Thursday, June 2, 2022

New or rewritten on etsy for May 2022

I added many new items to my etsy page in May, and some I redid.  They are:


1950s German cutlery set

1960s cotton baby girl undergarments

1960s four cotton baby girl dresses

1960s Marcie Mod and Missy Mod clothing

1960s unknown fashion doll red corduroy suit

1965 Barbie Sew Free clothing

1969 Barbie clothes and case

1969 Shell Franklin Mint US President coin set

1969 First Communion veil

1970 Scrabble game

1975 3 Ideal Jody dolls

1981 Barbie items

1990s fast food, Hasbro Disney figures

1993 Filmation Snow White doll

1994 Nina burgundy velvet size 8 heels


1960s 1970s Shillman fashion doll clothing

1969 Edico Missy Mod Forever Yours

1970s Francie clothes

1970s Ideal Tuesday Taylor and Dorothy Hamill

1979 Mego Candi clothing

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Western Hills Press to shut down

The Western Hills Press, founded by publisher Will Finch and published for the first time on Nov. 7, 1924 , will be shutting down at the end of May after 98 years of weekly publication.  Final issue date will be May 25, 2022.

Its best known publisher was Albert H. Huneke.  He started working at the Press in 1926, and then bought the company in 1933 and owned it until 1972.

The Western Hills Press was owned by HomeTown Communications after that but continued to be a local newspaper.  I worked there as an editorial assistant between 1983 and 2000, at which I point I had found another job.  My job was to input all of the local submitted news:  births and deaths; engagements, wedding and anniversaries; school news; upcoming events; content of special publications such as a compendium of Green Township (like a list of churches, their addresses and service times); and even an occasional news story.

Gannett bought the Press and its sister publications around Hamilton and Clermont counties and northern Kentucky in 2004, and it was after that the newspaper started going downhill.  All the items that I used to work on were discontinued.  All of my coworkers eventually left, and at least five years ago the only person left in the Monfort Heights office was the head of circulation.  That office’s phone number and address disappeared.  There wasn’t even a place to email or snail mail local news.  I am assuming that all of these sister publications--I think at one time there were 32, give or take a few--are being shut down also.

In recent years this was what The Western Hills Press contained:  reprints of articles from The Enquirer about the West End, Fairmount and Camp Washington (none of which are in Western Hills, while the newspaper’s original coverage area was ignored unless there was a murder in Cheviot or Westwood), local high school sports, local property transfers and the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle (which was what made me continue to buy the paper each week).

I suspect Gannett made these changes on purpose so that it could eventually shut it down and have only The Cincinnati Enquirer to publish.

I had to do quite a bit of searching to find all these historical dates and facts.  The article in Wednesday’s WHP just mentions the closing on the front page, with none of its history.  Even the masthead doesn’t contain it; that is, the volume and issue number.  If the volume number was there, it would have been 98 or 99.

Monday, April 18, 2022

New and revised fashion doll competitor items

I've also updated or added to a number of the fashion doll clone/competitor items that I have listed on etsy.  While I was researching this, I discovered that Mini-Mod dolls and clothes were made by both Edico and Shillman.

Marcie Mod and Missy Mod

1960s Shillman Maxi Mod

18 inch Mego Candi clothes

unidentified red corduroy suit

Forever Yours wedding dress

Spiegel Polly gift set

Maddie Mod

1970s 12-inch doll clothes

Ideal Tuesday and Dorothy

1970s Shillman clothing

Barbie items posted on etsy

I've been working the past two weeks on adding new merchandise to my etsy listings.  I will start with the most important items, that is, of course, the ones for Barbie.

1960s Francie clothing

1970s Francie clothing

1970 Barbie Ruffles N Swirls

1970 Barbie Dreamy Blues

1972 gold and brocade clothing

1980 doll and clothing

1989 Sensations items

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The mod dolls that clone themselves

Edico had Missy Mod dolls in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Edico also had Mini Mod dolls and clothes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Shillman had Mini Mod dolls and clothes.  These were later in the 1970s and 1980s, so I am assuming that Shillman bought out Edico.

Shillman had Maxi Mod dolls and clothes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A&H Doll Manufacturing had Marcie Mod in the late 1960s.

Maddie Mod was made by Princess Grace in the late 1960s, Mego in the early and mid-1970s and Summit Industries in the late 1970s.

I don't know who made Betsy Teen but these are the early 1970s Maddie Mod clothing boxes, but the clothes are different.

The dozens of accessories for these dolls were always the same.  No one has ever researched this, but I am assuming all these companies used the same manufacturing plant.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Francie and Casey single doll case is rare

I have a new doll case to write about.  I can't believe that it was back in 2015 that I did all those "case studies" (for want of a better term!).

My newest acquisition is the 1968 Francie and Casey single doll case.  It's dated 1967 and shows a blonde Twist N Turn Francie in 1207 Floating In and a brunette Twist N Turn Casey in 1215 The Combo, both from 1968.

I don't own The Combo but I do own Floating In.  Note that the picture on the case has the diagonal in the opposite direction as the actual dress.  If you recall, I noticed that a lot of the clothing shown on the cases are flips of what the outfits really looked like.

I looked up this case in several locations, but it showed up only once on etsy.  I am assuming it is rare.

I figure that the Francie on the case is probably cold
or that the Casey on the case is sweating to death,
because their outfits are for opposite seasons.