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Yes, keep her as she is and maybe find a vintage doll dress and put her on a shelf or make her a dress. I would have loved it if I had a doll from my mother. She was a child during that time frame and lived in post war torn Europe. She had no toys. I think it is very special and if you don't want her maybe some one else would.
As you can see by my Avatar, I'm an old doll lover too.. and am SO glad that your husband retrieved yours from the trash pile! You should google UFDC (United Federation of Doll Collectors) for more information about your dolls. I've been a member for many years, and have made many friends through that organization. Also there are many reference books available, so check out your local library, Amazon, and Ebay.. Your dolls will usually have a manufacturer's name and a mold number impressed in the bisque head on the back. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you learn about your great old German dolls.
She is wonderful. The only doll I ever remember getting was when I was little. She was not even 12 inches high, had a tiny body and wet a diaper (I was 9 years old) (which was the only clothes she had) I got a doll house of tin once and skates that worked with a key to tighten onto shoes. I don't remember ever having any other toys. I had a brother and we didn't get many things growing up, as parents didn't have much money. Thanks for sharing those dolls. Glad your DH rescued it from the trash. I'd be busy hugging that doll all the time. Please hang onto it. They are all wonderful. Make new clothes if you want, but hang onto the ones you have. Thanks for sharing. Bivkry
I have a By-lo Baby that belonged to my sister. It still has the original dress. It is over 80 years old and has some broken fingers but they told me not to try to have them replaced. My real love is making cloth dolls but I don't have much time for that--too many necessary things to do.
I still have Georgia, my favorite doll (official name Burpie because when you gave her a bottle and squeezed her, she burped). She's about 60 years old and her vinyl arms and legs are pretty much rotted. Her hands are okay so I just gave her a nice new dress and put her next to the picture of her christening and she's very happy. Don't change yours, just love her. (the christening - 3 of us took turns being mother, godmother and priest for our dolls. Once our dolls were baptized we went and bought candy and that was the party; when I found my friend Georgia after 35 years I showed her the pictures and we had a good laugh)
I used to love my barbie dolls!
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