Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Doll-A-Day 242: Red Heads Week: Tessie Talk

  Today we're continuing Red Heads Week with Tessie Talk.

Tessie was made by Horsman in 1974.

. I was lucky enough to win this particular doll with an absentee bid in a doll auction, but I have 2 more...

 Tessie came in a plethora of outfits, hair colours, and at least a couple of hair styles.But, as you can see, they are easily identifiable... 

What did you say your name was?

She's actually a ventriloquist doll. (Except without the floppy legs!) She has a string in the back that opens her mouth when it's pulled.

This girl is absolutely mint except for her baggy socks. She even still has her hair net on, which, due to my bad luck with hair, I haven't even removed.

My first Tessie was the girl with the short brown hair. I'm assuming her hair used to be curly like the red haired Tessie.

My second Tessie was obtained at a toy show.
She's my only long haired one, and the only one missing her shoes.

 I have mentioned this before, but when I got this Tessie someone had given her what I refer to as a 'country singer hairdo'. When I was a kid lady 'country and western' singers, (As they were called back then.), used to wear their hair in huge teased and piled up do's. Like this:

 As I said before, I wasted no time in taking that down!

The Tessies are about 18" tall.

 I love their little knobbly knee caps and their turned up noses.

 This week I have been talking about some of the facts and myths about red hair. In doing research I found an interesting fact: Red heads don't smell like other people!Supposedly we have a very distinctive scent to our pheramones. Pheramones are described by Wikepedia as "a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species. Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting outside the body of the secreting individual to impact the behavior of the receiving individual." In wild animals pheramones are what attracts the male to the female. Humans can't actually smell pheramones as far as I know, but it would have put poor Charles Darwin's mind to rest if he had known this little tidbit. Apparently he struggled for ages to figure out why red heads continued when they were strictly against his 'survival of the fittest' theory. (Drawing attention to yourself makes you an easier target. He had the same trouble with the peacock!)
  Some research has shown that we have lower levels of adrenalin than people of other hair colours. Adrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter, (It sends signal to the brain.),released by the body during moments of stress or strong emotion, causing the heart to beat faster, and thereby increasing the body's oxygen level and giving a burst of strength. Supposedly this makes us less athletic. Ivy would make a good example for this theory! Red heads are, however, "over represented", according to one researcher, in the areas of math, science, philosophy, and  comedy. I guess what we lack in athletic power we make up for in brains. Oh well. I'd rather be smarter anyway.
  We also have less hair than other people. Brunettes have the most, (140,000 hairs), then blondes with 110,000. Red heads have only 90,000. This makes all kinds of sense to me, because I never felt I had enough hair! Supposedly red hair is thicker than other people's hair though. Well, that's where I go astray again. Like my red haired dad, I have very fine hair.
  Speaking of hair,red heads don't go gray like other people either. Most red heads maintain their colour longer than people of other hair colours. In most cases red hair gets more and more sandy coloured until it turns silvery white. This was certainly true with my Dad. His red hair started getting sandy when he was in his 50's, and it didn't really go white until he was in his 70's at least. At 52 I have started getting silver/white hairs in the last couple of years. They aren't very noticeable yet, unless somebody gets close and looks for them. (Thanks Ivy!)On the other side of that coin, the red haired lady across the street from me started going white in her 30s. There's an exception to every rule.

See you tomorrow for another red haired doll.

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