|The doll in the black velour top is Walking Annette by EEGEE|
Walking Annette is a 32-inch doll by E. Goldberger. The company is also known as or referred to as EEGEE or simply EG. Several versions of Walking Annette were made circa 1970s, possibly as early as the 1960s. Later versions also exist. I own two of the 1970s versions. The first one I acquired was in played-with, nicely redressed condition upon arrival. She was for sale in a local doll shop that one of my brothers happened to stop in during the late 1990s/early 2000s to see if there were any black dolls that would interest me. There were and my first Walking Annette was one of the two or three dolls I received in a trade with the shop owner. The shop owner received from me a couple of Home Shopping Network porcelain dolls from the late 1990s/early 2000s that I no longer desired, so I thought it was a fair trade.
|I thought this pose was so precious and had to capture it in a photograph.|
Recently, I took the first and the above photograph of my first Walking Annette because she and the doll behind her (1961 Coloured Nurse Walking Doll by Reliable Toy of Canada -- yes, that is her manufacturer's given name) had fallen into what I thought was a precious pose. (Actually, someone might have bumped into them as they entered or left the doll room because they are near the entrance. The bump probably caused the pose, but I'd like to think they created it themselves.)
After taking the above two photographs, I noticed how dusty Walking Annette's black velour top had become and how "fried" her hair looked (which is the way it was upon her arrival over two decades ago). Other than brushing her "shag" hairstyle, I had done nothing more to it throughout the years.
The dusty top and fried hair led to washing her top and shampooing, conditioning, and setting her hair. I wiped off her black and white saddle oxfords as well with a warm, soapy towel. Photos of most of this are captured and captioned below.
|Walking Annette's hair was rooted by EEGEE in layers to create the 1970s popular "shag" hairstyle.|
|"Don't worry, anything will be better than the way your hair looks now," said the nurse doll to Walking Annette.|
Washing and Deep Conditioning
Setting the Hair
The Reset Hair
Back In Where She Fits In
Walking Annette was returned to her original place in the doll room, in between Patti Playpal and the walking nurse, who said to her, "I told you it would be okay. Your hair looks so pretty and your top and shoes are no longer dusty or dirty. Aren't you happy?"
NRFB Walking Annette
My second Walking Annette is shown above in a photo from page 75 of my first book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, which was published in 2003 (so the value shown was based on the 2002/2003 doll market.) My doll remains in the never-removed-from-box state. This version has a huge Afro hairstyle and was dressed in granny-style clothing, which was popular in the mid-1960s to 1970s. All this version of Walking Annette needs to complete her granny look is a pair of round gold-rimmed rose-tinted glasses, which were frequently worn with granny-style clothes in the mid-1960s to 1970s.
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