This week’s vintage visitors are Naomi’s Tressy dolls. She actually has three of them but one has been living with me for quite some time. As I’ve mentioned previously my own Tressy, given to me as a child, is unmarked but almost certainly a first issue Palitoy doll. I have read that the very first Palitoy Tressy’s sold in England were imported directly from American Character and still had the AC marking on the back of the neck. The rest of the first issue dolls like mine were unmarked. This is Naomi’s platinum blonde Tressy.
fPlatinum Tressy in home-made vintage floral skirt and untagged yellow top.
American Character licensed several other companies to produce Tressy. Regal in Canada, Schildkrot in Germany and Bella in France. I have included some links at the end of this post which will give more information about these. In this post I’ll mainly talk about Palitoy Tressy.
Two more Tressy’s were in the vintage doll box and I was keen to have a good look at them.
When I did I found that both had a faint mark on the back of the neck with tiny writing which I could not read even with a magnifying glass. Although these two don’t seem to have such high colouring as the others this might be because the Palitoy Tressy’s were made with different vinyl to the American Character ones and some of them were susceptible to fading over time. Of course all of these dolls are now over fifty years old too.
I think that Naomi bought her Tressy’s locally and although I’m not sure whether a lot of Tressy’s were sold in Australia I expect that they would have come from Palitoy rather than American Character and that a lot of Tressy’s probably emigrated with their young owners like mine did.
Palitoy issued Tressy with three hair colours. Brunette Tressy was generally found wearing a pink jersey shift dress with a roll neck a gold chain belt, honey blonde Tressy had the same dress in turquoise and platinum Tressy had lemon yellow. I distinctly remember my Tressy’s yellow dress which I liked although I spent a lot of time trying to darken her “white” hair with food colouring. It doesn’t look as white to me now as it did then but I don’t think my efforts to turn her into something more interesting had a lot of effect.
Naomi’s Tressy’s are wearing some very nice vintage evening wear which was in the box of vintage dolls clothes she bought. Eventually I’ll try to bring all these great home-made outfits together in a post because they are really well made. Somebody’s mother or grandmother or maybe even the former owner went to a lot of trouble to make these outfits.
The two girls are now going to visit the other Tressy’s in their new penthouse apartment where they will stay for a few weeks before being packed up again.