Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hello, World's Fair dolly

My mom brought me this knock-kneed fashion doll on a recent visit to Texas. She'd been reminded of my affection for weird big-eyed 1960s-era fashion dolls when I wrote this post. In a nutshell, it recounts the story of how one time when I was back in the Jersey hometown on vacation, I paid a visit to my favorite local thrift shoppe and purchased a weird big-eyed 1960s fashion doll and when I proudly showed it to my mom, she was like, duh, I donated that doll to the thrift shoppe! And I was like, duh, Mom, why? Of course I would want that! Stop donating things I want!

Anyway, the conversation went something like that—just excise all the "duhs." It's the sort of mix-up that only happens in my family. And I think this is the kind of score that only happens in NJ—I mean, I definitely don't get to scoop up adorable freaks of nature like this for a buck at garage sales in San Antonio! Especially big-eyed freaky fashion dolls that turn out to be World's Fair collectibles. This little lady is Miss New York, modeled after the hostesses at the 1964 World's Fair in NYC, which given the date and the location was no doubt the best of all World's Fairs. And she's worth a fair bit more than a dollar; not that she's for sale, nor will she be donated to any thrift shop. Of that, you can be sure.

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