A special memory

by Jane Millette
(Amarillo, Texas)

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.

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Jan 09, 2010
Thank you Jane & Elizabeth
by: Diane

I so enjoyed your input about your beloved childhood dolls.

I have added my entry and hope you enjoy reading of my experience. I now have many Toni dolls and other wonderful childhood dolls too.


Dec 25, 2009
Janes' Toni
by: Elizabethkiwi

I enjoyed reading about Janes special memories of her Toni doll.....I'll share mine...

Christmas of 1957, I was 8 years old. My little sister and I had opened all our presents, when Mum said "oh, look - Santa has left something under your beds".....And there it was, a big blue Pedigree doll box, with tiny colorful dolls and toys printed all over the lid -

I can remember lifting the lid and gasping at the beauty revealed within. I called her Connie, she was 21 inches of pure perfection, all dressed in lemon organdy - gorgeous dress and bonnet, with matching lemon knickers and full slip, and little white shoe and sox.

My sisters one was identical, but in blue. We spent so many hours "walking" our wonderful dolls, we were the envy of many local children.

How I loved that doll, I never grew out of dolls and was collecting others by the time I was 20.

Now, I glance at Connie sitting on her little stool, still all in lemon but not her original outfit.

My Mother made dolls clothes for the Thumbelina factory, and they supplied dolls clothes for the Lines Bros dolls.

Lines bros made the celebrated Pedigree hard plastic dolls, still sought after throughout the world now..So Connie now still has one of my dear Mum's outfits on, still lemon.

And although I lost my dear little sister, her doll still sits next to my Connie, and yes, she's all in blue...

Thanks Jane for sharing your memories, I hope you enjoy mine.

From Elizabeth in New Zealand

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