Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Doll Past and Present

I received this vintage doll from my sister for Christmas this year.  There is a story to why she gave me this doll.
According to Family Legend - When I was a very little girl (probably Christmas 1950) I found a picture in the Sears Christmas catalog of a beautiful little doll.  Her name was Amosandra and I carried the catalog around and repeatedly ask for this doll for Christmas that year.  My mother wasn't too impressed with Amosandra but my Dear Daddy said that if I wanted that doll, then I should have her.  I loved her and carried her around and made clothes for her.  Here is a link to more info on Amosandra and a picture of her below.
Years later my sister (she is 11 years younger) played with the doll and considered it her own.  In 1965 our family moved to Arizona and my sister gave Amosandra to her friend Violet.  I had no idea Amosandra had been left in Ky.  Many years later, I asked my sister about Amosandra and was told she had been given away.  As my love of vintage grew, I occasionally would remind my sis that she had given away my precious Amosandra.
So when my sister saw this vintage doll at a Going Out of Business Sale at an antique store in Scottsdale, she bought the doll for me.  She said that her original clothing fell apart when she tried to wash them.  So she searched and found her the new outfit.  You should have seen my surprise when I opened the package and there was this lovely doll.  (Not Amosandra but a special doll to replace her)
Thanks Amy, you made my Christmas special as did Santa many years ago. 
 Does anyone have any idea of her name of anything about her.  She is rubber and in her youth her legs and arms were bendable.  Feels like some type of heavy wire might have been what made her bendable.  I'd appreciate any info.  Thank you.
I'm linking to Vintage Thingie Thursday here.


LV said...

What a cute doll. I remember the Sears books, but we could not afford a doll. I am not familiar with their names. Actually, I never had a doll.

Keetha Broyles said...

I remember carrying around catalog pages near Christmas time when I was a kid too.

One of the dolls for which I pined was Thumbelina.

Very sweet gift from a very sweet sister!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a precious doll and such a sweet story Pam. It was so thoughtful of your sister to find her for you.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That is the sweetest story, Pam...such a gift from the heart! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy New Year!


Oh I loved your story about your dear doll Amosandra..what a name, lol..I too had a beautiful black doll in the 50's. My dad bought me her as it was love at first sight..but mother didn't think I should get any doll for nothing; she thought it should be our b'days or C'mas, but I was dad's little girl and I got it cause I did started to cry for her. Mine was Eugenia. Never forgot her, but I don't know what happened to her. You were so lucky to get a pretty doll back from back then, all vintage, lol..Have a happy and healthy new year, hope to see you at my blog in 2013 too.

Tammy said...

How sweet of your sister to remember and to get you this sweet gift. Actually, just think of the new doll as Amosandra who has grown up just a little bit. :) Best wishes to you, Tammy

craftyles said...

WHat a wonderful story and cute doll. I think your sister did a great job!