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Do you remember your first doll?
Mine was a Rosebud doll. I didn't need to give her a name because the word Rosebud was moulded into her back. She was made from some form of hard, creamy coloured plastic which we called "pot".
Rosebud had limbs jointed with rubber bands and occasionally one would come off. It was a real struggle to get it hooked back on. Rosebud's hair was moulded onto her head in curls and she had blue, staring eyes with lids that flicked up and down.
My sister had a Rosebud doll too which was the same as mine except it was black with orange eyes. Her Rosebud also had a voice box in the back underneath the moulded Rosebud name-tag. When tilted my sister's Rosebud would make a plaintive sound of "mama, mama" which was rather eerie.
My sister has kept her Rosebud doll for well over fifty years and she rescued it from a cardboard box in her loft at the weekend and photographed it. The rubber that holds the head and limbs in place has perished and so they've fallen off. She just managed to fix them back precariously for this photograph. Fortunately the spooky voice box no longer functions.
Our mum made outfits for the dolls and my sister's Rosebud is wearing the remains of one of the outfits our mum made for her back in the 1950s.
There is a fantastic article on the Petalina: growing up with dolls website. The author's grandfather was actually the designer of Rosebud dolls. You can read all about it here: My grandfather used to model Rosebud dolls.
Did you have a Rosebud doll?
Or were they before your time?
Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great day.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK