One of my more recent Posh Points purchases was a fun little doll - A Baby Love Notes by Mattel.
I haven't taken a picture of her yet - this picture is a highly pixelated and stylized version on the listing picture for the doll. I'll get actual pictures up one of these days. Of note, and which you absolutely can not decipher from this shot (ha!) is the fact that she has an adorable little face, with freckles and green eyes. Her hair is acutally a soft red / coppery colr. I love the pigtails, but they don't appear to be stock.
She is 10". Face is rubber and hair nylon / rooted. She has a stuffed cloth body and limbs, with clothes that are sewn on and can't be removed. Inside her stuffed body are small plastic balls, which - when squeezed - let out musical notes. (These are manual, not the digital kind. Ah, the good 'ol days.) The dots on her body are colroed, and at the top of her dress is a little sheep and musical score graphic with a series of mini colored dots. If you squeeze the dots on her body in the order suggested by the musical score - you will play the beginning notes of Mary had a Little lamb.
My doll is in lovely condition. Not too dirty, obviously not too played with. Her "notes" still squeeze out just fine. Here is an image of what she would have looked like in her box, though, I didn't receive the box.
(I am well aware that preserving boxes a huge part of vintage doll and toy collecting, but it just isn't important to me - for two reasons:
Storage space, and display. I don't really like displaying my dolls in their boxes - what's the point? And who has room for box after emptly box? Well, maybe some of you do - but I don't. And remember, my collecitons are all about play-ability, and not necessarily the strict art of doll collecting. But I digress...
My doll has a tag on the back which includes a copyright stamp of 1974, although, from what I can tell - the dolls were produced from 1974 - 1979, and this doll may have been produced in the latter dates. I'd date her about 30-35 years old.
She's a cutie, but a bit lonely around here, so we are going to see what eBay and the various vintage doll boards can provide in way of some companions. I'd love to have a couple more.
I noticed that it is hard to find info on these dolls. Some of my questions:
What year is she?
Is there a list somewhere of all the production models and names? (I've seen that there is at least one boy, and read that an African American version was created as well.)
Also, if anyone knows where you might be able to find a brochure or "song sheet" for the dolls - that would be fun.
If anyone out there has any info on these dolls, I'd love it if you could leave a comment.