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British Dolls of the 1960s [Hardcover]

Susan Brewer
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17 Sep 2009
Susan Brewer, the renowned doll expert and author of British Dolls of the 1950s guides us through the exciting decade of the 1960s which saw dolls bedecked in fashionable clothes by top designers, including Sally Tuffin who created the clothes for Sindy and has written the foreword for this book.The books starts with a history of dolls, showing how they have progressed over time from the Seventeenth Century when they became fashionable, through different materials including wood, wax and composite, to the heady days ofrnthe 1960s when the first rock and roll dolls were created, a time when Beatlemania was turned into highly collectable dolls, including the strange-looking squeezy doll by Rosebud (see back cover), Remco's nodders and Pelham's marionettes.rnrnSusan sets the dolls in the context of their day from the fashionable clothes and looks of the teen dolls to the influence of top models including Twiggy, major films and television series such as The Avengers, Thunderbirds and Dr Kildare. She reveals which dolls are worth collecting and why, discussing the most important dolls and manufacturers of the 1960s, such as those made by Pedigree, Chiltern Palitoy, Roddy, Rosebud, Amanda Jane and Faerie Glen. In addition to focusing on the main and smaller British doll manufacturers, Susan also addresses American dolls which were made or marketed by American companies at British factories to take advantage of the huge demand for their products, including Barbie (seen as too 'vulgar' for the British market), Flatsy, Thumbelina and Giggles. As well as advice on what to collect, Susan gives tips on the care and cleaning of 1960s dolls, including how spot cream can offer a miracle curernfor stained dolls! There is also a useful directory of doll museums and hospitals.This beautifully illustrated book is a must for doll collectors, dealers and all women who grew up in the 1960s and were lucky enough to have a special doll - which could now be worth a fortune.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844680568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844680566
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Brewer has been writing for around thirty years. For many years she wrote fiction for various women's magazines, before being asked to write about collectables and antiques. Nowadays, she particularly specialises in post-war dolls, but is interested in many other kinds of small collectables. As well as books, Susan regularly writes for magazines, including 'Best of British'. She is now writing fiction again, in addition to her magazine work and also has more than a passing interest in natural history.

Her books, mostly published by Pen and Sword, include 'Collecting Classic Girl's Toys', 'History of Girls' Comics', 'Classic Playground Games' , 'British Dolls of the 1950s', 'British Dolls of the 1960s', 'Collecting Autographs', 'Famous Character Dolls', 'Tiny Tears and First Love; A Celebration of Two Classic Baby Dolls', 'Mike's Bike'. Recently, a humorous story, 'Nelly's Knickers' was issued in paperback following its Kindle sucess. Another light-hearted novel, 'Birds, Beasts and Ben' was published in both paperback and on Kindle in May 2014. At present she is working on a booklet about Cornish Shallowpool dolls, as well as followups to both Nelly's Knickers and Birds, Beasts and Ben.

In addition to the books mentioned here she is author of a series of booklets, amongst them: 'History of the Christmas Fairy Doll', 'Doll Showcase Discovers Amanda Jane', 'Cleaning and Caring for Dolls', and 'Doll Showcase Discovers Hornby Flower Fairies'. These booklets are available to order through booksellers.

Three collections of Susan's short stories are now available on Kindle: 'Twisty Ends and Tangly Tales' 1, 2 & 3. Also on Kindle is an historical fantasy/romance entitled 'Tintagel Fantasy.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage dolls 31 Aug 2010
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This is a very informative book on British dolls throughout the 1960s. Photos to help identify your dolls. These include the larger teenage dolls popular in the early 1960's such as those made by Palitoy, Roddy, Rosebud etc. A larger section devoted to Sindy (who replaced the earlier dolls). Also a chapter on caring for and cleaning vinyl dolls such as removing pen marks etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 11 July 2010
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This is a great book for anyone who collects 60s dolls. It is very informative and helps you identify all different types of dolls. I have read it and re-read it, and cant fault it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British dolls remembered 23 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a personal selection by the author of certain key dolls of the period, as the author admits. The text covers the basics, with some interesting personal anecdotes from collectors, the author, and clothes designers. The illustrations are helpful, but only representative. Fun to read, but if you want an authoritative reference guide, go to Francis Baird's "British Teen age Dolls 1956-1984".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good general book 25 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Decent overview of Britsh dolls from the swinging 60s, including a chapter on cleaning ink etc. off dolls that had carelessly been given to younger kids. A number of lesser known dolls are included, plus of course Sindy and my UK queen Tressy who I rate 2nd to Barbie, are given a few pages apiece. Think Tressy would have been even more popular if she had been given bend legs and real lashes. Sindy, the UK copy of Tammy who was also out of proportion had (it states) early clothes designed by Tuffin and Foale, who like the more classy Mary Quant popularised the trouser suit and mini skirt. How I wished the doll looked like the gorgeous gal drawn on her box and in the June & Schoolfriend comic strip, as many of the 2nd half of the 60s outfits were fabulous. All the early Sindy outfits though used actual Tammy patterns, as they were in such a rush to compete with Barbie. Ms Foale is quite vague about the input they had, and which outfits they designed. She implies that unlike Ms Quant, they thought designing for dolls was a bit beneath them. I also did not like her crack about Barbie being vulgar. Yes, that has often been the case with Barbie for many years, but back then Barbie was sheer quality and class. Barbie did not wear mini skirts till after her UK cousin Francie had in 1966, and like Tressy they had the legs for them. Nothing worse than a doll or real girl with fat legs wearing a mini. So, a good book but in the case of Tressy, would have liked more info on the fashions available in the latter 60s when they stopped showing them in the booklets and box backs, around the time the head mould changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 29 April 2014
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A beautiful book - great pictures, high quality paper, and of course a lot of great, useful information.
The purchase itself went smoothly.
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