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.
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 and Hong Kong but there were also Canadian Tammy’s as Reliable were licensed to manufacture her there.
There are noticeable differences between the Tammy’s made in Japan, Hong Kong and Canada. The Hong Kong ones that I have seen have a lighter skin tone. My childhood doll has the same body shape as her TransAtlantic sisters but her complexion is paler and her body has a golden skin tone. Naomi’s Hong Kong made Tammy has a body that looks more like a clone doll. My Japanese made dolls and Reliable Tammy has a pinker skin tone and high colour face. In the photos below you can see our two Hong Kong made dolls. Naomi’s appears to have a clone type body but her head has the correct Ideal markings. We don’t know if she was made like this. Mine has a different skin tone to most of the others but I can vouch for the fact that she has not faded. The two Hong Kong made Tammy’s also have much silkier hair than the others.
My childhood Tammy and Pepper are the original straight legged versions but there were different versions of them too. “Posin'” Tammy and Pepper had bendable limbs. “New Pepper” had a slimmer body and longer arms and “Grown Up Tammy ” and her friend Misty are older looking dolls.
Friends and Family
Here are a few other Tammy Family members and their friends. I have Tammy’s Mom and Dad and Posin’ Pete but so far I don’t have her brother Ted, or boyfriend Bud. I do have Misty and Pepper’s little friend Dodi but not Posin’ Salty. Ideal may have been running out of ideas by this time as Bud who is quite hard to find apparently looks very like Ted but with darker hair and eyebrows while Posin’ Salty is more or less a rerun of Posin’ Pete. All these dolls were only available for a short time. Misty is easier to find and came in standard and “Posin'” bodies.
My Tammy Family Dolls
Before I had to move them to a shelf I did 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.
- What’s New At The Tammy House: Are The Turners Slum Lords?
- What’s New At The Tammy House 2021
- What’s New At The Tammy House: A Dog’s Tale
- What’s New at the Tammy House – Moving Day
- What’s New at the Tammy House – New Year’s Eve
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 my Tammy family members including Naomi’s two Tammy’s.