeta Jones and Gerard Butler –a good combination, don’t you think? I’m done with the rough draft and just finishing up the polishing.

    Pam C – I enjoyed Untamed Cowboy! I see it’s up against Stacey’s entry in the LoveWesternRomances contest. Good luck to you both. And thanks for having me here. As I said before, this is a great website!

    And Amy — thanks for posting! Something perhaps I’ve never told you before — the young child, Hannah, in my story, is modeled after you. I saw a picture of you at the age of 4 and said to myself — there’s Hannah!

    Thanks to everyone for posting! This has been so much fun! A trip down memory lane! I’ll be sure to enter your names in my contest drawing!

    Kathryn Albright http://www.kathrynalbright.com The Angel & the Outlaw ~ Harlequin Historical, Dec. 2007

  21. Kathryn,
    As you know, we were best friends during our “formative years” growing up in San Diego, and I well remember your Mom’s fantastic collection of dolls! My Dad still talks about them to this day, that’s how impressed he was. You and I were such romantics, daydreaming about Romeo and Juliet (the movie) and Mark and Mike (our boyfriends). I am so proud of you for turning daydreams into reality with this book. I’ll be with you in spirit on Dec. 8 at your booksigning!

    Much love,
    Simone

  22. Hi again!

    I’m so excited to hear from all of you! This is really fun!

    Jennifer – thanks for posting! I remember the Little Miss Make-up doll–at least seeing the commercials on TV for it. Since I had all boys and my one daughter was more of a tomboy, I never spent much time in the doll section of the toy store.

    Yes, Linda. The booksigning is my first. It is during the Christmas Walk in my little town. Should be a very friendly, low key affair–a good thing for my first signing. The next one will be bigger –at a Barnes & Noble during the Christmas rush. A little more stressful, I think. But I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for the suggestion about the dolls!

    Stephanie D – Thanks for your congratulations and for your take on dolls. We all have our passions, don’t we? Dolls aren’t everyones cup of tea. Makes for interesting people (and characters in our books too!)

    Connie – Good to have you here! That baptismal dress is quite an heirloom. It must be so precious to you. My mother also has a ByLo doll.

    Eva – Good grief! What a thing to do. That’s brothers for you. Actually, I remember my mother fixing many dolls for that exact same reason (the eyes had been pushed back into the head–usually be accident.) Sounds rather violent, don’t you think?

    Again – Thanks for posting. I’m having a wonderful time reading everyone’s memories of their dolls.

    Kathryn Albright
    http://www.kathrynalbright.com
    The Angel and the Outlaw ~ Harlequin Historicals, Dec. 2007

  23. Kathryn, I think having a booksigning during your Christmas Walk event would be a lot of fun. Lots of people will be buying Christmas gifts. It’s a good time to sell. Barnes and Noble are wonderful people to work with. They’ll make you feel really welcome. Good Luck!

    And I’m glad to hear you have another western coming out. That’s great.

  24. Hi Kathryn!
    Another interesting post! Many congratulations and since I had a sneak preview of your excerpt, I am sure your novel will go down a storm…
    With best wishes
    Carol

  25. I think I was doll deprived lol. I had a small one my sister got me from a send in cereal box lol. Never had barbies either. I have two girls and I made sure they both had dolls – one loved them and the other prefered toy cars lol. I loved reading about all the above dolls!!

  26. Kathryn,
    What a wonderful and informative post. I learned a lot. My favorite doll was a baby doll with a soft vinyl face and a pudgy foam rubber body in which wires had been inbedded to make it posable. I loved her until the foam rubber disintigrated. I still have her head. Spooky.
    Congrats on your successful blog!
    A fellow WisRWA author.
    Laurel

  27. I guess my favorite doll growing up was my Barbie dolls. I had Ken, Barbie, Midge, and Skipper with a flat chest. Barbie is dated 1958 and the others in the 60’s. I still have these dolls to this day but they are in bad shape. I played with these dolls alot. Sometime I display them in old fashion clothes. Its nice to still have them. It is part of my child hood.

  28. Hi, Kathryn, and congrulations on your debut!

    I loved reading about your mother and her doll making — my mom used to make a few dolls and a lot of Santas. My fav doll was a ballerina – I don’t recall her name. I had the Barbie’s and whatnot, and liked them, but the ballerina could go en pointe. Way cool!

    So fabulous to find you here! BTW, my only daughter’s name is Kathryn Leighanne Sarah.

    Have a fab weekend!

  29. Simone! Thank you so much for posting. Ah, the memories…You remember first hand what an–ahem–interesting atmosphere I grew up in. And thanks for not posting anything embarrassing (grin.) I don’t remember that you had any dolls. I just recall the big piano in your bedroom and how good you were at playing it.

    Carol – Thanks for the congrats and good wishes. Of course I hope that everyone who reads my book enjoys it. The setting is near and dear to my heart.

    Jeanne – I’m glad to see you here. Isn’t it amazing how different two children can be? And the “authorities” say never to compare them, but it just comes naturally, doesn’t it?

    Laurel – Your post had me laughing out loud. I’m so sorry for your doll disintegrating! And I agree, it is a bit spooky that you have her head still. Are you planning to go to the WisRWA conference in June?

    Hi Gail – Do they even make Midge dolls and Skipper dolls anymore? (My mom would know.) I had both of those too when I was younger.

    Thanks for all the great comments! And, as I mentioned in my first post, I’ll be sure to enter your name in the drawing for a signed copy of my debut book and the ornament!

    Kathryn Albright
    http://www.kathrynalbright.com
    The Angel and the Outlaw ~ Harlequin Historicals, Dec. 2007

  30. Hi Kathryn,
    I just lost a long post I wrote to you! But I wanted to say hello and welcome you to Petticoats!
    I loved my Barbie Dolls and even had a Skipper and Midge too.
    My mother-in-law is an avid doll collector. They reside all over her house so I had to laugh about those eyes staring at you – I feel the same way when I walk into her house!
    Enjoy your first release. Here’s to many more to come!

  31. Hello, Nancy! Glad you found your way here. Sorry about the mix-up. My mistake. What a surprise to learn that you named your daughter so close to my name! I think the spelling must be the English version. Kathryn with a C is either German or Russian–but I could be wrong.

    Thank you for the kind welcome, Charlene. I am anxious to read some of your books– and trying to check out all of the Hussies books, especially the western writers. I really liked the cover on your last one–Bodine’s Bounty. Immediately when I saw it, I started conjouring up plot lines and characterization for the two portrayed. Will definitely have to read that one.

    I must confess, sitting here and blogging while the winter storm is raging outside my window is a much better and fun way to spend my Saturday than trying to get out and shop for Christmas! A layer of ice is already thick on my front walk. Even my dog (a Golden Retriever) has slipped and slid down the steps to take care of her “business.” Oh, yes–inside is much more cozy.

  32. Hi Kathryn. Congratulations on your debut release. What lovely dolls. Thanks for sharing the information about these dolls. I am always fascinated by how dolls were made in the past.

  33. Congratulations on your book!
    My favorite doll was my only doll.
    My fourth grade teacher gave it to me. She had a china head, hands and feet. Her body was cloth and she was naked.

  34. Congratulations on your release! A dark, brooding stranger…yum! I love those type of heroes. The story sounds great!

    My favorite dolls were talking Barbie and Ken. I spent hours and hours playing barbies with my girlfriend on the fromt porch when I was little. Unfortunately, shortly after my husband and I moved into our fist home, the basement flooded. I couldn’t save them. I remember sitting on the steps watching my box of dolls and all the clothes floating in the water and muck. I was in tears and had to throw them all away.

  35. Hello, Crystal. Yes, isnt’ it amazing all the work and craftsmanship that went into them? I’ve accompanied my mother to some of her doll conventions and it is something to see the lace and fancy stitching of just the clothes, let alone the actual dolls.

    Estella – thanks for posting. As your one and only doll, was she precious to you? Or, more like me and books, were dolls not your passion? Did you try to make clothes for her?

    Kim – What a shame about your dolls. And you had them so long — all the way until you married. I’m so sorry that happened.

    Thanks so much for your congratulations. This is “the book of my heart” and I’m so glad that it has finally been published. My family has wanted to read it for forever, and I kept saying they had to wait until it was officially published. Now it is! Even my dad read it and said he liked it. I hope you will check it out too.

    I’ll close the contest portion of this blog at midnight, pacific time. I’ll let you know tomorrow who won the autographed copy of The Angel and the Outlaw and the ornament! Thanks so much for participating!

    Kathryn Albright
    http://www.kathrynalbright.com
    The Angel and the Outlaw ~ Harlequin Historical, Dec. 2007

  36. Hey there, I’ve been on the road. I’ve missed you. I know we had ONE Barbie for three girls at one time. And it was one of the very early ones. It would be worth a fortune now, except you know, I think I pig chomped off it’s leg. We saved her, bald and one legged and still played with her a lot. Now a days we could get a handicapped parking sticker for her Barbie Camaro.
    So, she’s not worth a dime of course.
    I bought my youngest daughter a millenium Barbie, all sparkly and fairy princess in silver and told her it’d be valuable someday I’d bet, so she was just to look at, leave her in the box and set her up in your room (it’s not like the kid didn’t already have like….85 other Barbies as the youngest of four daughters.
    About two hours later, I caught the little tyke (COME ON, SHE WAS NINE, it’s not like I asked it of a TWO YEAR OLD) giving Milennium Barbie a bath, complete with hair shampoo.
    So much for my future as an investment counselor.

  37. Hi Mary! Thanks for joining us! Yours was a funny post. You had the right idea with your investing, but it is so hard for children to “look, don’t touch.” Love the line about the Barbie Camaro!

  38. Okay! The day is officially over (Pacific time) and I’m closing the contest. I’ll let you know tomorrow who won the autographed copy of my debut book and the ornament! Good luck and thank you all so much for posting and making this such a fun day!

    Thank you to the fillies at Petticoats and Pistols for having me and joining in the posting! And special thanks to Cherl St.John for her invitation!

    Kathryn Albright
    http://www.kathrynalbright.com
    The Angel and the Outlaw ~ Harlequin Historical, Dec. 2007

  39. I’m late again in posting but just had to add a comment (snow storms always put me behind). I had dolls but not baby dolls, mine were Barbies and 18″ fashion dolls. Like Maureen I had a Chrissy doll (the red head) and a Kari doll (the blonde). Chrissy ended up losing a leg so she’s been gone for a long time but I still have Kari, though her hair no longer winds up. I think I had their little sister Velvet for a while too. My mom was actually more into dolls than I was and still is. She had a doll named either Tuesday or Tiffany Taylor who’s hair color could be changed by rotating the top of her head. The reason I can’t remember which name she had is because the 18″ doll was one name and the 12″ doll (barbie size) was the other. I had at least two of the 12″ while Mom had the 18″. I also have an 18″ Chrissy that has velcro spots on her head to which you could attach hair pieces.

    Mom made clothes for all the dolls and my barbies and I still have the 18″ clothes and the Kari, Chrissy, and Taylor dolls to go with them. I also have some other cheap 18″ dolls I plan to sew costumes for, I plan on making my own “Lady of the Lake” and a female gunslinger.

  40. Looking forward to reading your book. I am friends with your Aunt Judy and she told me you were getting published this December. Congratulations on your debut of The Angel and the Outlaw! Sandy

    p.s. my favorite doll was the “toni doll”…. sister and I had to share her.

  41. do you hae dolls that are just made out of cotten from the 1800s because i am trying to make on of the dolls the cildren use to have in the olden days. i have to hand stictch one i hope you awser my qustion sometime soon thanks!!!

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