It’s fun to meet other Toni doll lovers even if it is just online. I asked Pamela Briggs about a photo she posted and she shared her childhood memories of a Toni doll that sparked her collecting later in life.
I was the youngest, so I played with my sisters’ hand-me-down dolls. I made a family of four of them. The youngest (but actually oldest) was a Toni, as my mom told me at the time. She’d belonged to my oldest sister and had a sparse blonde wig. But I thought she was the nicest of all. I liked her face, and how she could pose. The others were vinyl, and though I didn’t know it then, they were two grocery store dolls and a Miss Revlon. I still have them.
My oldest sister took the Toni back, and when I started to collect dolls I really wanted a Toni of my own. I found one with black hair and an enormous bag of clothes at a DAV charity store. As I continued to collect other kinds of dolls, I was still attracted to Tonis, so my new family grew!
It turns out we have something in common besides dolls. I was a career librarian (Ohio, Maryland, Texas) for 30 years. Pamela said, “I worked in a library for 18 years, and wish I still did!”