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!

1954 KODACOLOR Memory Captured Before It’s Totally Faded

IMG_7577IMG_7580You may have old KODACOLOR prints in your home, fading away.

I captured this one with my iPhone. Not much color left.

I’m posting this one to say Happy Birthday to my brother David.

 

I’m almost two, he’s almost 5 – in this picture of the two of us sitting on our dad’s knees in Montclair NJ.

Button Up in Green

Somehow I can’t stop myself from photographing all things green this week. Today at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, I stopped at the vintage buttons booth.

Thanks Michelle from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons from South Carolina.  I’d offer a link but she doesn’t have one. You have to catch her next year at the festival.  She started collecting when she got buttons from a friend’s grandmother and hasn’t stopped.

 

 

button up

 

1. Lit. to fasten one’s buttons. Your jacket’s open. You’d better button up. It’s cold. I’ll button up in the car.
2. Fig. to get silent and stay silent. (See also button (up) one’s lip.) Hey, button up! That’s enough out of you. I wish you would button up and stop gossiping.
See also: button, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

It is easy being green Weekly Photo Challenge

 

Lightner Museum Houses Countless Collections

The title a bit misguided because of course  each and every collection is carefully cataloged and counted.

It was just that there were so many collections.

After going through the museum you felt as if you wanted to get home and start purging stuff.  Look around and eliminate the collections in your house.

 

Lightner Museum in St. Augustine Florida had that effect on my friend  Joanne  and me.

My favorite collection was the Leonard H. Baer  Toaster Collection.

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From typewriters to Tiffany,
Otto Lightner’s collection of fine
and decorative art from the 19th century
is impressive and extensive.

The Museum’s eclectic collection
ranges from a mummy, shrunken heads,
human hair art, cigar labels, buttons,
salt and pepper shakers, to Tiffany glass,
cut glass, porcelain, fine art paintings,
furniture and sculpture all housed
throughout the four floors of
the original Alcazar Hotel.

 

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Dressing Downton    Changing Fashion for Changing Times    October 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018 

 

Yes, that’s the cafe in the old swimming pool.

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Our Dad’s Shoes

-are at my sister’s in NYC and they’re on top of our grandmother’s mirror. Nostalgia post 2

Worn such a long time ago.

 

WordPress Photo Challenge

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Roy Joseph Hendricks

Born in Farmersville, Illinois February 26,1912

 

(Different shoes in the photo)