Today's soft doll is actually two.They're Hap and Hope.
They were made in 1979, by Determined Products .
I often see people selling Hope online as a Pippi Longstocking doll. She's not one, and now you know who she is.
Susan Perl was an artist who illustrated magazine articles, books, and the ever popular ads for children's clothes made by Health-Tex.
The Health-Tex campaign, using Susan Perl illustrations and the theme of "The Handy Answers to Hard Questions Asked by Children in the Health-Tex Years", was so popular that it ran from 1966 until the early 80s. I assume it ended because Susan Perl died in 1983, at the age of 60.
|'Health-tex' was short for 'healthy textiles', because that's what the clothes were supposedly made from.|
When I was a kid I used to save the Health-Tex ads. Apparently I wasn't alone. Even adults used to write to Health-Tex requesting reprints of their ads with the Susan Perl artwork.
|Oh the 70s. Look at those pants on the left, uh, and right...and in the middle...Actually, I had some like those in the middle...|
|This guy looks like Hap...except for the smile.|
|Hap has a lot of attitude.|
I didn't even know there was a Hope doll until I saw her online one day.
|Hap has a matching green shirt with his picture on it, that says, "I'm Hap"...|
|...and his name on his jeans pocket.|
|Hope's shoe straps have snaps. Hap has slip on shoes in the same faux leather fabric.|
They can't stand on their own. There's a lot of leaning and hanging on going on in these pictures.
|Their arms and legs look very like Raggedy Ann and Andy's.|
|If they have struck your fancy,there are actually about 3 Hopes and two Haps on Ebay right now!(They're not mine, by the way.)|
Tomorrow we'll look at another soft doll.