My desire to find this doll for myself is one of the reasons I started Plush Memories. Now, thanks to a Fabulous Finder who kept sending me links to possible dolls until the right one came along – I have my baby!
My favorite dolls when I was little were two of the ugliest little life size twin babies I had ever seen. They had soft vinyl faces ( the first that I remember that felt like skin) that were all screwed up into big cries, and I loved them dearly.
I have since learned that they are called Squalling Babies, but I’ve been looking for them as the Horsman brand. Now I know mine were made by Lastic Plastic Fleischaker Co. in 1948.
I still remember finding them under the Christmas tree very early, long before my parents got up, when I was 5 years old. I snuck into the living room, and took them back to bed with me. I really didn’t understand, until I was a parent, why they were so upset that they didn’t get to see the look on my face when I first saw them. Oh, how I loved those soft little babies, and I wagged them everywhere.
We went to Florida one year, and of course they went, too. I left them on a window seat at the beach house while we were gone most of the day, and this was long before air conditioning. When we came back later that day, my beautifully ugly babies’ faces had soaked up the blue color from the vinyl window seat.
I was inconsolable, and can still get upset about that loss, after almost 60 years!
I wish I still had them, ruined blue faces and all.
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Originally posted 02/24/2006