Back some time last summer I got a doll in a junk shop for 75 cents. She was wearing nothing but this jacket to Barbie's Winter Holiday fashion.
|Somebody did a little work on her face. She needs darker eye brows and her nose is red. Looks like she has a cold.|
|There's Cricket on the right.|
|Tressy's belly 'button'.Unfortunately, my Cricket is missing the whole mechanism for cranking her hair in and out.|
|Tressy's key hole.|
|That beauty salon looks pretty cool.|
|Whoa! Make your own hats! This looks like fun!|
|And a half?|
...and her own little sister, Cricket. (Cricket was called 'Toots' in England for some reason, and was made by Palitoy.)
|My original Tressy on the left,with her pal Glamour Misty, The Miss Clairol Doll.|
But as a kid I didn't even know Cricket existed. I have learned of her since, which is how I was pretty sure the doll I found was Cricket.
Cricket was introduced in 1965, and produced until 1967. She's 9 1/2" tall, so she's just about the same size as Skipper.
She also had her own wardrobe. (Toots had the same fashions, but they were given different names, at least some of the time.)
|'The most wonderful little girl in the world'.|
This girl was wearing the aforementioned Barbie coat when I got her, but I already had several pieces of Cricket clothing I had accumulated over the last few years.The checked dress in the above pictures of my doll is called Just Pals, and originally came with white flats and two little plastic poodles which were WAY out of proportion to be her real dogs.My dress needs some restoration.
Sweet Treat was a blue dress with white organdy collar and bow, and came with white flats and an ice cream cone.I know I have it somewhere!It's pictured in the ad below,along with...
Fan Club Fun came with this blue jacket,a pencil and Cricket's scrapbook,as well as, what else? White Flats.
There is also a matching blue skirt, and a white blouse with lace. I swear I have them somewhere.
|It's a cozy corduroy 2 piece.|
Like Skipper, a lot of Cricket's outfits were meant to coordinate with her big sister's clothes. Several Cricket fashions matched Tressy's in style and /or fabric. There was also a more direct connection to Skipper: some of Cricket's fashions were directly copied from or influenced by Skipper fashions. 'TV Time', with it's black and white checked tights and jumper dress, was a direct rip off of Skipper's 'Town Togs'.
|Skipper in Town Togs. (You can see this whole post, including a short photostory and the story of this Skipper's make over HERE.)|
|'TV Time', top left.I'm wondering what the thing under the Coke, radio and red pennant is. Looks like a Cousin Itt mask...|
|Another Skipper clone fashion on the left, and the real Red Sensation on the right.This is from my post on Skipper clone fashions, which you can see HERE.|
|Francie is 'Fresh as a Daisy'. (By the way, you can see her whole post, including her before and after restoration photos HERE. )|
|Tressy in a tagged Tressy velvet coat.It's missing a couple of buttons.|
|French booklet. Somewhere I saw a picture from a French booklet that showed this red velvet coat in green. In France Tressy and her sister were made by Bella Poupees.|
I'm not a full on Tressy collector, but in addition to my childhood doll I have a couple of others, including this gorgeous dark haired Tressy.
|I took this picture today, and yes, that is ice on the bushes!|
So it was nice to have a Cricket to go with them. Also, as a Skipper collector,I can add her to the few Skipper competitors I own.