Sunday, August 31, 2014

Doll-A-Day 220: Fisher Price Lapsitter Joey

  It rained today, so I didn't get to take the pictures of the doll I wanted to do,the one I got at the doll show last week. So today's doll is one you had a preview of recently. He's Joey by Fisher Price.

He was made at a time when it was starting to be suggested that little boys should be given dolls too.

These dolls aren't officially called Lapsitter dolls, but they've become known as that.  The actual name of the line was Little Girl Dolls, when they were introduced in 1974. Joey entered the line the next year. I don't know what they did about the name of the line then.

Joey is 14" tall, but can't stand of course. (He's doing a lot of leaning here.)He's soft, all cloth except for his vinyl head and hands, and much more adept at sitting than standing.

 The girls from the previous year were made so that when their outer clothes were removed, their bodies looked like they were wearing pajamas. Joey could remove his blue jacket with yellow sleeves, (As mine obviously has!),but under it he's wearing a striped shirt and jeans. Maybe he sleeps in his clothes. (Well, he'd have to...)

His shoes really tie and untie.

He has pointy fingers on both hands.
They went that-a-way...and that-a-way.
He has thinly rooted brown hair and cute little freckles.

See you again tomorrow.

The Most Unbelieveable Deal: Barbie's New Dream House

    Ok.A couple of Fridays ago I dropped Ken off at work and headed to check out the thrift stores, which are on that side of town. I went to our local Salvation Army, which is both a donation center and a store. They have had some great vintage dolls this summer, so I'm prepared for almost anything lately, but not what I found that day. I found a couple of dolls, but nothing too amazing. I came out and was putting my bag in the van, when I looked over to the front of the store where the donation door is. I got really excited because I saw what I knew was a vintage cardboard Barbie structure in a box. I just couldn't tell which one it was. I went up to have a look and freaked. It was Barbie's second house, the New Dream House.

Barbie's New Dream House from 1964. The rooms could be configured in different ways.

We had one of these as a kid. Well, I say 'we'. My sister got it for Christmas one year.

My sister and her New Dream House on the left. I'm on the right, and much more concerned with that new washing machine.I've already opened my new dish set, (in the foreground), and obviously my Tiny Thumbelina, because that's her pink box next to the dishes. Into the '70s the dishes were kept in that Thumbelina box.

  I loved it. We didn't get to play with it much though. Our mom was obsessed with a clean house,and she considered The Dream House a mess waiting to happen.It spent most of it's life in a closet, and we weren't very often allowed to "have that thing spread out all over the floor."   She lived in constant fear of "What if somebody was to come" and find our house a mess. Having "that thing spread out all over the floor" constituted a mess. (As did blanket houses, and most other forms of play. This is why we mostly played in our rooms or outside. Other than a tiny table and chair against the wall between the living room and "the good room", no one entering the downstairs of our house would have had any clue that children even lived there.) Did I mention that we lived in the middle of nowhere, the nearest neighbors at least a mile down the road in either direction, and nobody ever came? 
  When we got older my sister gave me the house. She forgot about that when we grew up though, and gave it to her first husbands nieces. So it was long gone and I really wanted to replace it. I finally got one off 'an auction site' ast year, and it only has a couple of problems. (You can see it in my post from last October,More Amazing Barbie Stuff Today.)
  I couldn't tell how bad the house at Salvation Army was because it was all apart and piled in a box.I went in right away to ask the clerk if someone was there who could put a price on it for me. She said nobody would be there who could do that until Monday.Of course, this was Salvation Army, so there was always the danger of them pricing it by taping a big tag to it, (And it's cardboard, so we all know what that means, right boys and girls?), or writing the price on it with their stupid black crayon pencil.I then asked if I could go out and take a look at it to see if it was even worth bothering with. She said sure, so I headed out. I stuck my head in the donation loading doorway to tell them what I was up to.I started to look through the box. It was in pieces and has a bit of wear to it.I started taking the bits out to see if I could tell if it was all there. I noticed the patio door was there, and the paper rug. Pretty soon the guy who takes in the donations came out to get to work. He asked me what the thing in the box even was, because it was in so many pieces he couldn't tell. (And he is young, so he had never seen a cardboard doll house before!) I explained that it was a house. He said, "The worst pieces are in the bottom." He said he thought it was a piece of junk. He then said, "Just take it. I was gonna throw it away." I told him I couldn't do that. He said,"Yeah. People do it all the time." (Take stuff they've thrown away, that is.) I still said I couldn't do that because it would be stealing. He kept saying, "Seriously. I'm going to throw it away. It's trash." Finally he said, "I tell you what. I'll put 10 cents on it and I'll take it up front for you." I could tell he really was going to throw it away if I didn't take it, because he didn't want to mess with it. (And I don't think he wanted me spreading the bits out all over the sidewalk to figure out what was there.) In that condition it wasn't sellable really, and he didn't know what to do with it. So I said ok. I went in and told the clerk. When he brought it up he said he had put 20 cents on it.What do you think I said? "Oh! Well you said 10 cents! Forget it!" Yeah right! The clerk looked at it and said, "That's junk. I'm not gonna charge you 20 cents. I'm charging you 10. Actually, it has to end in 9, so I'm charging you 9." It was 10 cents after tax!
  So I'm reeling. I can't get home fast enough. I'm dying to see if this thing will go back together. I'm also dying to see what all is in the bottom of the box to see if the two things I'm missing from my Dream House are down there. (I'm missing the living room lamp and the tv screen with the Larry the Lion Animal Yakker picture on it.)

So I got it home and started trying to get it back together. When I finished it looked like this:

It's all there! The house that is. The ironic thing? This house is missing the exact same two pieces as my house!! Man!

It has all the furniture and everything except that living room lamp and that one tv screen! What are the odds of that?!

The sliding patio door! My favourite part!

 The second house is way harder to find than the first one. You can hardly give the first one away, while the second one commands a high price. One reason is that the second one is so much cooler than the first one. You can watch the commercial for this Dreamhouse HERE. The first Barbie house is just one room. The second house is cleverly designed so that you can rearrange the rooms.

You can see my other New Dreamhouse HERE,and the Dream Kitchen and Dinette HERE. There's a weird connection between this house and the Kitchen and dinette I got!

There's a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a patio, with built in grill and fold up hedges.There's a closet, kitchen cupboards,and an oven, that all open. And best of all, there's that sliding patio door. That was always my favourite part.When we made Emma a doll house I made sure that one of the things it had was a sliding patio door!

The price the kid wrote on the box.
And my final price!

I'm still trying to figure out how I can fix my house's bad flap with this house.The problem? My house has a bad flap on the bedroom side, and this house has a bad flap on the patio side: same piece of cardboard!

  The house also contained these two pieces of vintage Barbie clothing:

And some nice homemade clothes:

I love the things you find in old toys like this. Years ago the kid  who owned this house made a mailbox for it's little inhabitants:

I was wondering aloud what the pill bottle was for. Before I could say it Ivy said it for me: maybe it's the newspaper box.
They also made this wedding invitation:

Barbra, 'Mardge', and Scooter McDorm are invited to...

 "You are invited to our wedding tomorrow at 6:30 pm. Sincerly, Barbie and Don" 'Don'? Who's Don?
That has to be my best find this summer! I had to share it, since no one around here was very excited!
UPDATE: In fact, I was missing TWO tv screens, so I did get one of the ones I was missing from this house. Just not the Larry the Lion one! I also have a Beatles card taped to the screen I had, so I added the non Beatles card one from this house to my house.(Kept the Beatles one though!)  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Doll-A-Day 219: Skipper Saturday:Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

  This week's Skipper Saturday doll is, I think, the first Skipper I bought after I decided I wanted 'a' Skipper. She's this brunette straight leg doll.

I did a Dr. Frankenstein, and made this girl out of parts I bought at the big doll show one year. I bought a bag of heads and a bag of bodies and a couple of original Skipper swimsuits.

Not bad for a Frankenstein's monster, is she?

 She's wearing Country Picnic, from 1966.

Country Picnic is a bit hard to complete because it contains so many tiny accessories.

It consists of the dress, with butterfly appliques...

...matching purse...

...light pink flats...

 a picnic blanket, (Looks like a fringy tablecloth.),a thermos with removeable lid/cup, checked napkin,an aqua coloured plate,a hamburger, a hot dog, (Man, Skipper was hungry...),long handled roasting fork for the hot dog,a wax slice of watermelon,a strawberry soda in a glass, an ice cream cone, (Just how did Skipper take these things on a 'country picnic'?),a beach ball, (actually just a muticoloured rubber ball),a butterfly net, and a tiny monarch butterfly!

I at least have the clothes!(Actually I think I have the hot dog too.)
What it did NOT contain was a hat made of the same fabrics as the dress and purse. A lot of people sell a hat like that as the "rare Skipper Country Picnic hat". In truth, it's a Liddle Kiddle hat. Mattel used many of the same fabrics, and even accessories for Barbie and Liddle Kiddles. The hat belongs to Millie Middle, who came with a sand box and a pail and shovel.

Millie Middle Liddle Kiddle. Not my picture and I'll be glad to remove it. Just to warn Skipper collectors when they see this hat. It's NOT Skipper's.

See you tomorrow for a doll I got at last week's doll show.