|I was forced to move these doll boxes from their normal front-corner-of-the-room location. The two Wannabee dolls have been moved from their prior location and are now blocking the doorway. The other dolls on the right also had to be moved.|
My usual Monday through Saturday breakfast is a bowl of Cheerios with lactose-free milk. The sugar and sodium content in Cheerios is low and I like the taste, which is why it is my chosen cereal staple. On Sundays we eat a cooked breakfast, taking turns preparing it. I dread my Sundays because that means I am forced to get out of bed and "make noise with some pots and pans" to prepare it. I'd rather sleep in and have breakfast in bed prepared by my husband.
Last Friday, after preparing my quick weekday breakfast and a half cup of coffee (having recently reduced my caffeine intake in an effort to slowly wean myself from it), with my cereal bowl in one hand and coffee cup in another, I stepped down into the dark doll room/office. Using the hand that held the cereal bowl and spoon, I attempted to turn on the light. The plan was to begin my work day. That plan was delayed by several minutes caused by a cereal-and-milk-filled spoon that flipped after bumping the wall. Some of the cereal landed on top of boxed dolls that line the wall below the light switch. I had to stop and clean up the mess.
|Several doll boxes (most have been removed in this photo) had lined the wall from the floor to just underneath the light switch (which is not visible in this photo).|
There were only a few pieces of Cheerios visible on one or two of the boxes on top of the stack, but I wanted to make certain none had fallen behind the boxes. This forced me to remove several standing dolls and doll boxes. That is when I found her box.
|The box that contained my missing in action (MIA) Giggles by Ideal was one of the ones on the bottom of the previously stacked dolls in boxes. Her box happened to be in the corner and was hidden by other boxes that were on top and in front of it.|
Before finding her, I knew Giggles was either in the doll room or in a closet where a few other dolls are stored. Exactly where she was had been a mystery for a few years until the spilled milk and Cheerios led me to her.
|Giggles by Ideal has a box date of 1968.|
My doll was featured in Judy Izen's Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls Identification & Value Guide 2nd edition (Collector Books 1998). Later, I included her in my first book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, 2003), as illustrated below:
As described in my book, "Doll's head and eyes move from side to side when her arms are outstretched and brought together or separated, which causes her to giggle." Standing 18 inches, she has a soft vinyl face, rigid vinyl body and brown rooted hair. Her eyes move from side to side along with her head movement.
|Giggles illustrates the length of her hair.|
Her neon colored top and shorts have orange, yellow, pink, and green stripes of varying heights (top) and widths (shorts). The year Giggles was released, 1968, I owned a blouse made from the exact same fabric as the doll's clothes. See me wearing that top below in the next faded photo. The little one with me is my sister.
|My sister and I, circa 1968, are in our "groovy" colored bedroom. She is seated on a bright orange ottoman that matches the orange in our matching bedspreads. Her bed is on the other side of the room. We were 6 and 12, respectively.|
Based on her appearance in two published works, my Giggles is a popular little girl who went missing in action for about five years, which is the last time the doll room was given a thorough overhaul. Her previous owner jotted, "Art's Toy Fair Gardena, Calif. 10/10/68" on her instruction booklet, presumably the date of her original purchase.
|Giggles' instructions booklet -- excuse the poor lighting.|
I am happy Giggles and I have reconnected.
After cleaning out the corner where she had been stored and returning some of the dolls to their respective locations, the decision has been made to sell a few. Will Giggles be one of them?
Because of the obvious answer to the question at the top of her box, Who makes little girls giggle? Giggles will not be one of the dolls seeking a new home. I placed her back in the same corner, surrounded by other doll boxes. However, her location has now been documented on the "Where they are" sheet of my doll inventory spreadsheet. This ordeal coupled with the spreadsheet entry should help me remember her location.