Comments from Susanna Bavin and Jen Gilroy on my blogpost about Rosebud Dolls reminded me of my own teddy. I remembered he was quite a large teddy bear and as I got him for my first birthday present he must have been bigger than me!
He needed repairs at one stage and had to go to the Dolls' Hospital.
The Dolls' Hospital where he went to have his eye sewn back was in the County Arcade in Leeds. There's a photo on this website and some nostalgic readers' comments.
One person said the shop had very high counters with stacks of shelves behind that went right up to a high ceiling filled with boxes of trains, railway tracks and accessories. That's exactly what I can remember too but not until I read her description. And she recalled that the man who repaired her doll wore a brown overall coat. So did my teddy's repairer but I didn't remember that until I read the comment either. Funny how memory works!
There's still a Dolls' Hospital in Leeds but it's in the Queen's Arcade and has only (!) been in business for forty years so I don't think it can be the same one that my teddy went to.
The photo was taken a couple of months before my fourth birthday. I love the sturdy shoes and the half mast socks. You can read more about my 1950s memories in my new ebook Cabbage and Semolina available at Amazon worldwide. Cabbage and Semolina is in Kindle Unlimited and if you don't have a Kindle a free app is available for phones, iPad, computers etc.
Me and My Teddy Bear - Rosemary Clooney - 1950
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