Our Sindy Museum Blog
|Posted on August 20, 2021 at 12:55 PM|
It's with great sadness that we have learned that Johnny Clarke has passed away. Johnny was very personable; unfailingly kind, great fun and with a wicked sense of humour. He was a good friend to the museum and a number of his contributions can be found filling in gaps that we had. We will always remember him with affection for climbing into his loft at very short notice (i.e. the night before) to retrieve his horsebox so that we could use it in for our main exhibit on Sindy horsies for a Toy Museum for a Day pop-up charity event in Alresford. He only meant to drop by to give us the horsebox, but stayed until he had to go to work, brushing dolly hair for the displays and chatting with visitors.
His gorgeous 'Sindyourpedigreegirlofthe60s' website was an inspiration for many of us. His dolls were always beautiful, they were immaculately dressed and he had a great eye for detail. In 2011 he took his collection to the Haslemere Museum for a summer exhibition. If you have never seen Johnny's Sindy dolls, Laurie Isherwood wrote a lovely article including many photos which you can see here
Johnny's Sindy website has gone now, but he was also passionate about Mary Quant's Daisy and the Disco Girls and those websites are still running for now.
Johnny was also renovating a dolls house, 12 Worthington Road, and this is a lovely article about him and his interest in the miniature, be it dolls or dollhouses.
Real life happens, email addresses change and you lose touch with folk. After resuming the work of the Museum last year, I had been trying to contact him without success. I wish now that I had tried harder.
Thank you Johnny for the joy you gave us with your beautiful websites; and the interest, care and friendship you showed to many.
|Posted on August 19, 2021 at 8:15 PM|
The 1982 Sindy Outfits and Separates are now online!
Finally we have completed this quite difficult year. A lot of our issues surrounded dolls that we knew of which were not shown in Trade Catalogues and issues regarding their details.
There are still dolls and outfits which we haven't included yet because we still cannot verify the year for certain:
- We still can't prove if the bunches Sindy in the T-shirt and shorts sold in a bubble pack shown on page 163 of Colette Mansell's History of Sindy is 1981 or 1982 or some other year entirely.
- We still cant be sure of what year the Funtime Sindy wearing the yellow shirt and red skirt that came with the Camping Buggy was, but we do now know the reference. To recap, there are three sets which came with a dressed Sindy doll. Funtime Sindy with Dining Table and Chairs (Ref 44891), Funtime Sindy with Camping Buggy and Tent Set (Ref 44892) and Funtime Sindy and her Country Garden (Ref 44893). If you have any thoughts, please let us know.
There are bound to be typos or errors which we will put right asap. As always if you spot anything or don't agree with what we have said, no matter how trivial it may seem, please do let us know!
Also, any Sindy variations or anything else you have noted about this year are always welcome.
You will see there is a shout out for Skaters for 1982, it would be so cool if we could show all the different Skaters because they are lovely and a lot of fun and they make us smile.
From the acknowledgments you will see this was a bit of a worldwide effort, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped.
Special thanks to Donna from the US, Patricia from the Netherlands, and Starla from the UK, who patiently considered our questions and generously provided their knowledge, observations and opinions, and generally kept the author sane! Thank you ladies.
|Posted on July 21, 2021 at 8:45 AM|
There is always a great feeling of satisfaction when we can complete a previous year with a hoped-for missing item.
A long, long time ago we asked if anyone had the beautiful McSindy outfit with the orange and blue kilt. We knew this was a big ask, it's a difficult outfit to collect anyway and NFRB (Never Removed From Box) seemed almost an impossible request. But we were given the yellow & black version and the blue & black version, so we thought we could at least ask.
Starla, who is an awesome doll collector, has now generously donated a pic of her NFRB orange and blue version to complete the trio of NFRBs McSindys that we know about.
1976 Sindy Outfits and Separates has now been updated and we remain grateful to Annet and Jacquie who provided the original two variations.
So that's another set of variations we believe we found, unless you know otherwise...
|Posted on July 20, 2021 at 11:40 AM|
Last October we substantially revised Sindy's new friends to include additional details of the boxed dolls and information on the new friends competition. Lots of you said how much you liked the additional detail, thank you!
At that time we were also able to show a new exhibit, a beautiful blonde sidepart Mitzi.
We speculated was there a red haired version? Stepping up to the plate, the lovely Karen has confirmed there is such a Mitzi and has generously added her pics to the Museum.
Thank you Karen for adding to our collective knowledge.
|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.
|Posted on October 11, 2020 at 3:45 PM|
It's been a happy weekend chatting with a couple of lovely ladies who contacted the Museum about their 1960s Sindy Friends. I don't have any of Sindy's friends, as they are not what I collect, but still it was such a great joy to look at their lovely dolls.
I had been feeling for some time that this page needed updating because I felt it would be nice to add some more detail about the dolls themselves and I wanted to include the Mitzi and Betsy competition.
The 1967-68 Sindy's Friends page has been rewritten with additional information including this competition, boxed dolls for all four friends and a truly beautiful Mitzi Sidepart.
Grateful thanks to Gill and Lesley, two angels who patiently answered all my questions and provided so many photos to help me.
|Posted on October 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM|
Back in 2011, Kathy and I took our Sindys along to a Toy Museum for a Day charity event. You can read all about it in our articles section. One of our most popular little exhibits was our Brownie camp. It was just something we pulled together using Kathy's Patches and some camping bits of mine.
Lots of Mums and Grandma's were really pleased to see the brownies and many happy stories were shared. Patch's detailed Brownie outfit is still very popular and beloved by many collectors old and new.
A few months ago, Karen kindly wrote to us to confirm that Patch's green badge indicated that she was a member of the Pixie Six.
We then asked if anyone knew what were interest badges that Patch had on her right arm?
Lucinda has now written to us to let us know that they were First Aid, Needlework and Cooking. This is what Lucinda said:
I - like Patch - was in the Pixie Six, where I eventually rose to be the Pixie Sixer - probably my greatest achievement yet. You ask on the page what other badges Patch had on her right sleeve - in case nobody else has let you know they are, from top - First Aid, Needlework and Cook. I was determined to get all these three to be like Patch.
Patch's uniform is an authentic representation of the outfits worn by Brownies at that time. It was an outfit which had remained largely unchanged since the 1930s, apart from the introduction of a gold tie in the mid 1930s and the new brown beret in 1950. Pedigree captured quite an important aspect of our 20th Century social history, faithfully reproducing a doll's outfit that most people in the 1960s would have immediately recognised and which was worn by so many little girls. In 1968 the Brownie uniform was updated and the dress and tie were redesigned.
Our 1967 Patch exhibit has now been updated
|Posted on May 10, 2020 at 1:20 PM|
It's always a joy to amend the Museum when we find out something new. We always said we didn't know everything and would be happy to amend if other collectors had something we didn't know about. Today we have revised the 1970 Sindy Weekenders (Ref 12GSS) (Boxed doll outfit). We now know she did indeed wear an elasticated red headband thanks to the lovely Karie.
We have amended 1970 to show that this Sindy came with a headband and updated 1969 to refer to this discovery also. Thank you Karie for your attention and care.
|Posted on May 2, 2020 at 10:15 AM|
The 1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates has now been added to the Museum.
It's as complete as we can get it for now. You will see that we are missing the Blue Party Time doll and we still don't know the answer to the Baby Blue lingerie set, so we have gone for the 1980 version for now. Sadly, nor can we shown the black Sindy which we believe was issued this year?
There are some possible dolls and or outfits which we haven't included yet because we cannot verify the year for certain:
- The first is the bunches Sindy in the T-shirt and shorts sold in a bubble pack shown on page 163 of Colette Mansell's History of Sindy because we can't find another reference as to its year.
- The second is the Funtime Sindy that was wearing the yellow shirt and red skirt that came with the Funtime Buggy. We know of 3 of these sets Funtime Sindy with Dining Table and Chairs (Ref 44891), Funtime Sindy and her Country Garden (Ref 44893) and Funtime Sindy with Camping Buggy and Tent Set (Ref unknown). There may be others.
|Posted on April 29, 2020 at 7:25 PM|
In 1980 Pedigree issued the pretty Baby Blue lingerie set with the reference 44073.
In 1981 Pedigree issued what looked to be exactly the same outfit but with a new reference 44082.
The allocation of a new reference keeps troubling me and I keeping coming back to the possiblility that it is related to the variation in the half slips.
When writing about 1980, we didn't know whether these differences could be explained by one being Pedigree and the other Schuco as we know this outfit was packaged under both brands, or by one being the 1980 and the other being the 1981 version. Or, were we looking at cost cutting? Or perhaps simple manufacturing differences given that the different snap-fasteners might indicate different production runs or production at two different factories. To be honest we still don't know!
But I am beginning to wonder if 1980 Ref 44073 is the longer slip and 1981 Ref 44082 is the shorter one? This is based very tentatively on the few Mint in Packets I could find on the internet. Unfortunately none of the photos are mine so I can't show them. Also, looking at photos, it's difficult to measure them accurately and some don't provide a reference.
So returning to the Pedigree catalogues, I do think there might be a difference. But, as always one can't rely wholly on the catalogue pictures because sometimes the finished garments were quite different. Looking further at this, possible different slips may be reflected in the packaging. See below 1980 packaging followed by 1981 packaging.
I am cautious to say this is correct i.e. longer slip in 1980 and shorter slip in 1981 because Sindy is wearing the wrong slippers in the 1981 picture and she is sitting down so it's not wholly reliable. So here's a shout out to anyone who have these outfits in or from MIP. Please could we kindly ask you to measure the length of your slip and tell us what reference is on the package?
Very interested in your opinions on this one.