Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Childhood Revisited

The second Saturday in June is recognized as World Doll Day.
The day was established in 1986 by Mildred Seeley
to spread the universal message 
of happiness and love around the world.
It is a celebration of caring, nurturing love.
Dolls have been a traditional tool for teaching these skills.

Although the day is an opportunity to give a doll
 to someone close to you,
World Doll Day was also intended to be a day to exhibit dolls.
In that spirit, I am showcasing
one of my dearly loved childhood dolls.

Do you remember Tiny Tears?
 Tiny Tears was one of the most popular baby dolls
 during the 1950s and early 1960s.

In this close-up photo you will notice the two holes
 on each side of the bridge of the doll's nose.
This feature allowed Tiny Tears to cry real tears.
After feeding her a bottle of water,
a gentle squeeze of her tummy would result
 in tears streaming from these openings.

My doll is dressed in a silky blue coat and bonnet.
Beneath her coat, she wears a simple pink dress.
The button hints at the original brighter dress color.
The fabric has mellowed to a soft salmon pink.

Tiny Tears will always be a special keepsake of my childhood. 
Do you still have one of your childhood dolls to cherish?

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Until next time, live and love well.

Join me this week at:
Let's Talk Vintage at Bella Rosa Antiques
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

This forum reveals random thoughts and reflections on topics of interest and events impacting the life of the founder of Doll in the Looking Glass.  Our boutique specializes in custom designed dolls that look like your child. We also design toddler and baby dolls that look real using vinyl doll components manufactured in Midland, Michigan USA by Apple Valley Doll Works.  The goal of Doll in the Looking Glass is to delight our customers with our creations.  We would love to create a special doll for you!


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Debra, what a nice surprise to see a post from you, I've been missing you. What a neat post about dolls, how cute. Your doll is in such good condition for being a played with doll.
I was hoping to see a postcard or two with dolls and toys or something. :)
Take care,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting! I love dolls too and enjoyed seeing this little cutie! Hugs, Diane

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I had a Tiny Tears as a child, and she was a definite favorite of mine. Have no idea what happened to her, or any of my dolls. :( Yours looks pristine! Thanks for the memory.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, tiny tears is so sweet and special! I wish I had some keepsakes from my childhood.
I remember my Thumbellina doll and my chatty cathy, too. She is a great treasure and just perfect for a doll maker!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Yes. I had a Tiny Tears Dolly too. The rubber body finally fell apart, but I kept her head. I hope to transform the dolly head into a mixed media doll piece using a cast-off white vintage baby shoe. I took a Mixed Media doll making class in 2008, from JoAnnA Pierotti of Moss Hill Studio blog. She taught us how to paint sweet, tiny roses across the forehead of a dolly. I hope to paint the doll's face first, with a light flesh color and then add the painted roses. I will glue the dolly head down into the vintage show and embellish with vintage laces and ribbons. And alas, JoAnna Pierotti passed away this past Spring. Please do come visit my blog and view an older post in memory of JoAnnA.
It is lovely to see a blog such as yours, devoted to vintage dolls. I need to put a link on my sidebar to your blog so other can come and enjoy your doll wisdom.
Teresa in California

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hi, Debra
Thanks for the heads up on the types of dolls you sell here on your site. I changed the info on my blog post and also on the sidebar link to your blog, to reflect what types of dolls you make to sell.
Your dolls are so very special! And I am happy to have found your blog.

RobinfromCA said...

I still have my Tiny Tears doll but she isn't in anywhere near the great shape yours is in. She definitely shows the signs of a well-loved life. Thanks for the memories!

Jeanne said...

Hi Debra, I still remember Tiny Tears. Your doll is just darling and I love her clothes. I had a doll which I shared with my sisters and she was left behind when we moved many years ago. We were supposed to get her but the people who rented our home took all the treasures we left in the attic. So sad. However, we know life goes on and that is a good thing.

Have a great week and thank you for your comment about the lovely gardens I posted.

Laura S Reading said...

Now I officially feel old. My sister and I each had a soft body doll and I can not remember their names! I can think of all the popular names, Chatty Cathy, Wetsy Betsy, Thumbellina - not one of those, and I still have her. Will she forgive me for forgetting her name?

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen a Tiny Tears doll.... but thank you for showing how she works... I will be on the lookout for vintage Tiny Tears dolls now. :)
Yours looks like you kept very good care of her. How sweet! I only have Barbies left, a hand puppet, and a Raggedy Ann doll. I have no idea what happened to my Baby Alive from the 1970's.
Thanks so much for linking up and for stopping by for "Let's Talk Vintage!"

Lady Linda said...

Just found your fun! Dolls and quilts are some of my favorite things too. Your quilt is just beautiful. I remember Tiny Tears too, however, I never owned one. You made me want to do a post on some of my childhood baby dolls. Lovely blog!

BeachGypsy said...

Yes I had chatty Cathy and baby brite!! Yes it was spelled brite. Loved them so!! First time visitor here ....surfed in through lawn tea!

BeachGypsy said...

Hi Debra! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! I am enjoying your pretty blog as well!

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