Our Sindy Museum Blog
|Posted on May 15, 2022 at 12:25 AM|
We first published our Marx Sindy page in 2013, and almost as soon as we published it our website provider changed their building tools and messed up the formatting of our new page. It had been a huge effort to get it online and I must confess that the idea of rewriting it was just too much. So, we addressed the most serious format and layout problems, and we let the page stand.
So, you may be wondering why I have chosen a Kitchen Sink to illustrate this entry. Well in the almost immediate reformatting by the website provider, we lost the sink and we couldn't retrieve it, and it has always bugged me. I was so happy to see this Kitchen Sink, sad but true!
Although Marx Sindy was only available for a few years and despite all its faults, our page on Marx Sindy has always remained very popular.
To begin with, I didn't really understand Marx. A beautiful Sindy doll dressed in a very drab dress, yet there was gorgeous Gayle and the beautiful scenesetters? What was this all about? But then you have to remember this was an attempt to enter the North American market dominated by Barbie, and really this was all about 'Sindy's world' and in particular the scenesetters with branding that could be used for Sindy or Barbie.
Marx Sindy furniture is beautiful and and it had items and refinements we didn't have in the UK. For example I love the blue lampshade to Bedside Table whereas we still had a pink one with an aqua blue set! Marx Sindy had a 3 Level Home, a Fridge and a Washing Machine before the UK. Many of these products were later incorporated into Pedigree Sindy.
Just recently we were contacted by four different collectors who wanted to contribute to our page. Lone from Denmark with her beautiful Gayle in the heart labelled box, Louise with her armchair, Anne Marie from the USA with her photos of some hard to find items which we knew about but couldn't show, and Nicole from Canada who generously shared her childhood collection which she has owned for some 44 years. Thanks also to Starla for her partially unboxed 'Let's Go to the Beach' mailaway when she learned the Marx page was being rewritten. Thank you ladies for your help and patience whilst the page was rewritten and thank you for answering so many questions.
Continuing thanks to Suzanne, Donna and Lisa and our anonymous donors who contributed to this page first time around.
We are still missing some boxed and packet outfits which we would love to show if you have them, and we have still questions about the Mailaway 'Let's Style my Hair' and in particular did it come with a towel?
Hope you like the new page and the new gallery created to go with it.
|Posted on July 18, 2021 at 5:05 PM|
FInally, we are publishing 1981 Scenesetters.
Only taken a year or so! I have come to the conclusion that we only write stuff when we feel postive and there was not so much to be positive about with Covid this last year. Our Sindy Museum is our happy place! But here we are and another page published. 1981 Scenesetters included some great releases and part of the issue in publishing was their complexity and the need to photograph everything properly.
We are indebted to Tom Harper who designed Sindy's Country Garden and to the firm in Southend on Sea who told us about their clever Aluminium floor beams.
We sincerely hope you like our new page. As always if you spot an error or feel we should amend something, please get in touch.