Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black, the child star phenomenon from the 1930’s, turned 83 on Saturday. The original Shirley Temple doll, produced by Ideal Toys, was an incredible sensation. Coming in a variety of sizes and outfits (most based on Shirley’s movie outfits), the Shirley Temple doll saved Ideal Toys from the brink of disaster.

Although Ideal Toys is no longer in biz, The Danbury Mint continues to make dolls authorized by Shirley herself. One of my favorites is this reproduction of the Ideal version of “The Little Colonel.”

Produced in porcelain rather than composition as the originals were, it sure is a beauty and captures the innocence of the era.

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