As I am always telling my blog readers…”Every Doll has a Story” and some I just love to share. Now….not every story is sparkles and fluff….but they always touch me in some way. A lovely woman sent me some pictures of a doll that once again was so loved…and sadly so broken–that when I saw the pics my heart just sank.
Denise explained that way back in 1945 she became so very ill with what she called “Double Bulbar Pneumonia” and was actually very close to death at the time. She was hospitalized and placed in an oxygen tent. Can you imagine the fear in a young child separated from family, feeling so ill and frightened? Denise’s father worked with some kind-hearted men who got together and sent her this special doll to comfort her and hopefully get her through this horrible lung infection. It is the one thing that really brought a smile to her face–and of course the one thing about the entire event that brought her a special kind of comfort. Once she was well….Denise spent many years making lovely gowns and clothing for her special doll. After many years…. love took their toll on this Effanbee Little Lady–so much so that even Denises’ brother tried to help with glue, splints and black electrical tape! Denise also repainted lips and eyebrows when they began to wear away! Their work bought this dolly a bit more time….but sadly she still needed some major help. After many years…the poor broken dolly was packed away….gone–but never quite forgotten. When Denise found her doll again she sent me a letter describing how she wrapped each piece in clean white socks for safety. Can you feel what this doll actually meant to the owner?? Now….you will see how this dolly fought her way back…much like Denise did in 1945!
After removing all the black tape, sanding all those areas and using the proper glue….she was ready to have her paint touched up. I did remove all the nail polish that Denise lovingly applied to lips…and even removed the added on eyebrows. The lips and brows were re-painted with the colors original to the doll for a softer look. A vintage mohair wig was located from the correct era too! She also sports a new sculpted finger…The only thing actually replaced on this doll was the wig!!
Denise received her beloved doll back a few weeks ago and I received an email from her….and a box of candy followed!
Dear Noreen, I actually got the doll on Tuesday and she is beautiful! Today I got you a little token of my appreciation so watch for it.You really did a great job and I told everyone about the doll. They couldn’t believe it. They actually said the before pictures were gruesome. Thank you so much for dressing her. She looks so cute! And I do love her hair! You took special care of her, you really did.
Thank you again and have God bless you.
Yours sincerely, Denise
It’s sweet memories like these that we ned to preserve!! Keep an eye out for my next blog as Jenn and I plan on a little tutorial showing some super easy fixes on Evangeline Ghastly!!
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