Right Down To The Miniature Cash Register

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miniature cash register

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$3 Spanky

A vintage ad for Spanky, a 24-inch, freckle-faced little boy doll pattern — actually, a “professional type, pull sized pattern” from Creations by Mavis. Which is good, because even in 1978, we were not sending in three whole dollars off for some amateur type pattern.

spanky doll ad 1978

“The Spotted Pony Loves His Pal”

…she’s his favorite kind of gal.
See the way he cleans the plate
Those Christmas cookies are just great!

vintage wis cooky book pony

Many of us know a certain age vividly recall images like these from their childhoods. This, and others like it, was found in one of advertising traditions of Reddy Kilowatt, the annual Christmas cookbook.

It’s Not What Ruth Says

It’s the look on her face that says volumes. Does Ruth really love these dolls? I don’t think so. …Or maybe Ruth just isn’t my friend. Another page from a 1930 Billy & Ruth catalog.

I Live Amongst Swedes, But I Didn’t Know This

I fondly recall Pippi Longstocking, but either never connected that she was Swedish or didn’t remember it… So, I was floored to find the wooden Villa Villekulla doll houses among the “typical Swedish gifts”. Adorable!