Monday, December 10, 2007

What IS a Patty Play Pal doll


In 1959, Ideal Toy Corporation began issuing a beautiful series of dolls that were large enough for a small child to hold by the hand, making them the perfect playmate. Just like the original, our Patti Playpal replica is crafted of collector-quality vinyl with rooted hair, and blue eyes that open and close. She wears a similar version of the original dress, and shiny Mary Jane shoes. Patti stands a full 35".
Having a Patty-Playpal was having a doll your exact size, and she would wear your clothes and when you pulled her hand she even walked a bit. For a small child in a family of giant kids - she was a lifesaver. She had little Mary-janes on her feet and you could comb her hair. Sadly you could also cut her hair and make her look like a complete horror. Once she was trashed, she was scarily real and could be rather "chuckie" like (from that doll horror movie). But I loved mine and slowly walked her around the apartment trying to keep my little brother from trashing her. I can't remember what year I got mine in but I know that she was the walking version.
And, I promised to answer the question about a cellar and a basement. In my old house, which was built in 1795 we had a cellar. This cellar had the washer and dryer in it, but little else aside from a dirt floor, and millions of bugs and spiders. It's dark and very dank.
A basement is a fully poured concrete foundation - dry and warm and you can put ALL your crap down there and no one ever knows. What is so funny is that while I love our basement and spend alot of time down there...I was facinated by our cellar. It was poorly lit and mysterious and I always felt that there was some secret treasure waiting to be found. I never found it, but I did have some good scouting expeditions down there.

6 comments:

ksklein said...

oh.... i had always thought that one was an american expression and the other one was british.

Forever Young said...

cutey pie,we didn't have them in south africa in the 50's 'n 60's.

Michele said...

I used to want one of those dolls so much when I was a little girl. Never got one but maybe I can get one for my daughter ... and secretly play with it myself : )

Anonymous said...

I still have mine, I got her for Christmas when I was 8. I am lucky enough to have 2 pictures of us together by the tree.

She ended up under the eaves at my parents house for probably 25 years. We found her while cleaning out their house. I'll never forget my husband tucking her under his arm and getting ready to carry her I out. I pointed out that probably wasn't a good idea (she was naked at the time)

We took her to the doll hospital and while waiting were offered $200 for her. That helped when it came time to spend $75 to clean her and $75 to clean her hair (they were made before Dynele and you couldn't wash their hair)

She sits in a special chair in my living room, greeting guests...

Denise

cheryl sterner said...

I just found one at a family friends home. I took it home and DID WASH AND CONDITIONER HER HAIR. It came out beautiful. No hair loss. I cloroxed her body from head to toe and dipped hands and feet in nail polish remover to get off old stains. She is very hardy. But, got some small cracks around her shoulders when her arms were moved up and down. Be careful with that.

Patty's New Mom in NY said...

My husband just bought me a Patty; she's very similar to the one I had as a child. I'm interested in displaying her, but want to make sure she is well protected. One of her arms is pretty loose, and her legs also seemed to loosen a little when I moved them from from the standing to sitting positions. I also don't want the cat to eat her hair. Do they make display cases for these dolls? Any other suggestions?