Inspired by my recent Tammy photo shoot today’s vintage paper dolls are Patty and Cathy from “The Patty Duke Show”.
This is a vintage boxed set that Naomi bought. It was made by Milton Bradley and manufactured for the Australian market by John Sands, the American boxes are more or less the same except that in the bottom left corner they say “Milton Bradley Company, Springfield Massachusetts”, a number and “Made in USA”
I think it is interesting that it says for ages 7-15. I can’t imagine many 15 year-olds of today playing with paper dolls, maybe not that many 7 year-olds either.
For those who are too young to remember (and that doesn’t include me) “The Patty Duke Show” ran from 1963-66 and was about the adventures of two American teenagers, Patty Lane and her “identical cousin” Cathy. Both parts were played by Patty Duke. Although the girls were identical they were opposites in many other ways as Cathy was conservative and demure while Patty was more outgoing and usually the one that got into scrapes.
Patty Duke was sixteen when the show premiered and apparently it was made in New York for most of its run as the laws regarding how long child actors could work in California were much stricter. I was interested to read that one of the show’s creators, trying to come up with a vehicle for Patty Duke invited her to stay with his family for a visit. During this time he noticed that she had two distinct sides to her personality. Thus the idea for the identical cousins was born. Many years later Patty Duke was diagnosed as suffering from Bipolar Disorder.
If you would like to know more about Patty Duke or about her show I have included links at the end of this post.
Back to the paper dolls. They are made from heavy card and have metal stands. The set Naomi bought looks to be all there, some clothing is still uncut. Here are the two dolls.
The clothing is almost entirely separates, skirts, pants, jackets and jumpers and as the dolls are the same shape this makes for a very versatile wardrobe.
Unfortunately I can’t show you the girls wearing their outfits because the way that the clothing is attached to the dolls is by means of a waxed stick which you would rub on the doll and then stick the clothes to them. I remember having the same with our Milton Bradley “I Wish I Were” game dolls which I must show you one day.
There is no stick with this set so I tried to stick an outfit on Patty hoping there might be a little residue left on her body. There was a bit but not enough to keep clothes on for long. They kept dropping off while I was trying to take photos so I’ll just have to show you the outfits separately.
Here is Patty in the one I did get to stick for a few minutes.
And here are their clothes.
As you can see this is rather a nice set and had I had that waxy stick I would have had a lot of fun playing with it. The downside of this method of attaching clothes to the dolls is that over time they can get rather dirty as the residue attracts dust and no advice was given about how to clean the dolls safely. Luckily Patty and Cathy are pretty clean as you can tell.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these dolls and learning a bit about a classic sixties sit com.
Patty Duke Links: