Sunday, October 15, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #288: Crying Hong Kong Baby

 I spent the day with Emma and Ivy today, so here's a quick post on a weird little kid I found at my favourite Goodwill. It's this crying baby.

All I know about it is that it says 'Hong Kong' on the bottom...

...and it's 3" tall.

The head is a separate piece and can turn.

It might be by Imperial Toys, as I see several similar toys by them in my Google search.

She has lots of red hair too.
  That's it for today. Join us tomorrow for another doll.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #287:Shrunken Saturday: Only Hearts Pets Brownie

  Ivy is off working with Emma this weekend, so I have been all by myself, (While Ken's at work,at least.),since yesterday. I've spent my time hanging and unhanging laundry,doing dishes,working on some sale listings for some things I need to get rid of,watching YouTube videos,and trying to get the cats to take their pills. Whoever thought pills for cats were a good idea?! Cats won't take pills. Our dog Piper had to take a Prednazone for her nervous disorders every day, and that was far less of a pain than trying to get a cat to take one pill. With a dog you can pop the pill in their mouth,hold their mouth shut and just rub their neck until they swallow. They may not like it, but most will put up with it. I will say,Piper would spit her pill out if given half a chance,which unfortunately everybody else in the house gave her. Many times I'd find her pill in the floor the next morning. That's why everybody usually relied on me to give her the pill. Of course, I'm the one stuck dispensing cat pills too. Yesterday I  was gifted with a claw in my index finger in exchange. Mow didn't mean to spear me,but he did NOT want to take that pill. I put the pills in soft cat food,but Mow ate the food and left most of  the pill bits! He's not stupid,(In spite of that blank stare he often has.). Everybody else wouldn't even touch the food! I ended up letting the pills,(and the rest of Mow's.) get soggy and smashing them into a greasy paste,which I smeared on their hard food. They're taking those pills one way or another!
  Today's Shrunken Saturday feature is this little guy.

He measures about 2" tall.

He's an Only Hearts Pet named Brownie.

The Only Hearts Pets were an offshoot of the Only Hearts Club dolls. On the back of his box it says the Pets will 'stick together',and that you can have them 'hold hands to make bracelets' etc. They manage these feats using the Velcro on their paws.

They also came with a clip,so they could be attached to back packs or whatever you wanted to clip them to.

There were other pets sold for the Only Hearts Club dolls that were more realistically designed, and more in scale to the dolls. The Pets actually seemed to be more like stuffed toys for the dolls.

The Velcro allows him to hold his own hand too.
   In 2010 McDonald's offered a collection of Only Hearts Club Pets. Those Pets came without boxes,in the usual Happy Meal Toy bags. To prove my idea that the Pets were actually more intended as toys for the OHC girls, or as toys on their own, as opposed to actual pets, the McDonald's line included a Penguin, a giraffe, and an elephant.

I found this little guy at my favourite Goodwill recently. You don't see them in their boxes much these days. In the box,they look like a miniature version of a regular sized stuffed toy in an open front box. They would be cute in a mini toy store diorama. (Without the 'giant' clip, obviously.)

  The Only Hearts Club dolls are some of my favourites. We'll have a look at them in upcoming posts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #286: Cuddly Beans

  Well, I have to apologize to the yard waste guys for what I was thinking when my yard waste was still sitting there at noon today. I was sure they were going to NOT pick it up AGAIN. But low and behold, it had later disappeared. Whoo hoo! So tonight I scooped up more of the stuff I left at the curb. Not all of it,or even as much as I had cans for, but I made a good dent in it, filling two containers. I may get the yard waste whipped this year yet. Now on to today's doll.
  I don't know about you, but when I think of the early 70's Mattel Baby Beans type dolls,I think of the small dolls like Talking Baby Beans. In fact, I had no idea there was any other size Beans doll involved in that series,until I found this doll at a flea market a few years ago.

She's 15" tall, like Drowsy.

She's Cuddly Beans.As is suggested by her name, she does indeed have beans in her bottom.She has apparently been very loved though, because she's almost out of stuffing. One of these days I'm going to have to open her up and give her some visible means of support.

Cuddly Beans was made in 1971. To see her in all her boxed glory you can go HERE. I paid more than I would have preferred for her, but I had never seen her before. I came upon her,and there was that familiar Drowsy face,with red hair peeking out from under her bonnet,and I weakened.

She also has the Drowsy hands.

Although she did come wearing a bonnet, it wasn't this one. She was wearing this one when I got her, and it works pretty well. She actually needs the bonnet...

You can see thread on the sides of her head where her original bonnet was sewn to it.

Mattel got cheap and only rooted the poor girl with bangs. She looks a little strange without the bonnet.

That finishes up nearly a week of Drowsy and her many versions. Tomorrow is Shrunken Saturday. See you then.

Doll-A-Day 2017 #285:Sleeper Keeper

  Today we're continuing to look at dolls with the Drowsy head mold. This doll is the Sleeper Keeper.


The Sleeper Keeper, (Yes. That's actually he only name she has.), was made by Mattel using the Drowsy head.

This is what she would have looked like in her box. She should have a bonnet,and a ribbon on her nightgown,which mine is missing.

She has not only  the Drowsy face but her hands too.
She had severe bed head, so I wet combed it to try to make it lay down. I wasn't entirely successful.
She's another that I haven't gotten around to taking apart and cleaning yet.  She has a talk box in her chest, so she'll have to be unsewn,and have her talk box removed, before she can be thoroughly cleaned.
Her pull string ring is on her neck. My doll does still talk.

I'm not sure this is her original ring. I've never seen a red one before.

I have seen her listed as 1964,1965,and 1971. There doesn't seem to be a year on her tag.

But the artwork on her box would suggest the 1971 date is accurate.
As she proudly proclaims on her box,she's a pajama bag and a talking doll. As a pajama bag, she has no body beyond her chest. Her nightgown is empty,to hold,what else? Pajamas.

The flannel night gown is lined in pink cotton. There was originally a drawstring in the bottom to keep the pjs inside.

And because she's a talking doll, she has a repertoire of snappy repartee,including:

Tell me a story,ok?

Your pajamas tickle.

Let's go to sleep now.

May I have your pajamas now?

I want to sleep next to you.

Hi! I'm a pajama bag!

Ok, so she's a little obsessed with being a pajama bag.

She has the same face as Drowsy,but her sleepy eyes are a sea green instead of blue.

But the difference that made me want her was, she's like having a Drowsy with red hair!

Drowsy herself came as a blonde, a brunette,(If you lived where they sold the Spanish speaking version.),and an African American. The Drowsy Beans doll came as a painted hair blonde,in the pink polka dot pjs,or as a painted hair red head in blue pjs. But the only way to get a red haired version of the classic Drowsy face on a doll with rooted red hair, was to get Sleeper Keeper girl here, or Baby Colleen...

Baby Colleen, top left corner. I'm pretty sure that Teachy Keen,on the right, also uses the Drowsy head.

..or the even more rare doll we'll see tomorrow. See you then.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #284: Polka Dot Drowsy Two Ways

  Yesterday we saw the original Drowsy,and I mentioned how much I had wanted a Drowsy when I was a kid. Today we're seeing two other versions of Drowsy.

Drowsy was originally produced from 1964 to 1974. She was then brought back in 1984,and again in 1999. By 1999 she had gone from being a pull string operated talking doll, to a battery operated doll. I know that much. But this pair have me confused.

I'm hoping someone who knows more about the history of Drowsy can straighten me out. I've had trouble finding information. (First,I have to apologize for the state of the Drowsy on the right. She was obtained at a yard sale (as was the other one.),and I haven't cleaned her yet.) Ok,here's the thing. Both Drowsy dolls have 'Made in Mexico' on their tags.
Above and below are Dirty Drowsy's tag. No year listed, but it says 'Made in Mexico'.

And here we have the other doll's tag:
It says 1964, but that could just be the original copyright,not the manufacture date. It's like all those 90's Barbie's that say a 60's date on their butts. It's just the copyright on the body type, not the year they were made. (I wish people would learn that...)

From reading the cleaner doll's tag I would say she's obviously older, since Mattel was still using 'shredded clippings' to stuff the dolls, as opposed to the dirty doll's 'polyester fiber'. However, there is something weird about her tag. What is obviously a Drowsy tag is sewn to what's left of a tag sewn into the actual seam of the doll's body,on which can be read the remains of the words...

...Hong Kong. Huh?

So what's the deal with that? Hong Kong,or Mexico?
If I had gotten this doll off Ebay, or from a doll dealer I might have thought somebody was trying to swindle somebody. Maybe trying to pass a newer doll off as old or something? But I got her at a yard sale,or maybe a thrift store. Has anybody else ever come across this?
  So if they were both made in Mexico,what's the time difference? I know the Mattel factory in Mexico burned down in 1970,but when did Mattel start manufacturing in Mexico again?
  Ok,so moving on to other differences.
  Drowsy on the left seems to be older. For one thing,she has the dry,crispy hair the older dolls have.

Dirty Drowsy has silkier hair, which I would say makes her later than Crispy Drowsy.

I said it was silkier. I didn't say it was manageable!
  Crispy has the same hair my Chatty Brother has.That would put her way back. I'm not sure how long Mattel used the Go-Crispy hair,but I know they used it back then. I'm 55, and I got Chatty Brother when I was less than 3 years old.Probably less than 2. She also has vinyl hands. I'm sure the cloth hand version is later, but how late?

I have seen them referred to as  'felt hands' ,but these at least, are cotton.
 I prefer the vinyl hands. Fortunately,later reproductions featured the vinyl hands, not the cloth ones.
Below is a late 60's ad for Drowsy. I know this because Newborn Thumbelina, advertised in the middle,below Drowsy,came out in 1968.

I got my Newborn Thumbelina for Christmas that year. You can see her HERE.

The Drowsy in the ad would appear to be the cleaner,albeit crispy haired Drowsy. Crispy Drowsy also has something the other girl doesn't.

A 'trap door' in her footie pjs.
Dirty Drowsy has no trap door.

And there's another difference: their tags are on opposite sides of their bodies.

As I showed you yesterday, original Drowsy had the trap door.

I'm pretty sure the 1999 reproduction had the trap door, but by then they were battery operated, and that's where the battery door was.
  And here's another difference. Dirty Drowsy has a shaped pink pullstring ring.

I suppose that's something that could have been replaced at some point.
Crispy has the regular ring.

Both of them have collars that aren't sewn to their bodies. 

The collars seem to have had elastic that has died over time, leaving the dolls with baggy lace 'necklaces'.
 Crispy has a face more like the earlier dolls.

Same crispy hair too.

Her face paint is very different from Dirty's.

I thought at first that Dirty just had very worn face paint. But in looking at it again, I see that,it's there. It's just not as dark,and the features aren't painted as large as Crispy's. Dirty has tiny little eyebrows and eensy little eyelashes. Her eyes are painted a different shade of blue,her pupils are much larger, and her shine dot is painted much smaller. Her lips are paler, and painted more narrow.

Kitty Drowsy has the same big lashes and smaller pupils as Cripsy Drowsy.

Dirty even seems to have a smaller head than Crispy.

Anybody know the years on these girls?

Tomorrow we'll see a Drowsy 'cousin'. See you then.