One of my favorite baby dolls was Ideal's Baby Crissy.
The best part about Baby Crissy was that you could make her hair long just by pulling her ponytail out, and then you could shorten it just by pulling a string on her back. And she was such a big doll, you could dress her in real baby clothes!
Not to be outdone, Mattel came out with 'Growing Up Skipper' a few years later. Skipper was a young teen doll, whose arm you could turn to make her grow taller and (gasp!) make her grow a chest!
The weirdest of the 1970's dolls, though, had to be Lazy Dazy by Ideal, maker of Baby Crissy. She slowly fell over and fell asleep!
Jennifer Mazur, Ann Arbor, MI Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement
Jennifer Mazur was born with just a few weeks left in 1969 and is truly a child of the Seventies. In 1970, she received a brand-new Fisher-Price "Corn Popper" from Santa Claus. Sometime later in the Seventies, she fell on it and her head made a permanent dent in the clear plastic dome.
In 1971, Jennifer received a Raggedy Ann doll and a Raggedy Ann quilt: the first two acquisitions in an ever-expanding assortment of Raggedy Ann and Andy items. Eventually the collection would grow to include a lunchbox, a set of Colorforms, a talking alarm clock, and an electric toothbrush.
In 1972, she welcomed her younger brother, David (known as "Davi" for a few years) into the family, and celebrated her birthday with a Minnie Mouse cake and a Raggedy Ann dress (of course!)
In 1973, Jennifer got a Marx Sport Wheel and a set of plastic Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh and Poppie Fresh dolls for Christmas.
In 1974, she wore a shiny pink Cinderella costume for Halloween (the kind with the flimsy plastic mask, which she was afraid to wear) and started school. Her favorite songs that year were Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" & Don McLean's "American Pie."
In 1975, the school picture you see here was taken. Jennifer also entered a contest to design a Bicentennial logo for a souvenir Frisbee at Clark Elementary School. She lost.
In 1976, she and David posed for Halloween pictures in their living room. David dressed as George Washington, and the living room, wanting to get in on the action, dressed as a 1976 Bicentennial Celebration Museum.
In 1977, Jennifer flew on an airplane and visited Walt Disney World in Florida. It was cloudy and cold, but when has that ever stopped a seven-year old from enjoying the hotel pool with her brother and cousins?