Miriam makeba doll

Friday, December 27, 2013

1950s Pedigree doll named "squinty" by NZ doll collectors

This is the example of a New Zealand unmarked Pedigree doll which was very popular in the late 1950s and   throughout the 1960s.    The NZ Collectors named it the “Pedigree squinty doll”, and some of them are very passionate about collecting them.

This type of NZ Pedigree doll has been influenced by the  German dolls made in the late 1950s. An example is  the doll named  ‘Red Heads Charlot Byi Byj’  in 1957 the doll was copyrighted and made in Germany by the W. Goebel. The Charlot Byi Byj doll  is one of the dolls that have been as influential
on the production of the NZ pedigree “squinty” dolls.

An example of how popular this doll was in NZ the illustrated cover page of the Aotea knitting pattern booklet published in Dunedin in the1960s.  In this picture we see the New Zealand Pedigree so called “squinty” doll. 

Here are 2 dolls from our museum, height 40 cm.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pearly king and queen dolls made by Almar Dolls in England in 1979

This is an example of the Almar Dolls made in England in 1979. Height 18 cm. Marked at the back: Almar Dolls Made in England.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kiwiana - The Buzzy Bee toy

The Buzzy Bee toy was first time made in New Zealand  in  1950s. When pulled along on the flat surface or on the  ground it  would rotate wings and make a clicking noise. Click on the link to watch William playing with Buzzy Bee.

Prince William and the Buzzy Bee. One Network News 1983.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Skippy the bush Kangaroo toy

Skippy toy handcrafted in NZ 1960-1970
The Australian TV series Skippy the bush Kangaroo were produced between 1966- 1968. Skippy very soon has become popular in New Zealand. Pictured toy in this blog is Skippy the bush Kangaroo, hand crafted  in New Zealand in the late 1960s -  early 1970s.
The Little Golden Book was popular in the 1970s and often found in the school libraries. Here is a page  from  one now discarded Little Golden Book  from Mangaweka school. The name  of the book is Skippy to the Rescue. This page also gives us an info on the cost of the book in the 1970s. It was  originally sold for 29 cents. Here is a stamp of the school.

 Fridge magnet

"Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the bush Kangaroo" hear the children sing. Skippy's popularity has faded in 1980s.

1950 Fontana knitting book  NZ
However, if we take a look back at the years  before Skippy the bush kangaroo was born, we can see that   "Koala" was a popular design on girls cardigan. Pictured the cover page of  the 1950 Fontana knitting book published by Paragon Art Needle craft limited  Wellington and Dunedin, New Zealand. (Also sold in Australia and South Africa).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kiwiana poodle dogs

These  2 white poodle bottle  dogs   are examples of Kiwiana poodle bottle dogs made in New Zealand in the early 1960s. Pictured the cover page of  the New Zealand weekly  newspaper published in October 1963.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Frozen Charlotte doll in her pram - also called a penny doll, pillow doll, pudding doll

This is an example of the frozen Charlotte doll. We purchased this doll with her pram. The porcelain doll is 2,5 cm   tall made before 1930s. The plastic baby pram was made approximately between  1960s – 1970s.

Here is an introduction written c. between 1940s- 1970s. Page 11 of an unknown newsletter, written by M. H.

" This very little one piece figure, sometimes known as a "pillow doll" or a "Penny doll", was Christened "Charlotte" - heroine of an ancient new Zealand ballad.

I think the most of you know the story of fair Charlotte setting out with her lover, Charles, to attend a ball, fifteen miles away. The night was stark, and her mother begged her to wrap herself up in a warm blanket. But "No, No! fair Charlotte said,  and she laughed like a Gypsy Queen. "To ride in a blanket muffled up, I never will be seen!"

After a terrible journey through the icy night, Charles speaks to his lover. But Charlotte was stiffened, and word spoke never more.
The ballad ends on a solemn note of warning -

"Now ladies, when you hear this;
 Think of that dreadful sight,
And never venture so thinly clad
 On such a winter night."

These little dolls, like our Christmas Pudding "Lucky Dolls", were leaked in a wedding cake with a thimble and a ring. When the cake was cut, the person whose slice contains the doll, might expect the new baby during the year; the ring foretold a marriage; and the thimble - that its possessor would die an old maid. They are also said to have been used in tea-cups in place of a spoon, to prevent china from cracking when boiling water was poured into it.

The "Frozen Charlotte" may vary in a size from half an inch to 18inches, and has been made in china, Parian...bisque and even metal. 

China, or china -ware as it was first called from the country of its origin, was first brought to Europe in the 16th century by the Portuguese, who named it porcelain.

Bisque is an unglazed china. Parian, a finer form of bisque, is more suitable for delicate moulding..."

2013 Ballarat Model Railway Exhibition

Last month Mary O’Neill went to Ballarat Model Railway Exhibition in Australia.

Mary O'Neill
Mary talked to club members David Barnes from Adelaide and Chris Walschots from Ballarat.

Chris Walschots
Chris has been making train model displays for 5 years. He created a display named Turtle Creek Junction (B&D MRC Inc. Junior Layout).

David Barnes with his partner Vikki created a display named Little Oaklands. “ I like train models since I was young . A little Oakland is a rural branch somewhere in the North of England”, David said.
 David Barnes
Mary said "The first  time I went to Ballarat was in 1996. This was the year when the current spelling of Ballarat was officially recognized. However, this year was the first time I visited the Ballarat Model railway exhibition. The club members use their skills in a meaningful and realistic way. They also achieved aesthetic related goals. This was a very friendly and informative meeting with club members. Thank you for the copy of your magazine".
Little Oaklands

Monday, July 22, 2013

The "Early Years" doll exhibit held at RSA on the 15th of July 2013

The "Early Years" doll exhibit held on the  15th of July 2013 - prepared for the RSA Women's Group in Napier.

(RSA - Returned Services Association).
The exhibited dolls were: "Boy from Gore (New Zealand) Composition doll, late 1800s; "Girl in Blue" NZ Pedigre doll, late 1940s; "Chrysanthem" English Rosebud doll early 1950s; "Rangitikli sailor" Nora Welings doll c. 1930s; "Friends" Cloth dolls late 1800s; "Mother and child" Cloth Kewpie dolls, c. 1940s; "Pink Lady" Pitcairn Island doll, c. 1950s and "Jane and Jenny" Musical rocking baby wind up doll 1960s - 1970s.

The Mary O'Neill Doll Museum comprehensive display of exhibits are both interactive and informative. Something interesting, every day...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A pair of cloth dolls from the late 1800s

This is an example of cloth dolls from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Both dolls stand 36 cm tall.
Dolls were initially  staffed with a wood chip now degraded in sawdust. Some  new vintage wood chip has been added to fill the gaps prior we obtained these dolls 10 years ago.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Two Kewpie cloth dolls from ca.1940s

In this photograph we have  2  Kewpie cloth dolls. The bigger kewpie to the left stand  52 cm tall. This doll needs some repair as mainly the sawn parts are getting undone.
The Kewpie doll to the right is smaller and stands  32 cm tall. Both dolls were  made in ca.1940s.
Both dolls are overall in their  original condition however the green outfit on the  bigger doll is made in ca. early 1970s. This Kewpie doll wears her original pink shoes.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Doll jewellery set and child's Scrooge McDuck 1940s broach

This is a doll jewellery set: a beaded necklace  made in the 1930s,  a bracelet made in the late 1940s and the same age pendant made in the shape of a lamb.
The child's   broach portrays the Scottish business magnate Scrooge McDuck (Uncle Scrooge) licenced by Disney in 1947. This type of  broach was popular in the 1940s. The beaded necklace is too small to be worn by child.  However a child could have worn the little lamb pendant and bracelet. The bracelet is currently  adjusted to a size of a doll hand.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Excellent Napier Art Deco festival performance; Nora Wellings HMV Rangitiki sailor doll

Mary O'Neill with pilots dressed in their Art Deco outfits. The Art Deco  flights were available at the Napier Airport during the Napier Art Deco festival in February 2012.
 Extract from interview with Mary O'Neill:
"Over the period of 25 years Napier has developed into the Art Deco capital of New Zealand.  Napier's history, architecture and annual Art Deco festivals today help define the character of our town. The festival attracted a big  number of  international visitors and it has become an enormous commercial success. At the same time this event  creates temporary jobs during the season.

HMV Rangitiki sailor doll
There are thousands of people on the streets of Napier during the festival dressed in their original outfits made especially for this event. Fashion designers attending the festival look  for inspiration and ideas. Fascination with Napier has resulted  not only  in an enormous commercial success, but also in building a tourism reputation. I am delighted with the insights of Napier Art Deco festival performance. In our doll museum the Nora Wellings sailor doll is an example of the 1930s Art Deco doll " said today  Mary  O'Neill.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sami doll made in Italy in the 1960s

This is an example of an Italian doll with  a soft, flexible plastic or vinyl body  and celluloid head made in the  1960s.  Doll marks are inscribed on the back of a  vinyl body  of this  doll. The marks  show a stork holding a baby and letters Made in Italy.  
The doll mark of a stork carrying a  baby  originated in Germany in the early 1900s, however, these 2 doll marks are  not identical. Italian stork  carrying a baby doll mark  is  different from the German stork carrying a baby doll mark created  by  celluloid doll maker Jacob Jung in  early 1912. In both cases there is  a standing stork but the baby itself is different. In the  Italian doll mark the stork is carrying a baby wrapped in a bunch, the German stork carrying a  baby. The doll  stands 15 cm tall.
The Sami people  are of the  Arctic  origin. Today  Sami live in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.   The  doll portrays  Sami girl dressed in a felt cloth with silky  scarf. The colors of Sami girl clothes are the colors of the Sami flag. The girl also wears a white scarf over her shoulders.

Friday, March 22, 2013

"Kiwiana" Dolls and Toys book

Toy chair made of clothes pegs
Mary O'Neill is writing a book called "Kiwiana" Dolls and Toys. The book will cover her research on the Mary O'Neill  Doll Museum items. It should be finalized by the end of this year.

Roddy doll made in the1960s

This is an example of the Roddy plastic doll made in England in 1960s. This doll portrays a royal guard of  Buckingham Palace wearing  a white tall beaver hat. Although this doll  is a souvenir doll it has been made as a child's toy. Doll stands  42 cm tall.
A  common problem with this type of Roddy doll is  that eyes come loose in the head.
The doll mark on the back of its neck - "Roddy" Made in England

Monday, March 18, 2013

Suzie from Blenheim - a Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

"Suzie from Blenheim"  is  a  Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s. See also  Pam Jenkins donates 1950s Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll to our museum - Suzie from Blenheim The doll outfit fabricated by Mary O'Neill. The doll stands 52 cm tall.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pam Jenkins donates 1950s Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll to our museum - Suzie from Blenheim

Pam Jenkins from Auckland donated to the museum a  Palitoy Walkie Talkie doll made in the late 1940s or early 1950s. "Suzie from Blenheim" arrived last month  to the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum.
"Her name is Suzie and my father bought her for me in Christchurch probably 1952ish, we lived in Blenheim then we moved to Picton then up to Auckland, my daughter had played with her a bit. At some time I did get a wig for her but that has gone by now. She had quite a wardrobe once as I learnt to sew I used to make clothes for her" explained Mrs. Jenkins.
We received 2 photos of Suzie taken in Pam's back yard in Blenheim " I took photos by myself on my own camera that I had bought with my pocket money one year, it was a 127 Kodak which used to print very tiny photos".    Pam also sent a little doll poncho and cap knitted by her mum, her own  notebook of patterns and 3 knitted characters - Gollywog, Noddy and Big Ears.
Her mum's name was Beryl Ricketts and she knitted the Gollywog. Noddy and Big Ears was a combined effort of Pam and her mum. Beryl did the bodies and Pam did the clothes and face.

The doll is being prepared for an exhibit.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Doll of Pope Benedict XVI

This Pope Benedict XVI doll was made by  Mary O'Neill in February 2013. The doll stands 60  cm tall. The doll outfit made out of vintage fabrics. Used old  plastic doll. Doll is  marked.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our anticipated new magazine - New Zealand Doll and Toy Chronicle

Our magazine Hawke’s Bay Doll and Toy chronicle will no longer be published. We are looking forward to publishing the first issue of our new magazine called New Zealand Doll and Toy chronicle by the end of this year. Our magazine aims to provide its readers with information on New Zealand Doll and Toy Histories. We welcome questions and stories from readers. If you would like to contribute your story please do not hesitate to contact the editor at mary_oneill @clear.net.nz
Expressions of interest are being taken for newspaper advertising at dollmuseum_nz@yahoo.com or mary_oneill @clear.net.nz

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Hanbok king and queen wedding dolls arrived to our museum

Genuine handmade Hanbok (South Korea) king and queen wedding dolls arrived yesterday  to the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum. These large dolls stand nearly 1 meter high and were made in the early 1950s. Mary O'Neill Doll Museum

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Japanese Nishi Bride doll on music box early 1950s

This is a  Japanese Nishi Geisha doll in bridal kimono with stand  and a music box. The doll is protected in its own plastic display case. The doll is dressed in silk and made in the early 1950s. The doll  stands 15 cm high. This is a wind up doll that   plays music while doll spins around. Mary O'Neill Doll Museum.

Korean Bride and Groom dolls made in the early 1960s

Korean Bride and Groom dolls made in the early 1960s. The groom doll stands 29 cm high. Mary O'Neill Doll Museum.

Korean Royal Wedding dolls made in the early 1960s

Korean king and queen wedding dolls made in the  early 1960s. The dolls stand 19 cm high. Mary O'Neill Doll Museum.

Friday, February 1, 2013

10th Wedding Anniversary

10th Wedding Anniversary  Thomas O'Neill and Mary O'Neill
The wedding took place at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Palmerson North on the 9th of February 2003.   Roman Catholic priest Father Brian Walsh was the celebrant.
There was a card in the doll museum mail this morning   addressed to Thomas. Mary wrote Mahna-Mahnam...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mounted fretsaw cut Mickey Mouse 1960s

Mounted fretsaw cut in a shape of  Mickey Mouse. This is a  plywood toy made in the 1960s. Measurements 28 cm x 15 cm.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fretsaw cut ostrich plywood toy made in New Zealand in 1930s

 Fretsaw cut ostrich plywood toy c1930s.

Oscar the Ostrich was Mickey Mouse's pet created in the 1936 comic story. Oscar was published for the first time   in the  "Oscar the Ostrich" comic story, however, he also  appears in " Oscar and Friday's Comic Clock" comic story.

This is a fretsaw cut ostrich plywood toy made in c 1930s.  Height 9,5 cm.

The saddle in  this toy refers to the 1936 comic story when  Mickey Mouse was riding his pet "Oscar the Ostrich".  Oscar was also wearing a green hat  in "Oscar and Friday's Comic Clock" comic story.