Prior to becoming a tomboy at about nine or ten years of age, I was mad about dolls.
Baby dolls, cots, prams, Barbie and Ken dolls, Barbie townhouse, Barbie Camper vans etc etc were my prize possessions.
They were rarely left idle for to long.
They were my 'thing'.
Having Ella made me all excited as a new parent about having a girl and playing 'dolls'.
I bought this doll and that doll hoping to see the mad passion for dolls I felt as a child.
There was a little bit of interest, but nothing was ever sustained.
Ella's 'thing' ended up being puppies, kittens, or any sort of animal.
I wisely gave up on the whole doll 'thing' and started buying her animals for Xmas and birthday presents.
Happy days for Ella.
Several weeks before Christmas Ella stumbled across Amy's blog (Badskirt) and discovered her Blythe doll.
Much to my surprise it was love at first sight for Ella.
A quick note was written to Santa which was great because Santa didn't know what to get Ella at this point.
So here they are.......
Ruby and Fern Blythe
The Blythe doll was first produced in 1972 by Kenner toys.
The doll was not very popular then because of it's 'eerie' appearance.
Blythe was 'revisited' in 1997 when a photographer (Gina Garan) took photos of her original Blythe doll and eventually published a book of photos in 2002.
This gave the doll some momentum again.
Takara toys of Japan then gained the licence from Kenner toys and started producing the doll again (NeoBlythe).
(sorry about the history lesson)
This is the original 1972 Kenner Blythe TV ad.
Very 'catchy' and entertaining don't you think? LOL.
Very very 70's!