I don’t believe I’ve ever told the story of the only Little Tommy doll I ever bought. It was back in the late 1990’s and Naomi and I were just starting to collect fashion dolls. At the time there were a lot of Barbie’s and Kens that we liked being released so we were buying those as well as searching markets and second-hand shops for older ones.
We still lived in South Australia then and were only a few suburbs away from each other so we would get together more often on a weekend if neither of us was working. Anyway, to get on with the story, I had bought Doctor Ken and Patient Tommy and taken them round to Naomi to show her. I deboxed them and planned to keep Ken and give Tommy to my little niece Emma who was just old enough to have discovered Barbie. The Kelly and Friends dolls were very popular around this time with younger children so I thought she would like him. I put Tommy in my bag so that I would remember to take him home and left it on a chair while Naomi and I went off to do something else.
Some time later we returned and noticed that there were bits of pink stuff all over the floor. At first we couldn’t work out what it was although we could see it was plastic. Then I found a scrap of red and white material
“It’s Little Tommy!” I shouted.
It was, Naomi had two terrier dogs at that time and one or possibly both of them had discovered Tommy in the bag and for some reason thought that it would be fun to play with him. There was absolutely nothing left of him but tiny pieces of plastic.
We were stunned, these dogs were not puppies and they were not usually in the habit of taking things like that. If they had been I would not have left the bag where I did. We think that Stacie, the one on the right probably took him out of my bag, she was always interested in the contents of our shopping bags but that it was probably Teddy, on the left, who did the deed. Or maybe they had a tug-o-war with him.
So that’s why Emma did not get a Little Tommy doll for her birthday. I think I got her some Barbie sized furniture instead.
Naomi, of course, managed to see the funny side of it and could not stop laughing at my reaction. She still does when Little Tommy is mentioned to this day.