Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blast from My Past or East Coast Borrowing Friday Flashback Theme

This post arrives with a nod to Smidge House, author of the ever-fascinating Friday Flashback posts. Instead of reminiscing, I've found old diary entries about dolls. Typed them and leave them here as Blasts from My Past.

If you had asked me before I found an old diary, if I were conscious of the Jem dolls back in the 1980s, I would have said, just a little bit. In my early work days, I spent more time doing social things that – alas – took money away from collecting. However, after reading one entry, I realized that I’ve been “blogging” about dolls a lot longer than I thought. That thought brought a smile to my face. Here's one bit about Hasbro's Jem.

Saturday, May 16, 1987
Kiddie City has the new Jem dolls. Rock’n Curler Jem (ugh!), Gold’n Glitter Jem (if not for the gold threads in her hair, the best looking one) and another one with pink/blonde hair that I’ve forgotten the title of. Then they’ve added new characters: Clash of the Misfits, Video, Danse, and Raya of the Holograms (the first plays the Holograms video tapes, the second plans their chorography [sic] – I like her best – and the third actually backs up the Holograms on the drums.
Alarm went off. It’s 6:41.
Back to the new dolls. Gold’n Glitter Rio is mmm-good-looking. I saw Kimber and Aja (I have the latter – need Jem, Kimber and Shana) but not Shana I’ve never seen her there. I don’t know whether I should ask or if I should check back at Kay-Bee Toys – they had her.”


Asrul "iLham" Sany said...

I awalys think that retro era is the best cause splash of colours. ;)

D7ana said...

The 1980s were fun. The 1960s were fun, too. Lots of color both decades ;-D

AilanthusAltissima said...

I think it's great you held on to your love of dolls even though you were into other things. I loved dolls as a child and I played with them long after most kids my age had stopped. I must have been 13 or 14 when I decided that I wouldn't play with dolls anymore. So, despite still loving them, I put mine away and stopped playing. In retrospect, I regret that I didn't enjoy them longer and that I didn't continue to play. I was in my early 30s when I started collecting dolls (which seemed like a grown up thing to do) and actually playing with them again. I wish I had kept up with them all through years rather than stopping. I didn't really understand the real value of play until I was older. I wish I was as wise as your were to keep up with dolls for so long.

D7ana said...

Thanks ;-D

Wise ... hmmm ... more pigheaded, LOL. Determined to do as I would. An it did no harm to any ;-D

You came back to dolls when you needed to. Now you can fully relish them.

smidge girl said...

This is awesome! I can't believe you still have your old diaries! Getting a peek back at what you were thinking is so cool. But don't leave us in suspense! Did Kiddie City ever get Shana? Did you buy her?

D7ana said...

Alas, I never did get Shana. My Jem collection included Aja, Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer. Then I added two of the Starlight Girls - Banee and Krissie that I got on eBay years later.

I didn't collect as intensely in the 1980s - I wasn't tempted by the Internet until the 1990s - and I used to "hang out" more then, LOL.