P is for Paper Dolls

Toni put in her letter to Santa that she wanted some Toni paper dolls for Christmas. When I was a kid, we had Betsy McCall paper dolls that our grandmother let us cut out of her McCall magazine. I never saw any Toni paper dolls though.

So, I went searching in old newspapers since I have a subscription to Newspapers.com. It’s mostly used for searching my family history, but it’s great for other vintage topics too. No luck. There were paper dolls of Boots and Her Buddies and ones for Anna Belle, but none for Toni.

Vintage paper dolls from Newspapers.com.

Some time ago, I had checked on eBay and found there is such a thing called Toni Hair-Do Cut-Out Dolls, but that was only available as a reproduction. It’s likely that my Toni won’t care if it is from 1950 or is a 2020 reprint and would be happy with this one.

A screenshot of eBay – Toni paper dolls.

Unfortunately, when I checked eBay today, I don’t see these reproductions listed by this seller anymore. Oh Oh, Toni’s going to be disappointed when Santa doesn’t bring her any Toni cut-out dolls. I know, I should have bought them when I first saw them. You would think I’d know that by now.

A is for Ads

I joined a blog challenge for December that will inspire me to write every day. The overall theme for my blog posts this month is Toni’s A to Z Christmas Countdown. Each day, Toni takes on a different activity relating to Christmas. She’s going to be a busy doll. My part of this is taking photos and writing about her activities.

Christmas 1950 - Toni Doll advertisementChristmas 1950 – Toni Doll advertisement Fri, Dec 1, 1950 – Page 5 · The Terre Haute Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) · Newspapers.com

While researching in Newspapers.com for family history news items, it occurred to me that I should check for any news items about Toni dolls. What I found were Christmas advertisements that I showed to my Toni. She found them fascinating.

I asked if she remembered getting her hair shampooed and curled like it showed in the ad. She searched her memory, but finally admitted, “that was 70 years ago, and I really don’t remember.”

I’ve seen some Toni dolls on eBay that have their original dress like the one featured in the advertisement. After hunting around online, I found one to show Toni. I thought the colors of the dress might jog her memory.

this-old-doll is the eBay seller for this Toni in her original blue-striped dress.

“Nope,” she said, “I don’t remember having a dress like that.” Since they sold Toni dolls with different outfits, it’s possible my Toni did not have this particular one.

After seeing the doll on eBay, Toni said, “I want some shoes like that.” I told her we would add it to her Christmas list to send to Santa.

Toni’s Month of Costumes

Here’s a recap in case you missed any of the costumes. We tried to come up with something different every day for October leading up to Halloween. Click the arrows to see the full slide-show of all her costumes.

Happy Halloween from Toni

Click the right or left arrow to see them all

Guest Appearances in October

Toni won’t be blogging very much in November as her human has to catch up on some genealogy research and family history blogging. You can keep up with any posts here by subscribing to get them via email or join Toni Doll’s Facebook Fan Page where you’ll also see other enthusiasts who post pictures of their dolls. Another way to not miss out on Toni’s posts is to follow her at Bloglovin’.

In December, we are sharing Toni’s Christmas Countdown on the blog. Don’t miss out as she helps decorate the house, bakes cookies, wraps presents, and other activities of the holiday season.