Friday, January 17, 2014

Sindy's Belated 50th Birthday: Remember Her Marx Tub?

September 6, 2013, Sindy celebrated her 50th anniversary. I am contributing to that celebration a few months later.

The site Our Sindy Museum notified collectors worldwide about this occasion. While Sindy was never as omnipresent for me as Barbie was - I avidly sought Sindy furniture in the late 1970s. Avidly. For my Baggie Francie and my Kate Jackson dolls. This was the Marx Sindy furniture - remember I am American - and it was far better than the modular pink and blue stuff Mattel was producing for Barbie. Two points: first, the pieces resembled actually resembled furniture and second, the colors were realistic. Result: I HAD to have them. 

I still have the Sindy Bathtub stock #1240. It is a rectangular aqua blue bathtub roughly 12.75 inches long by 4.5 inches wide. The top has turned a slightly greenish-blue color, but you can see the original aqua color on the outside. No, Old Joe and all my military guys did not wash their dirtiest fatigues in the tub. I plea not guilty: age has given the tub that unfortunate patina. But the chain remains unrusted and still attached to the plastic plug. The original accessories were a white soap tray (shown), a yellow bath mitt, a bath towel, and a face cloth. The Sindy Museum mentions a bath mat, but I do not remember that item. That isn't to say that it was NOT included, just to say that I no longer have that item.

Marx Sindy Bathtub

Marx Sindy Bathtub plugged

Marx Sindy Bathtub unplugged

Notice difference between tub top and tub sides

I have other Sindy pieces still - not everything - but a good sample. Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing them here. Our Sindy Museum also shares photos of the Marx Sindy collection.