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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"G" Is For My Little Ginny...

It must be the post-Christmas days that are making me so nostalgic. Remembering long ago Christmas mornings when growing up, bring back memories of the excitement of opening a longed-for Christmas doll. So come along and may I introduce you to my favorite doll of all... Ginny was created by the Vogue Doll Company and in 2011, they celebrated their 89th year of dollmaking. Read more about the history of Ginny, who originated in the home of a Massachusetts woman (dolls made in the USA!) by going to http://www.voguedolls.com
Ginny is ready for a day on the slopes...

She arrived in her personal blue trunk -
 Inside, was a place where she could be stored, a little slide out hook for hanging her outfits, a drawer that pulled out to hold miscellaneous items, and Ginny's little suitcase, ready for world travel.
The Vogue Doll Company offered hundreds of handmade outfits to choose from and my Mom would surprise me with a special one at birthdays and Christmas time. Ginny owned party dresses, little checked shirts and jeans with a straw hat for picnics, a corduroy playsuit, riding jodhpurs and of course a jammie set complete with mirror, comb and little bedroom slippers.
 
 Ginny owns more shoes than I do!
Her travel suitcase, complete with socks, one glove (where did she lose the other one?) and unmentionables, of course.

Over the years, as I grew away from childhood, many of the other dolls in my room would be passed on to other little girls but Mom kept Ginny for me, knowing we had a special bond with each other.

Be sure to visit the other "G" postings over at Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. 

19 comments:

millefeuilles said...

Your winter header is absolutely stunning!

Happy, peaceful, and creative new year to you Pat. I am back in blogland and so happy to visit you again. Your post today is wonderful. I am a lover of dolls and all things nostalgic and so your pictures and words really made my evening.

Have a beautiful day,

Stephanie

Judie said...

Pat, this brings back so many memories! I had a Ginny doll that I simply adored! I learned to sew by making clothes for her with my grandmother's scraps and her help. My sister had one as well, but she was not as creative as I was, and was perfectly content with the clothes in the case. MY Ginny was always much better dressed!!!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I really enjoyed your post and pictures. I still have one of my childhood Ginny dolls, some of the clothes that Vogue made, and clothes that my mother sewed by hand (she didn't have a sewing machine) for Christmas one year. Over the years I've gathered friends for Ginny and set up scenes with Ginny, Ginger, Muffie, etc. Although I'm 66 now I still enjoy playing with my dolls. I have a few pictures on my blog if you'd like to look. Scroll down the sidebar and you'll see some pictures of Ginny and Chatty Cathy too.

Kathy Pease said...

Your Ginny doll memories are just precious. I gave Ginny dolls to my little girls after being introduced to them at a neighbors house. My neighbor, Nancy, had three little boys and a collection of Ginny dolls for herself. She had one for each holiday (Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, etc.) I fell in love with them and bought them for Erin and Keely so we could play dolls. My girls still have them and I'm hoping their Ginny memoroies are as fond as yours. Thanks for a trip down memory lane:)

Riet said...

gorgeous memories Great G word

EG Wow said...

What wonderful memories! I had a Ginny doll too and loved her...but so did my little sister who ruined my doll. Gee, that was a long, long time ago!

Sandy said...

I'm so happy your mom kept Ginny and all her wardrobe for you.. such a sweet memory of your childhood!
Nice post
Sandy

Pondside said...

Pat, that touched a chord in me. I never had a Ginny doll, but I had a baby doll that my mother kept dressed as well. When I was only 6 years old and preparing to move, with my parents, to another continent, my mother made me a travel wardrobe, and the same for my baby doll.
I still have her in a trunk upstairs, but she is not as pretty as your Ginny, being made of rubber, with molded rubber hair!....bit I thought she was the prettiest thing.

Teresa said...

What a wonderful nostalgic post. Your doll is very beautiful.

anitamombanita said...

Oh cute!!! Happy New Year!

Annesphamily said...

I love dolls and I own a few Ginny dolls! They are so sweet! You did a really great job showing off Ginny! Thanks for making me smile today.

Carla said...

I love her! I had a Ginny doll when I was a young girl. I remember everything about her. I also had a Revlon doll that was stunning. I still have one that my mother bought me about 15 years ago. We always went out doll shopping; my mother had a huge doll collection! Sadly my mother passed away in 2005, but I still have many of her dolls and cherish the moments we spent together looking at them.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

She does look ready to hit the slopes and take on the snow!

Emille said...

Wow, the dream of every little girl! I'm keeping my son't trophees for him till her sees the value of them!(got it out of the garbage several times)

upinthecosmos said...

How cute! Ginny has more outfits & shoes than me... LOL

Leovi said...

Yes, Ginny wonderful, very sweet.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

You have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Moving On To The Past. Thank you for all the wonderful posts that I have enjoyed and learned from. Please see my blog to pick up the award image and find the instructions on how to pay it forward. http://movingontothepast.blogspot.com/2012/01/liebster-blog-awards.html

Friko said...

I don't have a single toy from my childhood. My mum was a very tidy woman and everything went the minute I had outgrown it.

I feel very sad about it.

be*mused jan said...

I love this post! My cousin had a Ginny doll of which I was quite jealous. However, I did receive a Jill doll (Ginny's teenage sister) as a Christmas gift from a favorite aunt one year. She had a brocade dress, nylon stockings and a real mink muff. I was in heaven!
Sadly, she lost her head in a nasty fall, a clean break through her neck. That old, hard plastic was not repairable, despite various attempts and an inquiry letter to Vogue Dolls. I do have all of my other childhood dolls, but there was something special about that one. Thanks for jogging a memory!