Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What Was Your Most Interesting Doll?

When I was a little girl, my family tended to take our vacations in the Smokey Mountains. One year I bought an Upside-Down doll while on vacation . . . it was my most interesting doll! What could be better than a two-in-one doll?!!! I loved my Upside-Down doll! I looked up on line the history of Upside-Down dolls and learned the following - "Considered a controversial doll by some, the authentic Topsy-Turvy doll, features a black doll with a headscarf on one end and a white doll with an antebellum-style dress on the other end. The black doll could represent a maid, slave or servant and the white doll could represent the master's child or the mistress of the house. The original Topsy-Turvy dolls were created before the Civil War in the Southern United States on plantations where slavery was prominent. Arguments arise as to whether the dolls were made for the slave children to play with or whether they were made for the white children who lived in the plantation house. Regardless of its history, this is a very unique doll and many storybook and nursery rhyme characters have been based on it since its inception. These upside down dolls have been used to teach the differences between the characters, showing contrasts between two opposites, good or bad, rich or poor, average and prominent, innocent and evil, subservient and authoritative." I didn't understand the controversy surrounding Upside-Down dolls, I just loved having two dolls in one. When my daughter was little, I made an Upside-Down doll for her . . . I'll try to get a photo of it and post it for you.

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  1. Lynda's Topsy-Turvy doll was purchased from a craft shop in Gatlinburg, TN in the mid-sixties. I have asked about them on return trips over the years, but the answer was that no one makes them anymore. Grannyfayeanny

  2. My love for my fun barbies was unforgettable. I use to eve make clothing for them. I use to make them act out my story books. I had a great time.

    Carmen Van Deursen