Paper Dolls Found in Downtown Pittsburgh

The other day I took a bus downtown (Senior Citizen perk= free bus pass) and went to S.W, Randall Toys Store on Smithfield Street.  I climbed to the the doll floor on three, looking for a fresh doll outfit for a 14 year old doll when I came upon a two sided display of a variety of paper dolls.

I remember cutting out paper dolls when I was young. So careful not to ruin them and cut off the little white tabs you needed to fold over to hold the clothes onto the doll. Sometimes tape was involved.

A looooong time ago.  I had no idea all these different paper dolls were available in 20I asked the sales clerk if I could photograph them and she said sure but now I’m wishing I opened them up and peeked inside and photographed the dolls and clothes.  Going to have to plan a return trip downtown.

I considered buying a book of them- many choices.  Wondered who is playing with paperdolls nowadays.

Do kids even know about paper dolls? I talked with a friend today and she said she cut out magazine fashion and made up clothes out of the magazines. I relied on the printed and dotted lines to cut around.  I can picture a little doll with a full white slip on- waiting to be dressed.  Modest!

A Tiny Golden Book and Friends from Childhood

Tiny. The weekly Photo Challenge

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Author Dorothy Kunhardt

Illustrated by Garth Williams

 

Puzzle People

imageimageimageimageMy  father bought this puzzle in 1976. He’s the one who got Mark saying Sacramento at age 2, when you’d ask him “what’s the capital of California?”

This summer Mark took his family to see ten more state capitals/ capitols.

The handcrafted wood puzzle was missing New York and Lake Ontario. For years! Missing puzzle pieces is such a bummer. I’m not sure why I waited so long to see if I could get replacements.

Wk, I just received the hand cut replacement pieces and although the wood is a bit thinner these days and the color brighter, it is wonderful to have the puzzle complete again.

Besides New York is my birth state (yes, I grew up in the Garden State- New Joisey)

Thank you Puzzle People Michael and Pat Smith of Philo, California for completing the puzzle once again,  40 years later.

 

#creativesprint Day 2

Getting unstuck in the creative department, that’s the purpose of these exercises, prompts! 

From #creativesprint Blog spot  Day 2 

“Author Hans Christian Anderson was born on this day in 1805. Make something inspired by a children’s fable or fairy tale.”

  

The Three Bears at home for breakfast with a bit of backlighting. 

I’m thinking making photography is making art. Looking forward to seeing what fellow participants are posting for day 2.


TOYS of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s Exhibit

Heinz History Center- downtown Pittsburgh 

 

A sampling of the exhibit. I went with the Retired Teachers after a luncheon at Lidia’s.

Memories of childhood in America.

 Here are a few-Erector sets and Tinker Toys. Lincoln Logs. Slinky and Etch-a-Sketch, Pac Man and Star Wars. Barbie dolls and GI Joe. Mr. Potato Head and trolls. Spirograph and Cootie.  Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers. 

Maybe you’ll recognize one of your toys from your childhood. 

  
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Filling the Claw Machine

Before Thanksgiving vacation, I was looking for the game Scattergories. It was sold out in  two places I’d looked.  (and it wasn’t in this discount store either) It’s still on my list.

When I see a Claw Machine I think of random news reports about small children getting up into them somehow.,

I asked if the Claw Machine was popular which was a dumb question cause there she was refilling it with loads of stuffed animals.  Turns out there is a lot of info about the Claw Machines and the mechanical cranes. Here is an article about The Science Behind the Claw Machine Will Enrage You at Buzzfeed

Then I looked up How to Win at the Claw Machine, not that I want to win any of the stuffed animals but wondered if there was a strategy. click- Win at a Claw Machine 

I’ve not attempted to use one……..yet.

In fact, I didn’t even know there was science or strategy behind it!

 

 

 

Different Dollhouse Occupants- Simpsons Chess Set

When I was visiting my friend Donna (with the doll collection),  I was leaving and I noticed her granddaughter’s dollhouse and the occupants.

The SIMPSONS?  They are just the right size.

Her Uncle Tony’s chess set put to use.  She’d arranged them so neatly, all in a row.

(I didn’t even know there was a Simpsons Chess Set.)

Simpsons Chess Set

Shirley Temple Still in her Box, Toodles, a Nun Doll. a Yo-Yo Doll and Other Childhood Friends

My friend Barb collects all kinds of dolls, most from her childhood,  There’s a photo of her in one of the pics, holding her doll.  She has a glass and wooden cupboard filled with her collection.  The reflection makes it tricky to get a clean shot,  I  looked up Toodles  and she is definitely a contemporary from our childhood years in the ’50’s.  What do you collect?

Shirley Temple Doll

Toodles

dolls

yo-yo doll

Their gaze isn’t always direct, but can be felt sometimes

This weekend I shared Maura’s bedroom in Ohio and Anna joined us, too. We shared some laughs.

Turns out there were more “kids” in the place than just the granddaughters.

The happy boy doll with the open mouth is Baby Michael and he is ALWAYS happy like you see him in the photograph.

If I heard right, he was a score in the Consignment Store.

The tiny baby was Anna’s first doll but she’s almost 11 and so sister Maura has taken over her care now.

baby dolls