How about this for a vintage treasure? The other day I was asked to post a picture of my childhood Holly Hobbie doll. I had to dig through a couple of storage boxes but I was finally able to rustle up this little darlin’. She’s the real deal ya’ll. True vintage. A well played with doll by yours truly. Although misty clouds fog my memory I believe that I received her when I was around seven. That would make her, uh, about thirty years old. She’s aged well. Her clothes are a bit dirty and I had to wipe some of the grime off her face but overall she’s held up. Of course, she’s live the last twenty or so years of her life in a box.
Back in the seventies ol’ Holly was all the rage. I seem to recall having other little HH treasures such as plastic dishes with the HH profile on them. But those other toys are long gone now. If I could remember them at all I’m sure I could go straight to ebay and search them out. A couple of years ago I did just that with a three-story Fisher Price dollhouse I remember having. I didn’t buy it, of course, but it was fun to rediscover. I encourage you to try it sometime.
I’m not sure how Holly came about but I imagine she was the result of that TV show we all grew up with, Little House on the Prairie. Like you, I loved the show and waited anxiously for each weekly episode. I hated Nellie, wanted to be Laura, and longed to grow up to marry Albert. Friends and I would discuss the show during school the next day. Even as I got older I enjoyed watching the reruns and seeing my favorite episodes again i.e. Laura pushing Nellie down the hill. Holly was popular during this time when frontier life was all the rage. I loved my little Holly Hobbie doll and I’m so glad that I put her away in a box to keep as the treasure that she is.
What childhood toys do you have tucked away?