WEDNESDAY – 2015 #6

Welcome to Frisbee Wednesday where we celebrate … well, whatever. Mainly, we try to write something about a picture. This week’s picture is my own, beloved plastic pal, Toni — by Ideal. She is older than she looks, having be born in 1953. Yet there is not a single wrinkle in her face!

Please try to add your own ping back (links). If you aren’t sure how to do it, put your link in a comment. That works too.

Every Wednesday or until I throw in the towel, I’ll publish a picture and write something about it. You can use any of my pictures — or one of your own — as a prompt. If you find my subject interesting, by all means, extrapolate. Any length is acceptable from a couple of sentences, to a chapter from your upcoming novel.

Please link it back to this post (ping back) so other people can find it.


Story. Words. Poetry, prose, fact, or fiction. A couple of lines, a fanciful tale.

Pictures. Video if that’s your thing. Scanned pictures from your scrap-book. Weird pictures from the internet. Cartoons. Pictures of your family vacation and how the bear stole your food. Any picture you ever took and would like to talk about.


It sounds simple. It is simple. Every picture has a story or ought to. There are no rules. Follow my lead, ignore me, follow someone else’s idea. Any picture plus some text. Short or long, truth or fiction. Prose or poetry.

One final thing: If you want to get notices of these posts, you’ll have to subscribe to Serendipity. I’ll try to title relevant posts so you can easily recognize them.

My effort for this week follows.


My mother gave me Toni for my birthday the year I turned six. She was not my first doll. Annabelle, a lovely, blond girl from Madame Alexander, had that distinction.

Annabelle was (is) a class act, but Tony has better hair. In fact, Toni was and remains, all about the hair.

Toni - From 1953, still beautiful and young after all these years. One of my favorite plastic friends.

She came with a little box containing doll-size curlers and a “permanent wave kit.” These were the years of the “home perm.” Toni perms were the most popular home perm kids, and were quite the “in” fashion statement, the quintessence of early 1950s chic.

The success of a home permanent wave depended on the skill of the administrator (aka “mom”) and luck. Little girls typically subjected to this procedure were those with absolutely straight hair. Ten years later, their ramrod straight hair would be “The Look of the Hippy Generation.” Girls would iron their hair in an attempt to gain what their mothers tried to erase.

In the 1950s, Shirley Temple was the way a proper girl should look. To this standard mommies everywhere aspired on behalf of their daughters.

Shirley Temple Doll portrait

The curlers were teeny tiny and the “permanent wave” was sugar-water. It didn’t so much curl Toni’s hair, as make it sticky and attractive to flies and ants.

From my doll collecting days, I have perhaps 20 versions of Toni, from the compact, economy 14″ size, to the super-size luxury 24″ model. I have her with red, blond, auburn, brown, and dark brown hair. She is still plastic after all these years … and is still all about her hair.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

33 thoughts on “SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015-6”

  1. I still have my doll from when I was a child. She had big hair too, but unfortunately I decided to play hair dresser one day. Alas her big hair is no more. I still love dolls. These days I leave their hair alone.


    1. I didn’t save my originals, though I know who has my original Annabelle. I found these and collected them. I used to run an online antique and collectibles shop. My original intention was to get rid of some stuff and make some money doing it, but i think I wound up with the same amount of stuff or more, but BETTER stuff 🙂 I also made a little money.

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  2. Great…I just spit my coffee out when I read “Frisbee Wednesday” had to laugh. Thank you for that, what a great start into the day.

    I have a question. Where will I find the link for the other bloggers who will post today on “Frisbee Wednesday”. Will the ping backs be placed here on this post?


    1. They automatically get posted in the comments section. That’s why you can also just put a link in a comment and it’s basically the same thing. I really think Frisbee Wednesday will spice up this little prompt 🙂 Now, I need coffee to spit in.

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  3. Ah yes, the Tony home perms. AS a child, my hair was perfectly straight. One weekend I stayed over with my aunt and uncle. My aunt decided little girls should have curly hair, so she got a Tony perm kit. The ammonia smell was overwhelming, and she managed to burn my scalp in several places – but my hair did turn out curly.

    My mother was furious when I was returned home – she had not given permission. All those chemicals on her little girl’s hair – and those burned spots!

    I just thought I looked pretty, and I didn’t care about the pain in my scalp.


    1. Ah, those were the days, my friend. I was never subjected to this because my hair was a rat’s nest of curls, so I got the steel comb through matted locks. Lots of screaming and begging. They had not invented conditioner.

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  4. Your Tony doll looks so adorable and it reminds me of my old dolls which looked the same. That was the era before the world famous Barbie dolls came into existence. They changed the overall look and definition of plastic dolls.


    1. The “new style” of dolls also changed the definition of girlhood. Before, girls were sweet and innocent, after the goal was to look like a fashion model or a hooker. Our society reflects its image of children in the toys we give them to play with.

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