|This is my own personal Little Miss No Name that I got for Christmas as a kid.|
Little Miss No Name by Hasbro was produced in 1965,the 'big eye' look having been popularized by the paintings of Margaret Keane, and other artists.That was her only year of production. I guess not very many little kids wanted to care for a sad little waif...
|This painting by Margaret Keane is VERY Little Miss No Name.|
|I got these at the grocery store. I may have bought them, but we did get some free when we bought groceries.I do remember getting free pictures.This one's not Keane. These are by Alvaro.|
|I liked the sad eye thing, but I don't like this style of art now. Too messy.|
|I got this dog picture by Gig free at the grocery store. I always loved it, but wanted to help him somehow.|
I had asked for Little Miss No Name. My sister told me she wanted to take LMNN out of her box and stand her in the doorway of the room I was sleeping in (at our Aunt and Uncle's house), on Christmas eve, so I would see her there in the morning. (And she could have too. LMNN stands very well on her somewhat large, flat feet.) Mom said no, because she was afraid LMNN would scare me!
She scares Ken. He can't stand to look at her because he says she looks like 'Ignorance and Want' from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
Here I am 'taking care of' her on Easter of 1968, at my Grama's house.I'm holding a chocolate Easter egg. Just candy and dolls, and that's all I need! Wow! I'm still that way!
|"I need someone to love me...take me home...and brush my tear away."Ahhhhh!!(Frantic sobbing.) How can you not love her?!|
Hasbro's Little Miss No Name is about 15" tall, and made of a sort of grayish vinyl.Her torso and legs are a harder plastic, and her head and arms are more rubbery.She came without shoes, wearing only cotton undies and a stiff green burlap dress,(I've seen pictures of dresses that look more brown. Mine is definitely very green.) adorned with fake felt patches,
and fastened in back with a safety pin.
She also had a green elastic headband, and a tear. She actually had a tear, to go with that one hand that could be put out in a begging position.
|Look at those big brown eyes!This is a LMNN I got at a yard sale for 25 cents.The lady I got her from was her original owner and she had washed LMNN's hair and not combed it. It was something of a pitiful mess, but it conditioned and combed well.|
|Look at that! Now she can't even cry any more! It just keeps getting sadder!|
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that my tear had a tiny 'stem' on it, which fitted into the hole under her left eye. That's how I could take it on and off.
When I found yard sale girl she was naked. I thought these were her original underwear when I found them at a different yard sale,because they are very similar to my doll's. (Almost said,'similar to mine'! I do not have any underwear like these.)In comparison though, they are a bit different. Longer for one thing.
|Not quite sure what they were going for with the hand molds. I get the begging hand, but what's the other hand supposed to be for? One armed marching? Or maybe it's to slap you with if you don't cough up when she begs.|
|My girl's undies.|
Yard sale girl's hair is much longer than my my doll's.
|Her hair looks so nice.As you can see, I haven't restored my own doll's hair. I was kind of afraid to.Since this girl's hair turned out so well, I may try. She could do with a face washing too. Hey, that's the dirt of love.|
Little Miss No Name was almost the only doll I had who didn't come with extra clothes, that ever had clothes bought for her. (The only others were the one Barbie outfit and one Ken outfit I had, and Satin Supper I bought for Francie.).She has a red winter coat and a blue dress. She's also the only doll I had that my mom ever made clothes for.Mom made her a green and peach plaid dress with a matching bonnet. I wanted LMNN to have things. I wanted her to be happy.
|She's all cozied in a pink fuzzy doll blanket.|
Margaret Keane's story has a sad/happy ending little twist to it. Her husband was taking credit for her paintings. She took him to court, and to prove she was the real artist she offered to paint a painting for the judge in the court room. She proceeded to do an entire painting, and Walter, when it was his turn, claimed a sore shoulder and didn't paint. Margaret won the case, divorced her husband,(In 1965.), and moved to Hawaii. She later remarried,found religion, and started painting happier paintings.She's still around, and still painting.
UPDATE: The movie :Bigeye",based on Margaret Keane's life,was released in 2014.