You remember Lolly Dolly and Cholly Dolly Dolls from Fisher Price!
It seems to me that no child born in the 1970's or early 1980's didn't receive
a baby gift of Lolly Dolly or Cholly Dolly. These cloth, washable dolls were made
by the Fisher Price company. Lolly doll was pink gingham with with a plain pink
romper with white ruffled collar. Her plain pink hat had a ruffled trim with
light orange yarn hair peeping out from under it. Her eyes were sewn on leather-like
buttons of blue and her other facial features were embroidered in floss.
Cholly Dolly was her brother - a male counterpart. Psychologists at
that time were encouraging parents to give dolls to little boys, too,
to help boy children grow up to be nurturing, caring men. I certainly
support this idea, and Fisher Price's Cholly Dolly made it easy to
pick a boy doll for an infant. Cholly was blue gingham with a plain
blue vest and white rounded collar. His face and hair were just like
Lolly's and both dolls had a little rattle inside that made them
extra fun for little babies to play with.
One of the nicest thing for mothers was that these dolls were
meant to be washed time and again. The truth is...babies just adored
chewing away on these dolls as teething toys and they did tend to
get a bit spitty! But, you could throw Cholly or Lolly into the
washing machine and dryer and they came out just like new again...and
fairly sanitary! I have a soft place in my heart for these cute
dolls, and I thought you'd like to meet them again.
Here they are again - Cholly and Lolly Dolly!
Cholly and Lolly were 12" high and they each bore a different number.
Lolly was #420 1975 and Cholly was #419 1977. Fisher Price first
manufactured these dolls in 1975, and I am lucky enough to have a photo
of a tag on an original doll here. I have been unable to find the exact
date of when Fisher Price stopped manufacturing these dolls, but I know my
youngest sister and several little cousins, born in the early 1980's had one,
so I am assuming that these first dolls for infants were available for about
a decade. It's a surprise to me that Fisher Price discontinued them, because
they were popular to the point of being almost an expected gift at any
Visitors to this site know that I'm a big fan of cloth dolls for children.
Hobbie Dolls, Raggedy
Ann Dolls, and lovely old homemade
Rag Dolls provided such tactile satisfaction for we children. Soft-bodied dolls
are meant to be hugged and made such comforting bedtime companions for little ones.
Maybe modern people have become too dependent on everything being plastic at this
point, but somehow, I think Lolly and Cholly Dolly might be well received if Fisher
Price were to re-introduce them.
Collectors' Value of Lolly Dolls and Cholly Dolls
So many of these dolls for newborns were chewed and loved to death. Yet, I see
a fair number available at auction, and recently came across one in like-new condition.
It looked as though it had never been played with or washed. Price range for
these Fisher Price baby dolls rests around the $20 - $30 range, so they are really
quite affordable if you'd like to own one again for sentimental reasons.
I hope this article has brought back some happy memories for the mothers,
aunts and grandmothers who picked up a Lolly or Cholly at the local drugstore
or toystore for a loved child...or even for a child who played with one of
these dolls a generation or two ago!