Our Sindy Museum Blog
|Posted on April 19, 2022 at 6:00 AM|
About 12 years ago we added a Sindy Mary Poppins page to the Museum thanks to a collector from New Zealand who sent us a photo of her doll. Well we didn't even know such a doll existed and perplexingly we couldn't find a British equivalent. Following publication, Robynne from Australia got in touch and showed us her Mary Poppins bought in Australia which really had us scratching our heads.
We wrote down everything we had found out, and our very simple Mary Poppins page basically didn't change for a decade.
Meanwhile over in Australia, Jennifer B had been researching the Australian Mary for a number of years and got in touch to tell us what she had found out and what she had documented in her Blog.
I think I have mentioned before how much I enjoy reading doll blogs and Jen's blog is brilliant. Beautiful dolls (she collects all sorts) and interesting observations and thoughts. I thoroughly recommend her blog, I love learning about other dolls and looking at great pics and Jen's blog is a real treat.
So Jen and I got chatting and I asked if she would consider a rewrite of the Museum page. To my delight she agreed!
To begin with I had to throw away all my preconceived ideas about Sindy dolls from the other side of the world. It took me a while to get my head around that. Then as Jen started writing down what she had found out and we were looking up dolls and sharing our Sindys we discovered that the very early American Horsman Mary Poppins also wore the same outfit as the New Zealand Mary!
Now we could have left it there. But, we just couldn't. So we made the fateful decision to include the Horsman Mary because of the outfit overlap. But we couldn't make sense of all the dolls we could see online. We decided what we really needed was a Horsman Mary expert. Jen asked on social media for help and the marvellous Martha from America 'stepped up to the plate'.
Well, we went from a little bit difficult to incredibly difficult. To begin with, I think both Jen and I were just bewildered by how many variations there were. I think, we had been thinking there would be an early Horsman outfit like the NZ Mary and a later one and then a later 1973 release. Oh we were so wrong. The Horsman Mary variations are fabulous and Martha diligently worked through them all and explained them to us.
Obviously, having added the American Horsman Mary, we couldn't in our hearts ignore the Canadian Reliable Mary (or as we know her, Tammy Mary Poppins), she is after all another overlap with Sindy.
A lot of people have helped with our new Mary Poppins page. Jen and Martha have been fantastic - their determination to get things right has been inspirational. Thanks also to Sandra and Michelle for sharing their mint dolls and to Kaye and Luke in Australia for their interest and observations. We thank The Strong in New York, and the Canadian Museum of History and Todd Bruhm, President of the Reliable Toy Corporation in Canada, for permitting us to use their Horsman and Reliable Mary adverts. Lastly, we thank our original NZ Sindy Mary Poppins owner and Robynne for setting the ball rolling all those years ago.
I am still perplexed why there is no British equivalent, but I am happy to look at these girls all day!