Friday, May 11, 2007
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY--VALENTINE'S DAY DOLL
Let me start with the disclaimer that I really do not collect dolls. Yet, I do have a small collection of dolls. All of these pretty dolls, for various reasons, have come to live with me and each has a special place in my heart. Today I am going to share one of the dolls in the collection. I may, at a later date, share the stories of the other dolls with you.
I have some shelves in my back hallway that until recently housed my husband’s lighthouse collection (a treasure for another time). We moved them to a curio cabinet several months ago and I decided to let the shelves be home to several small collections/treasures of mine. Here is the doll collection—
Today the spotlight is on the oldest doll. She is the oldest, but she is also the most recent addition to my little collection. In the photo above she is the doll that is sitting. She is over 50 years old and is a sweet reminder of my childhood.
MEET MARY HARTLINE!
Raise your hand if you know who Mary Hartline is. Hm-m-m-m That's what I figured. That’s OK--Please don't feel bad that you have never heard of Mary Hartline! Not many people have. If you were a little girl in the early 50s you might remember her. Mary was on a TV show called SUPER CIRCUS. My family didn't have a TV at that time. That wasn’t unusual—lots of people didn’t have them. Our neighbors did have a TV, and I sometimes watched with my friend, Judy. Even though I don’t remember a lot about it, I must have liked that program a lot.
If you clicked over to see the pictures of Mary Hartline and SUPER CIRCUS, I know you are now ROFLOL! Hey! TV was new—It’s what we had! And honestly--has it REALLY progressed that much?! If you didn't click to see the pictures, we'll give you just a second to do that--you really don't want to miss it! Just click on the underlined words in the paragraph above to see what children were watching in the early 50s.
When the Mary Dolls came out I thought I really HAD to have one. I remember asking for, and getting, her from Santa Claus—the Christmas I was five—or maybe six. (Yes, I am that old☺--but I don’t usually act it ☺ ☺).
I don’t have that original doll. I lost her, along with all my other dolls, in a family incident that is a story for another time--maybe. A few months ago my sister and I were reminiscing, on the phone, about some childhood trivia, particularly the dolls we had. Mary was one of my favorites.
My husband heard my side of this conversation. He went online—and purchased my Valentine’s Day gift! He had her delivered to our son’s house. My dil took care of Miss Mary, including wrapping her up and keeping her out of E Girl’s reach until Valentine’s Day. Then she and E Girl delivered her to our door! Was I ever surprised to see Mary after all these years!
This Mary looks just the way I remember my first Mary looking—red dress, majorette boots, blonde hair. The original doll came with a small, child-sized baton. I “twirled” that thing until I wore it out—which is hard to do to a metal stick!
Don’t you agree she is the perfect Valentine’s doll? I mean, with the heart with a line through it and red dress and all! I love having her—but I really love that Mr. L searched for her, bought her, and gave her to me! She will always have a special place--in my heart and on the doll shelf!