Today, a look at my favorite childhood doll, Buttercup. You’ll be happy to know that I still have her. She sits in the antique secretary in my living room, where she keeps the company of Madame Alexander dolls Heidi and Miss Germany.
I honestly don’t remember much about playing with Buttercup as a child. I assume my mom named her, as I doubt I would have come up with such a lovely name as a toddler. I don’t remember who gave her to me. I mainly recall that I must have cut all her lovely hair, as she spent many years pretty much bald.
Then one day as a teen, I learned about a place that sold doll wigs (probably from doll expert Mrs. Wintin, my kindergarten teacher). I paid a very large amount, in my teenage opinion, to buy Buttercup a wig. I thought it was beautiful. (Thanks to my mom, here’s more info on Buttercup’s “new” hair: The bill is dated June 20 1975. Buttercup’s wig is a #12 and cost $4. So apparently I wasn’t yet a teen, and also apparently $4 was a lot of money to me in those days).
Since she now looked so great, I decided she needed a new dress. I designed a dress for her that I felt had an authentic Bavarian flair. She still wears it!
How about you? Any memories of childhood dolls? Do you still have any of them?