This week I’m joining in with Maggie one of the two hosts of Throwback Thursday. The topic is toys and pastimes so how could I resist that. Naomi and I love dolls, bears, and toys.
We did have a lot of toys as children. We had our own individual toys and some that we shared. I had different favourites over the years. As a young child there was James, my teddy bear and then my big baby doll Theresa and walking doll Christine. When I was a bit older mum gave me fashion dolls. I especially remember being excited to get Sindy and Patch. We also had paper dolls that we played with a lot. I’ve written a lot about our childhood dolls on our doll blog and there are photos of many of them there. Here are some of the childhood dolls that I still own. The paper doll set is a replica
We didn’t just have dolls and “girls’ toys” though. We had Lego and other types of building blocks. We had Matchbox and Husky cars. One year I had a set of Corgi vehicles in my Christmas stocking. Another favourite toy was my Triang train set. Naomi and I loved playing with that and when we had a dedicated play space, we would set up our toy farms and zoos with the train running around them and our dolls houses looking down on them as they were massively out of scale. We spent hours playing with those things.
I do remember saving up to buy toys, mum encouraged that. I’d either save up my pocket money until I had enough or take my two shillings to the shop every week to pay for the desired item. I remember a set of plastic cyclists riding metal bicycles that took my fancy and a hard plastic doll in historical costume as toys that cost ten shillings or more and had to be saved for. There was one type of toy that I did always dream of owning but never did and that was a pedal car. I did understand that it was beyond our parents’ budget and that I had a lot of other wonderful things, so I didn’t get too upset about it.
Today, both Naomi and I have many vintage toys that we bought because we used to own them or wanted to own them. My doll collection started from wanting to replace childhood favourites and buy dolls or outfits that I would have liked and didn’t have as a child. Although I had many fashion dolls which were often given to me as presents, I didn’t often get the genuine fashions as they were deemed too expensive, so I bought generic clothing with my pocket money or had home-made clothing. Naomi often complains that where I would be given a genuine name brand fashion doll like Sindy or Skipper she, as the youngest, got clone dolls except for her Penny Brite doll, so she has bought a few of her own. Sometimes we do buy replica toys especially paper dolls as the fragile nature of them means that vintage ones are rare in good condition and therefore expensive. Below are some toys that we used to own as children that Naomi has bought for her toy collection. The little washing machine belongs to me. I used to have one just like it in my dolls house. The dolls house on the left is one Naomi bought which is similar to my childhood dolls house.
Even as adults our toys have brought great pleasure to our lives, and we intend to go on collecting them.