Miriam makeba doll

Friday, March 22, 2013

"Kiwiana" Dolls and Toys book

Toy chair made of clothes pegs
Mary O'Neill is writing a book called "Kiwiana" Dolls and Toys. The book will cover her research on the Mary O'Neill  Doll Museum items. It should be finalized by the end of this year.


Roddy doll made in the1960s

This is an example of the Roddy plastic doll made in England in 1960s. This doll portrays a royal guard of  Buckingham Palace wearing  a white tall beaver hat. Although this doll  is a souvenir doll it has been made as a child's toy. Doll stands  42 cm tall.
A  common problem with this type of Roddy doll is  that eyes come loose in the head.
The doll mark on the back of its neck - "Roddy" Made in England

Monday, March 18, 2013

Suzie from Blenheim - a Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s.


"Suzie from Blenheim"  is  a  Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s. See also  Pam Jenkins donates 1950s Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll to our museum - Suzie from Blenheim The doll outfit fabricated by Mary O'Neill. The doll stands 52 cm tall.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pam Jenkins donates 1950s Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll to our museum - Suzie from Blenheim

Pam Jenkins from Auckland donated to the museum a  Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s. "Suzie from Blenheim" arrived last month  to the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum.
"Her name is Suzie and my father bought her for me in Christchurch probably 1952ish, we lived in Blenheim then we moved to Picton then up to Auckland, my daughter had played with her a bit. At some time I did get a wig for her but that has gone by now. She had quite a wardrobe once as I learnt to sew I used to make clothes for her" explained Mrs. Jenkins.
We received 2 photos of Suzie taken in Pam's back yard in Blenheim " I took photos by myself on my own camera that I had bought with my pocket money one year, it was a 127 Kodak which used to print very tiny photos".    Pam also sent a little doll poncho and cap knitted by her mum, her own  notebook of patterns and 3 knitted characters - Gollywog, Noddy and Big Ears.
Her mum's name was Beryl Ricketts and she knitted the Gollywog. Noddy and Big Ears was a combined effort of Pam and her mum. Beryl did the bodies and Pam did the clothes and face.

The doll is being prepared for an exhibit.