My Tammy Family

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My childhood Sindy and Tammy together.

This is a picture taken some years ago of my original childhood Sindy and Tammy dolls. As I mentioned in my Sindy page Pedigree took Ideal’s Tammy as their model for Sindy and you can certainly see the resemblance between the two of them. By the way the dresses they are wearing are the dresses that I liked them in best when I was a child. They are not Sindy or Tammy fashions but generic ones made to fit twelve inch dolls.

Background

There are books and websites devoted to Tammy and her large family so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. Most of what I know about Tammy comes from the Collector’s Guide to Tammy: The Ideal Teen: Identification & Values by Cindy Sabulis and Susan Weglewski (Jun 1997).

Tammy was first produced in 1962, a year before Sindy appeared and ceased production in 1966. The reason given was that she could not compete with the popularity of Barbie and that she was not able to change her style when the “Mod” era arrived. As Sindy continued to be successful for some years after Tammy was taken out of production perhaps it says something about the differences between British and American culture.

Ideal Tammy and her friends and family were manufactured in Japan but there were also Canadian Tammy’s as Reliable were licenced to manufacture her there.

 Tammy’s Look

I have a Reliable Tammy and it is interesting to see that they have high colour facepaint which my Tammy who was bought in England, did not have even when she was new. The Reliable Tammy’s have slightly coarser hair too. I’m not sure if this is because Reliable dolls were different from the Japanese made ones or whether those made for the British market were different than those made for the North American market. It would be interesting to know. Their skin tones are different too. My childhood Tammy has a kind golden tan while the Reliable and US Tammy’s are the more common pinkish colour. I now know that my childhood Tammy was made in Hong Kong, perhaps for the European market.

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My childhood Tammy from England
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High coloured Tammy from Reliable of Canada

My childhood Tammy and  Pepper are the original straight legged versions, later ones were made with poseable arms and legs and then there was Grown Up Tammy, an older looking doll.

My Tammy Family Dolls

Lately I have been doing a series of posts on the adventures of the Tammy family and their friends called “What’s New At The Tammy House” here are a few recent posts.

My Tammy collection is still far from complete as she is not as common as Sindy here in Australia. I have Tammy (4), Pepper(3), Mom, Dad and friends Dodi and Misty plus a few Tammy fashions. I’m not sure yet how far I want to go with the collection. With eleven dolls and all the variations it could wind up taking a lifetime to get them all!

Here are a few photos of what I have so far:

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Tammy References:

http://dollreference.com/ideal_tammy_doll.html

http://collectdolls.about.com/od/dolls1960s1970s/p/tammydolls.htm

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Tammy (Photo credit: rikusiren)
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Tammy (doll) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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  2. HI, I have my own Australian childhood Tammy/Sindy doll with a vinyl head, long brunette hair and clone body marked c ideal corp on her head, and Hong Kong on the light plastic clone type body.. I want to identify WHO she is. Do any of your references know? thank you M

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    • Hi Mary, there are a lot of Sindy/Tammy clones and some of them are fairly well known. I’m not at my main computer right now but if you have a photo you can post a link to we can see if we can work it out.

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      • Hi Mary, I’m still waiting for approval to join the group so I can see your doll. One thing that occurred to me is that she might have a genuine Tammy or Tammy family doll head on a clone body. The c Ideal Corp marking sounds correct for a genuine doll. As far as I’m aware they were never made in Hong Kong. I think most were made in Japan except for the “Reliable” Tammy’s which were made in Canada. As there were so many similar sized clone dolls coming out of Hong Kong it seems a likely explanation that she was “Frankendollied”. I’m looking forward to seeing her face to see if we can work out which Tammy head you have.

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      • HI there, its hard for me to know but I was given her from a girl next door in Kapunda, SA, when I lived there 8 years old. By frankendollied, I guess you mean her body and head came from diff dolls. Would this mean that Ideal did this? I don’t think there are enuf Sindy/Tamy type dolls in Australia to put a doll head on a fake body here, but I assume the company had some hong kong bodies and put Tammy heads on them. she looks like the MIE, first pedigree Sindy too, with small differences tho. Thank you for replying regards M   From: “Dolls, Dolls, Dolls” To: yoboist1@yahoo.com.au Sent: Saturday, 23 May 2015, 17:50 Subject: [New comment] My Tammy Family #yiv6802229577 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6802229577 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6802229577 a.yiv6802229577primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6802229577 a.yiv6802229577primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6802229577 a.yiv6802229577primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6802229577 a.yiv6802229577primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6802229577 WordPress.com Taswegian1957 commented: “Hi Mary, I’m still waiting for approval to join the group so I can see your doll. One thing that occurred to me is that she might have a genuine Tammy or Tammy family doll head on a clone body. The c Ideal Corp marking sounds correct for a genuine doll. A” | |

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      • No, Ideal would not have done this. My mother would have killed me if I had messed with my dolls in this way so I did not learn until I started collecting dolls that some kids actually did this to their own dolls. One reason could be if the original body had been damaged in some way, the heads usually went on in a similar way so it wouldn’t have been hard to swap them. I’ve read of people who said they did it just to see how it would look too. That’s why I called it Frankendolly although that is not my word. I read it on some doll collecting forum I think and quite like it as a description of mixing parts of different dolls. I grew up around Adelaide myself, from age eight anyway so although my Tammy and Sindy came from England with me I have seen clone dolls. I had a Barbie clone myself.I am pretty sure that Ideal never used HK bodies, if they had they would have still had them marked Ideal I think. I have the Tammy book so I’ll have a look in the morning just to be sure.

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    • Hi Mary, I was going back over old posts having acquired a few more Tammy family members in the past year. I discovered that my own Tammy is marked the same way as yours and although her body is a different skin tone from the other Ideal and Reliable Tammy’s I know she was the real deal because I remember getting her. I have seen photos of made in Hong Kong Pepper’s as well so now I think that perhaps they were made in HK for the European and possibly Australian markets while the made in Japan ones went to the US market. Just a theory however.

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  3. I bought a ‘Tammy’ doll from a doll show in Canada and she has a braid on top of her head, her face is rather brownish? compared to the rest of her body and says reliable made in china on her back… could this be the case of a Frankendolly? Can you tell me anything about this doll? Thanks.

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    • Hi Lorraine. I have seen photos of Tammy dolls with a braid on top of her head. I can’t recall having seen one that said made in China as well as Reliable. Reliable made Tammy under licence for Ideal but Ideal Tammy’s were made in Japan so that is a bit of a puzzle. As for the brownish appearance that’s different too unless she has just discoloured with age. Can’t rule out Frankendolly. Have you got a photo you can share? If you can send me one at sadieinoz.1957@gmail.com I would love to have a look. I could post her picture on the blog and we can see if any other collectors have any ideas too. I get a lot of Canadian doll collectors dropping by.

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