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 but there were also Canadian Tammy’s as Reliable were licenced to manufacture her there.
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.
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.
- 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
- What’s New At The Tammy House ?
- What’s New At The Tammy House
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: