Vintage Thingie Thursday & Show and Tell Friday


Vintage Thingies Thursday is hosted by Lisa at Confessions of an Apron Queen.
Show & Tell Friday is Hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home.

This week I have my dad's 1st teddy bear from 1937 and my mom's first baby doll from 1939 (LOL).

My grandmother gave me my dad's teddy bear for safe keeping about 25 years ago. He always sits on the top my stuffed animal basket in my bedroom. This basket has just a few of the most favorites I have been able to salvage over the years. He wears my dad's first bib also. You can also see that it has no eyes. Grams said that when daddy was little the reflective eyes scared him so he ripped them out.

My mom gave me "her" first baby doll around the same time. It is a an old porcelain one where the eyes actually open and close. She was extremely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and had to have substantial reconstructive work, but she was one of the few things to survive at all. It was at that time that the doll maker told me this had not been my mom's 1st baby doll as it was from Germany from the end of the 19th century or so and had had other repairs which means it must have been my grandmothers and handed down to my mom.

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33 comments:

Heather said...

so precious!

Grandma Faith said...

You are so lucky to have these precious toys to treasure.

Threeundertwo said...

What absolute treasures. I'm so glad you got the doll repaired! She could probably tell some stories.

Elizabeth said...

It's great you have something of both parents. Our dog ate my dad's first teddy bear. I really like the doll's dress, and it's amazing she has stood up so well considering how old she is and everything she's been through.

Jewelgirl said...

Aren't they an adorable pair! Wonderful family keepsakes! :)

Monica said...

What a precious treasure you have! I still have my first stuffed animal and all three of my children want the worn out fella.

Monica

Ulla said...

Both toys look like they have been loved! Take good care of them, they are priceless.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

What sweet treasures...how lucky to still have them :)

Diane said...

What wonderful keepsakes! Too true that stuffed animal eyes can be scary - nice little black dots are ok with me.

Roslyn Atwood said...

Oh how sweet that you have these dear little cuddly ones after so many years. How wonderful your Mum saved them too.
Roslyn

Coloradolady said...

Wonderful that you have both of these. love the cute little teddy bear. What treasures from your family.

SandyCarlson said...

Brings back memories, Tamy. I have a German doll whose head is as beautiful and whose dress is the same style.My great-grandmother's. Ancient and lovely.

marybt said...

What great things to have! Those are really sweet. :)

Pamela said...

How nice to have such precious things that belonged to your parents!

Miri said...

Its really quite wonderful to have a 19th century porcelain doll! and one with a personal history too. The doll and Teddy look quite comfortable together :-)

Martha said...

How cool! I think it's great, and really special! :-)

Jennifer said...

How precious to have!!!

Dianne said...

You are so lucky to own these family treasures.

Carrie said...

Such sweet heirlooms!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Tamy, what precious family treasures you have! You are so lucky to have them to past down to your children.
Love, Ann

Kathy said...

So sweet! How great to have such special memorabilia from your parents.
Kathy

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh....those are heirlooms, to be sure!!!

My show n tell this week is all Thanksgiving ---come by if you can find time...won't you?

Happy weekend!

Melissa Wertz said...

Those are wonderful treasures! Thanks for sharing.

Lady Katherine said...

Oh! Just wonderful to have your parent toys. The bear and doll are such a treasure, if they were not your parents, but that makes it so special! You were blessed!

Mrs. Miles said...

I wish I had such items from my parents to remind me. What treasures. I 'm so glad you don't pack them away somewhere.

Thanks for sharing today

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What precious and wonderful treasures to have. Darn the quakes and the damage they cause. I'm so glad you were able to have "her" repaired.

Michelle said...

Awwwwww....makes me wish I had my teddy bear when I was little. I remember it was red and had a button for a nose and eyes I kept tearing out. Your doll and bear are adorable.

Carla said...

What treasures! You can tell they were loved and well cared for! Thank you for sharing these lovies!

newlyweds said...

How neat, I love the stories behind the doll and teddy bear! What special little treasures.

Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Tamy,
OH, imagine...you can hold something in your hand that your parents hugged and loved when they were little ones...how special is that?

Warm wishes Tamy,
Susie

Janet said...

I love your special treasures! I'm glad that silly Northridge quake didn't do anymore damage! I remember shaking like a leaf during that one! Good thing you saved these wonderful treasures!

Kellie said...

These are so sweet...how wonderful that you have something so dear to your parents. Thanks for sharing!

Alice said...

How precious! And, you reminded me of a bear my dad sent me from overseas in WW II for Christmas. He couldn't be home with us for the holidays, so he sent us a box from the Mediterranean. I got a little transistor radio and this awesome stuffed bear. It was about 6 inches tall, sitting, and when you moved his tail back and forth, his head turned back and forth. You could make him nod by moving the tail up and down. Wow! I have to got to go look for it! Thanks for reminding me :). I love your post today.

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