Sunday, December 28, 2008

Round Robin--Favorite Toy

I recently joined the Round Robin Photo Challenge and today I am posting the results of my first challenge. The challenge was for a "favorite toy", with instructions for it to be about a real toy originally meant for children. I decided to show you a few that are stationed in my living room throughout the year.
The first is one of my very favorites-my grandmother's baby doll, who was passed down to me a number of years ago.As a child, I remember loving to hold her because she was about the size of a real baby. My grandmother told me (and included a handwritten note when she gave her to me) that "this doll was brought over on the last boat from Germany before World War I". She is a beautiful doll dressed in a vintage dress, and I later learned she is considered fairly valuable to doll collectors. She has such a pretty face; with painted on eyelashes. While her eyes open and shut, the most unique thing about her is her tongue--it actually wiggles. To this day, when I pick her up, I find myself holding her to my shoulder just like a real baby!The other two toys shown are from my dad's childhood. He is now 81 years old, but he remembers these as being his very favorite toys as a little boy. The duck is musical; if you press his tummy he plays music. Only recently, my daughter realized that the song that plays is a Bach Minuet that she learned in violin lessons. It is barely recognizable because only a portion of it plays each time you squeeze, but once she mentioned it, it became noticeable to me, too.
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Jama said...

That's such a lovely doll! with so much history behind it.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Wow, these are amazing! How wonderful to have toys that old. I especially love the doll, and your photos really do it justice. Welcome to the Robins!

splummer said...

Your Grandmother's doll is beautiful!!! Love the teddy bear and duck! So adorable! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great New Year!!


MariesImages said...

What a treasured toy!
It's beautiful!

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