This doll was given to me by my parents as a birthday present when I was about five or six years old. She and I were approximately the same size at the time and I totally loved dressing her and fixing her hair. I named her Kathy because I wanted her name to be close to my own name. She has and always will be one of my very favorites. She doesn’t have any of her original clothes anymore. I played with her and dressed her so much I’m sure they disintegrated some time along the way. I still have her original shoes, somewhat altered. But she doesn’t wear them anymore. They were made out of plastic and not at all attractive, so she has other shoes to wear.
Kathy now wears clothes that I made for my daughter when she was in kindergarten. As a matter of fact, my daughter and I took her to her kindergarten class one day for show and tell. It was a lot of fun to show her off and to tell the class of the doll’s history. The hardest thing was not letting all the other children play with her!
This doll was made by the Ideal Toy company in 1960 & 1961, clothing graces the cover of a book entitled Modern Collectors Dolls, Fifth Series, by Patricia R. Smith.
Kathy now stands in my room and wears my daughter’s clothes. Some day I will pass her down to my daughter and she in turn will pass her on to the next generation of doll lovers.