The BIG STORY of the Day! LOOK what I Inherited! A Doll Mess...YES a MESS.
Here's the story. My very best friend Shannon, A real Irish lass from The Irish Channel in New Orleans,La. we became friends in 1956. I was in first grade, she 2nd. Her Dad was a seaman who went all over the world. Brought back dolls from everywhere. Remember all this was in the 50's and 60's. So most these dolls go back that far. Anyway my dearest friend in the world ,(my sister)cause that is what we called each other for over all these yrs.
When she got married to her hubby Butch , he then became my brother inlaw. Also these two were my daughter's Alexia'a God parents. Shannon died just a couple of yrs ago. Butch has slowly been bringing me all the dolls. Trust me they are many more and some already went to Alexia. The sad thing is the dolls, most of them are in sorry shape. Their clothes are so frayed and stained. Their faces are frayed and stained. I'm really afraid to touch them. But touch them I have been doing. Little by little, I've taken a paint brush and getting dust, rat crap, roach crap bugs and you name it, its there. All of them just wraped in yellowed newpaper. I was able to save some, Some you really just have to leave be, other than dusting as best as you can. I've repainted faces that were made of cloth.The old plastic dolls you see , had thick mold in their eyes. The eyes are ok , but not great, mold gone though...I know one is a Shirley Temple doll from the 50's, A Tinyteen doll from the 50's and I think the one with the head detattached is a little Ginny doll. All I have to do for it is attach the rubberband, I hope anyway. I cleaned all the mold from all of those.
I don't have these pictures in the order I wanted them, but I was to lazy to correct it...Sorry. Anyway the Spanish lady on the very end, next to the Spainish man, was in the worst of shape. She is made of some kind of rubber. One half of her body was melted. Her left arm all about melted away.
They had these dolls in their attic. You know how hot it gets in an attic down south. I was going to just toss her out, But something stopped me, So I thought and thought. Well I decided to..Oh wait...I forget...What remained of her face was like them apple faced dolls. All cracked and wrinkled, so was her chest, neck, and right arm. So I decided to mix this pastestuff, don't ask me what, and smooth it all over her. I put back the mangled arm behind her and camo the rest with the lace. I then mixed paint, I thought would look good on her. I started painting, drying, paint some more, till most of the cracks were filled in. When I was semi happy with the results, Then I painted her a face, such as it is, better than before. I assure you.
So now I'm stuck with these dolls. I do not collect dolls. And they are in too bad of shape to sell. Some are from Greece, Iran, Japan, Potugal, West Germany, Spain, Egypt. I do appreciate him giving me all of Shannon's things, I even have old photos of us as teens to show another time. She did not have any family , just my family and Butch. Thats sad. But I'll do my best by these dolls, Heaven help me there is more. At one time he gave me over a hundred Barbies in their boxes. I helped him sell them all. I could have kept them if I wanted, but I told him to sell them to help himself. Shannon had a massive heart attack, She was only 56. God rest her soul. She is missed. PS: This is a creepy after....As I was cleaning some of these plastic dolls. I could have sworn that they were smiling at me...No kidding. They were happy to be cleaned somewhat, even if it was with Oxy clean.
I want to thank Lynn of Lynn's Lovies for this very beautiuful award. Its called the Premio Daros Award. I love it. I always feel honored to recieve awards..Thank you Lynn!!!
Thank you all for your kindness again, for you who follow my bartending stories, I will promise you one on my next post. I will make sure its a good one, just for you...Love you ya'll
XXOO Marie Antionette