This is my old doll trunk from WAY WAY WAY back in the day. I obviously went through a "M*A*S*H" obsession, and made my trunk out to be like the tent of Hawkeye, Trapper and BJ.
The dolls I played with in this time of my life were Velvet and Chrissy. Do you remember them? They were the ones who had adjustable hair. You could make it long or short with a simple twist of a button that was attached to their back. (ouch!) I also had a Shirley Temple doll who was about the same proportions as the other two, just a tad bit fluffier.
I opened the trunk and it was an immediate catapult back to my youth. My grandmother made all these clothes. She used material that she had used to make smock tops for me. Most of the pants are bell bottoms. (still my favorite today!) One year, when the Missouri Tiger football team went to the Sun Bowl, she made an outfit for me and my doll that matched. Here's the doll's:
I'm sure I never thanked my grandmother properly for making all these outfits. I look at these now and am amazed that she did all this for me. It must have taken her so much time to sew these.
I'm guessing my love of polka dots started with this little number.
I love the moving company sticker that is still affixed to the trunk.
My grandmother has been dead for almost twenty years now; probably as long as the last time I looked inside this trunk. What a sweet little reunion I had with my dolls and with Grandma last night. Grandma J, thank you so much for all the love you gave me and all the time you spent with me when I was growing up. And, thanks for helping me have the best dressed dolls in town.