Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past Y2-06

The subject of this challenge is “old things.” Traces of the past. In Paula’s words: “Make a post containing a photo (or photos) of something that comes from the past (it does not have to be a distant past).” Which is just as well, because ancient is not easy to find locally. Old is easy to find — I can just look in a mirror. Ancient is rather more rare.

I was, for a long time, a doll collector. Although I no longer actively collect, I still have several hundred dolls, mostly hard plastic strung dolls from the 1950s, but some composition dolls from the 1930s and 1940s … and some newer hard vinyl dolls from the early 1960s.


Most of my dolls are “play dolls,” though I also have some fashion dolls and historical figures that were intended for display, not play. Several of my dolls are ones with which I really played as a kid. They are a little beat up, scuffed. Most of them have been restrung, rewigged, and touched up. Some significant damage hidden by their clothing, but I did the best I could to make them pretty. They deserve it.

Considering some of they are older than me, they look good. A bit dusty, but after 60 or more years, that’s not so bad.


  1. You have a great collection of dolls. I grew up in a part of London where we had a department of the Victoria and Albert Museum specialised in childrens toys. They had a great collection of dolls from the time of Queen Victoria. I used to visit the museum at least once a week when I was a kid, it was not far from where I lived. They also had some old shoes and dresses from the times of Queen Victoria. The museum still exists and is now knows as The Museum of Childhood.


    1. As I kid, I had three dolls, all given to me on my birthday (ages 5, 6, and 7) by my mother. The rest of them were collected by me as an adult. When we were growing up, you and I, kids didn’t have a zillion toys. I got a doll each year for those three years, and after that, nothing memorable until i got a bicycle when I was 10 … and (it was a big deal for the time), a little portable radio when I was 12. Everything else was inherited from my brother … and it wasn’t a lot. My son was buried in toys (my bad) and my granddaughter got so much stuff over the years, I doubt she even knew what she had. Times have changed a lot.


  2. Wow! I remember you promised me once to show me your dolls and now you did. Is that Lincoln on the bottom shelf? You preserved them very well, Marilyn. I don’t have any dolls from my childhood, and my collection of small porcelain dolls (mine are about 10 inches tall) dates from several years ago. If you lived closer by, I would ask you permission to come and play 😀


    1. Yes, that is Lincoln. AND Washington. I used to have almost all the presidents and first ladies, but I sold them when I was trying to sell down my collection. I have a lot of other figures. I have Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. I have two different John Waynes. Jimmy Cagney. Humphrey Bogart. I wish you DID live nearby and not just because of our mutual interest in dolls!!


    1. Kids are not good doll mommies. But the point is for us to have fun with our dolls, not to keep them in collectible condition. They were PLAY dolls. I learned how to do a lot of repair and restoring when I started collecting, but dolls that were played with are usually pretty messy. That’s normal.


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