As a child Naomi loved her Tearie Dearie doll. She has two now, bought to replace the original doll. The first one Naomi bought was not quite the same so when she saw another one who was exactly like her childhood doll she bought her as well.
Tearie Dearie is a drink and wet doll and I think that Ideal released her in 1964. Naomi got her Tearie Dearie in Australia around 1967. I am not sure if Tearie Dearie was a replacement for Ideal’s popular drink and wet doll Betsy Wetsy or if they were sold concurrently. Here is an old ad that I found on Pinterest. I did not know that she had extra outfits or the little chest of drawers. I doubt they were sold here. We don’t have the little bottles but we can probably find them one each.
Tearie Dearie’s carrying case was quite a clever idea. As well as storing the doll it could be used as a cradle with or without legs, or, by putting the perspex lid inside it became a bathtub. Lots of play value for little girls.
As far as I am aware Tearie Dearie was only made in one hair colour which I’d call a strawberry blonde. The dolls are just nine inches tall and have sleep eyes and a nurser mouth. ( I just learned that term so I wanted to stick it in there).
They are marked on their backs with the Ideal logo and ” c1964 Ideal Toy Corp Made in Hong Kong”. Such a lot of writing for such a little doll.
Both of these dolls are in very good condition and out of their dresses they are hard to tell apart. Miss Yellow Dress has slightly darker eyebrows and a small discoloured patch on her face. Miss Red Dress has very slight fading to her eyebrows and lashes. They were a bit dusty from storage and Miss Red Dress had a few marks on her body so I gave them a quick bath, washed their hair and washed their little dresses. That’s all they needed.
In case you were wondering, Naomi’s original Tearie Dearie wore the red and white sundress, but the other one is very nice too.