A special memory
by Jane Millette
I got my Toni for my 7th birthday in March of 1950, a platinum blonde beauty. She and I were inseparable.
For Christmas that year (59 years ago), my grandmother made her a wardrobe - 2 corduroy dresses, a flannel nightgown to match the one she made for me, a long "party dress" with its own slip, and a wool coat with a fur collar and hat.
She cut the fur from her own coat, I later discovered. The pockets on the corduroy dresses were just big enough for a silver dime.
I later made her a couple of dresses, trying out new sewing techniques. Today, Christmas Eve 2009, I was able to replace her rubber bands and she is once again able to be played with. I still have all the clothes, too.