Friday, December 18, 2015

Vicky Hoff-Forbes' Fondest Childhood Christmas Memory

Vicky (right) and her cousin, Debbie, with their Patti Playpal-type dolls, 1962

My favorite cousin Debbie was born two days before me and has always been like a sister to me. We have always shared birthdays and continue to do so as we near 60 years old. Well, imagine my excitement as a 6 year old in 1962 when I found out she and her family would be spending Christmas day with us. We had so much fun laughing, playing, and just being silly little girls. She brought her new doll over for me to see and what do you was just like my new doll with one glaring exception. Her doll had long straight hair and mine had short curly hair. Well I was not real happy about that. I was so envious of her doll and wondered why my mom didn't get the long haired doll for me. You see, I liked my doll just fine until I saw my dear cousin's doll. I laugh about it now, but back then I just could not let it go. I sure wish I still had that wonderful 36" Black Patti Playpal type companion doll, but she will forever remain in my memory.


Vicky is the President of Charm City Dolling Club of Maryland.

Thank you so much Vicky for sharing this doll-lightful story.  You and your cousin were both blessed little girls to own any version of a 1960s Black Patti Playpal-type doll.

Merry Christmas!


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  1. Such a lovely memory! When I first saw the photo, well I thought there were 4 children. I had to concentrate a bit to realise there were two girls and two Black Patti dolls.
    I love the fact that Vicky and her cousin are still very close.
    Take care!
    Side note: I want a Black Patti doll so badly ...

  2. Love your story. I guess I would have been upset also because we all liked to style the dolls hair.

  3. I agree with Debbie. I really don't remember ever seeing beautiful black dolls like these back then!

  4. Questions/comment from Betty A.:

    Debbie is there an award for the most wondrous and adorable photo of past Christmas's? Vicky's photo says it all. I am blown away by the happiness on their faces. Can anything be better than that?

  5. This is a great memory to share and seeing their smiling faces make it even better. The two black dolls are the icing on the cake!


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