WALDA: a Story of a "Doll of china,with body of cloth,wearing western dress"





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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2010

brief history of a cheaply made porcelain doll in the late 70's, sold through magazine ads across the country and how she spawned countless generic porcelain dolls we see now-a-days in stores or ads. She never had a name and could only be recognized by her brown print dress,blond rooted wig cap,crocheted raffia bonnet and ceramic molded black mary jane shoes.

I have collected these dolls for years till one day she makes a splash on ebay's doll discussion board years back and a frequent boardie affectionately names her "WALDA" as she is like "where's Waldo?" as she is seen almost everywhere from Antique stores,Doll shows, and even thrift stores or flea markets and 99.9% of the time sold as a "antique" doll, which she is not. She has also been popping up in ebay sales as a "haunted" doll...poor girl.

She virtually has no value as TONS were made, she only has sentimental value to some, to those who know her on the ebay doll message board and to me as I grew up with my own set of these dolls, I used to only refer to her as "that doll in the brown dress" lol

This clip is mainly to 1. educate novice doll collectors or dealers and 2. Entertain those who know about our poor beloved Walda.

I want to thank the doll people on the ebay doll board for inspiring me to put this together ,Nurse_Edna for naming our Walda, and Doll Links for helping me find some original ADs of Walda.


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