|Joy by Sylvia Natterer for Gotz, 1990s, originally had bone straight hair that hung loose.|
Joy is an 18-inch, all-vinyl, string-jointed doll with painted eyes by Sylvia Natterer for Gotz from the 1990s. Made in Germany, Joy arrived with bone straight, rooted hair with a side wisp of curls for bangs. I visualized her with multiple microbraids and made that visualization a reality shortly after she arrived during the late 1990s, having been purchased from an out-of-state doll dealer, Lane's Collectibles, I believe. I did not take before pictures of Joy's hair prior to braiding it several years ago. In the following photos of a photo from page 390 of Myla Perkins' doll reference (Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide Book II), the black and white image might offer an idea of how Joy's hair was styled originally.
Several years after Joy's arrival, I found another Natterer/for Gotz doll deeply discounted at Tuesday Morning.
|Cathy is another string-jointed, all-vinyl doll with painted eyes by Sylvia Natterer. She is from 2003 and stands 17-1/2-inches tall.|
Cathy and Joy have been display buddies since Cathy's arrival. I recently reconnected with the two after adding another similar size doll to their display shelf. It was then that I decided to free them from the shelf temporarily for photographing and sharing here.
|Cathy and Joy pose for a photo together.|
Both dolls wear their original fashions and shoes. Prior to returning them to the shelf, I replaced a couple of Joy's beads, which fell to the floor when I retrieved her. Both girls are now back on display.