Sunday, October 19, 2008
Trip Down Memory Lane
Meet Tubsy. She was made by Ideal in 1967. Santa gave her to me Dec 1967. I was seven years old. I wanted to share the story with you........
My Brother Tony is 3 1/2 years older than me. So back in the day when we were kids he was a lot wiser than me. (you still are Tony). He knew there was not a Santa Claus. So as Christmas grew closer he decided that mom and dad must have had bought us presents and were hiding them in the house. Of course he told me to join in the search. We found Tubsy in her box on a high shelve in a closet. I remembered being so happy to find her as I had just told Mr. Jingaling that she is what I wanted for Christmas. For those of you who don't live in OH Mr. Jingaling was Santa's helper and he worked from the 4th floor of Hallie's dept store in downtown Cleveland. Anyway......I remember being happy but I also remember crying. Oh No! Santa isn't real Tony? Tony being the good brother he was quickly told me that Santa couldn't get in our house as we lived in one that didn't have any chimney so earlier in the year he visited those houses and hid presents. Of course being only 7 and not wanting to think Santa wasn't real I believed him. (thanks Tony for letting me hold on to Santa for awhile longer).
I lost my doll years ago, and I have been searching for another one for years. Tony and I use to go to toy shows together but we never could find her. Recently I started checking Ebay and found sellers who had them, but the prices were so high. One doll still in her box went for 300.00. That was out of my price range. The one in the picture I got from Ebay for 72.00 including the shipping. She's not in bad shape. I also got the sewing pattern to make some clothing for her. Spoke to my dear friend Connie this morning and told her about the doll and she right away said send me the pattern. She's going to make dolls clothes for my doll for my birthday next year. Thanks bunches in advance Connie! So my doll that I received that Christmas 1967 I named Mabel. This one's name is after my brother..... Toni
Thanks for letting me go down memory lane today!