1967 Paul Outfits and Separates

Paul’s outfits shown below were listed in “1967-1968 Tri-ang Bumper Book of Toys” catalogue as new releases. He was shown in some pictures with a new face and hairstyle. He also got his own trendy scooter 1967 Sindy Scenesetters

The new Paul had rooted hair and is colloquially known as ‘Hairy Paul’. His new hairstyle according to the catalogue was “Right up to the fashion with a super Italian cut”. It can be hard to find a hairy Paul with a good head of hair, as it can become very rough and frizzy. This Paul is marked on the back of his neck and between his shoulders as “Made in Hong Kong”.

Sadly this year was also Paul’s last. Some say it was a failure of the Paul doll itself, that he just wasn’t inspiring enough to build up a following. He was dropped when various Lines Bros. Ltd companies including Pedigree rationalised some of their production lines in anticipation of the move out of south London.

Despite his demise after only three years, his outfits were wonderfully detailed, miniature replicas of the fashions of the time and they provide an interesting snapshot of what was ‘hip’ at the time. It would have been fascinating to see how his own fashions would have evolved throughout the 70s and 80s as we are able to do with Sindy herself.

We do know that all Paul’s outfits shown below were released earlier thanks to an insert found with a Made in England ‘Sindy Set’ Style Leaflet. The insert is dated 23rd July 1966.

As we have said previously printed brochures and catalogues caught up on the next revision, and sadly for Paul it was his last appearance.

Tennis Party (Ref 13M10)

A dashing tennis outfit clearly designed to compliment Sindy’s 1966 ‘Centre Court’ outfit. The description points out that in this outfit he was all set for Wimbledon. Perhaps coincidentally, on 1 July 1967, Wimbledon was the first official colour broadcast that took place in the UK and four hours of live coverage of Wimbledon was shown on BBC2. So this outfit really did reflect the times. It consisted of white tennis shorts with a front-fly opening fastened with one white painted metal popper. A cotton airtex sports shirt with short sleeves and a collar and it fastened at the front of the neck with two white painted metal poppers. It was printed with a green Fred Perry logo. On top he could wear a zip-up collarless sports jacket, and he carried a tennis racquet in a press & three tennis balls in a container. On his feet he wore white nylon socks and a pair of white tennis shoes (his usual white sneakers).

Ship Ahoy (Ref 13M11)

Designed to compliment Sindy’s own ‘Sail Away’, Paul had his own wet weather sailing gear. His jacket and trousers were also made of the same sunshine yellow cotton-backed textured PVC as was Sindy’s ‘Sail Away’ and Patch’s ‘Sou’wester’. The collared jacket had four faux flap pockets, the two breast ones were just two strips of the same material sewn all around and the side pockets were flaps. It had four toggles, which were the same as those on Sindy’s ‘Duffle Coat’, that could be fastened together with brown thread loops. The trousers had a front-fly opening which fastened with one brass coloured metal popper.

Underneath his jacket Paul wore a navy blue and white, short-sleeved matelot styled T-shirt in a knitted cotton jersey which fastened at the back with one white painted metal popper.

Cardigan (Ref 13M56)

The garments are very similar but they are quite distinct items. This is also a collarless jacket, but it is made of woven cotton with a red and black tiny jacquard knit. The edges and cuffs of the cardigan are finished with black bias binding. It has a V-neckline and three black painted metal poppers.

Shirt (Ref 13M57)

Described as an “American-styled” casual shirt, this fashionable separate was made of cotton with a green and brown countryman’s check. It had long sleeves and a collar and it fastened at the front with four white painted metal poppers.

Blazer (Ref 13M58)

“Off for a drive with Sindy in the sports car”, here was Paul’s beautifully tailored blazer made of dark navy blue wool felt. It had a collar, long sleeves and two patch pockets. It fastened at the front with three shiny brass coloured poppers. It also had a top left-hand pocket printed with gold “P” in a shield.

Flannels (Ref 13M59)

A pair of smart grey flannels with a front-fly fastening. We have seen some of these trousers with a black painted metal popper, and some with a brass coloured metal popper. We wonder if the brass versions were originally black and the paint has just rubbed off?