Jenny’s Journey


I always love getting emails from readers commenting on our posts. Sometimes they write to ask if we can help with an ID for a doll and sometimes they give us interesting information.

This week I had an email from Christine in New Zealand who had read our post about the BND walkers Christine and Caroline.

Christine (the lady not the doll)has a huge doll collection at her home in Dunedin, New Zealand. Now I really want to go to New Zealand again, well I did anyway but I’d go just to see her collection!

I’m going to post the majority of the photos she sent me in our Readers Gallery where they will be easy to find but here is one of Jenny, her childhood BND doll with a Pedigree friend. That’s Jenny on the right. Here is Christine’s story about Jenny.

I got Jenny for my 4th birthday in April 1960. My grandmother bought her, naked, 2nd hand from a stall in Dagenham. My Mum made her some clothes that I still have as well. In August 1966 we emigrated to Auckland NZ. In 1980 I decided that Jenny needed new eyes as hers had gone a funny colour and were not opening and shutting and a new wig. Jenny’s hair had started to go as well. I was horrified when Jenny came back as her Mama box had been removed and she had an open hole in her chest. I was told it had been ” lost”. I gave her a new wig, after trimming all her straw texture hair off. Now, thanks to a chance Google search for another doll, I have come across you and your Christine, lol. So many similarities, between us, lol. I have attached a photo of my Jenny, and a Pedigree transitional doll that I bought in 2016. The years have faded away Jenny’s eyebrows. I have been collecting dolls for many years and they have a Facebook page as Dunedin Doll Museum.

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5 comments

  1. Beautiful dolls, I am told that eyes can appear glazed if there is damp behind them, roll some paper into a tube, and blow warm air from a hair dryer. Be careful of glued lashes though. ( i have not tried this method )

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  2. Jenny is obviously a survivor! She looks great with her new wig and eyes, but oh how horrifying to read that a doll hospital “lost” her voice box. A good thing they worked on dolls and not people!! I took a look at the Dunedin Doll Museum’s FB page – so many interesting photos of dolls. Thanks to Christine for sharing her collection.

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