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Tammy Doll Memories

Updated on November 27, 2014

A Different Gift--A Tammy Doll

When I was 5th and 6th grades, Barbie dolls were popular. It seemed all the girls at school got Barbie dolls for Christmas. I remember getting a doll that could be purchased at a craft store to make a bed doll out of. The doll's legs didn't move, but the arms moved up and down and the eyes would open and close. My mother sewed some clothes to fit the doll. If the other girls said to bring your dolls to play with, I would feel like I didn't quite belong in the Barbie world.

I believe I was in sixth grade when I received another doll. I still didn't get a Barbie doll; instead, I got a Tammy doll. She had a few clothes with her, but again my mother sewed clothes for her. I was still different from the other girls, but I felt it was in a good way. The Tammy doll looked more like a real person. Her figure was more normal. Even her shoes were flatter with much smaller heels. My Tammy doll made me unique and the homemade clothes for her were unique too.

I still didn't feel like I quite belonged with everyone else, but sometimes it is better to not be just like everyone else. I think I learned from having a Tammy doll that people look at things differently. I learned it is okay to think differently and to like different things. I learned you don't have to look like and dress like everyone else to be okay. You can choose the things that are good for you despite what others are choosing. I really do appreciate having a Tammy doll when I was young.

Popularity of Tammy Dolls

When I was in grade school, I didn't feel like I really fit in. In sports I was the slowest person. I came in last in any race. I was the last chosen for a team. I practiced throwing a ball against the grainery and catching it or throwing it high in the air and catching it. I would practice hitting the ball with my brother, yet I still ended up out in right or center field on the softball team where balls seldom were hit to.

My voice has always been soft, so people often don't hear what I say. It was a problem in school because what I had to say didn't seem to matter as all the other voices would override mine. "Shy" was the label put on me all through my growing up years.

Then when the other girls brought their Barbie dolls to school and I only had a generic craft doll, I again didn't feel like I fit in. The year I got the Tammy doll I still wasn't the same as the other girls, but I did feel like I was a little more like the rest of the girls. In some ways I felt luckier as I felt the Tammy doll really looked like a real person compared to Barbie who if a woman looked like her would probably have serious back problems. As I grew older and watched how women worried so much about their weight and what they looked like, I thought that maybe Barbie created some of the problems. A truly healthy woman would not look like Barbie, but a healthy woman could look like Tammy.

I am grateful my parents gave me a Tammy doll. I think it helped me to realize I didn't have to be just like everyone else. It helped me see what an attractive woman could look like. I think Tammy dolls are much prettier than Barbie dolls probably because of receiving one when I was young.

I count myself fortunate to have received a Tammy doll when I was young. I am grateful the Ideal Toy Company created the Tammy doll for the ordinary girl who will never be glamourous. I think we need more Tammy dolls in the world today.

Tammy Doll Videos

Tammy Dolls vs Barbie Dolls

Do you like Tammy Dolls or Barbie Dolls better?

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Fashion Dolls Compared to Baby Dolls

I have photos of myself with a baby doll. It's a good thing baby dolls aren't real what with all the holding them upside down, dragging them and dropping them that goes on. I remember a baby doll that I could put water in its bottle and pretend to feed it, and then a little later I had to change its wet diaper. I learned how to put on a diaper and how to dress a baby and how to wrap it in a blanket from those baby dolls I had.

When my daughters were young a neighbor gave them Barbie dolls as a Christmas gift. I was grateful for the neighbor's kindness, but my daughters didn't really know how to play with Barbie dolls. Unfortunately one of the things that Barbie dolls seemed good for was chewing on. Most of the Barbie dolls seemed to end up with deformed feet because of this tendency.

I have thought a lot about what the purpose of fashion dolls is. Sometimes it seems that fashion dolls encourage fashion consciousness which becomes fairly competitive as a teenager. Looking nice is a good thing, but having to buy the latest clothes to be in fashion when you have perfectly good clothes already seems like a waste of our resources. Perhaps we need to think more about the toys we give our children and what they teach our children.

Tammy Doll Accessories

Accessories for a doll helps make playtime with a doll more fun and feel more real. With a telephone one could pretend the doll is talking with someone. Two friends with two dolls who each have a telephone can carry on a great conversation. Shoes are an important part of a doll's outfit, yet it always seems like one of the shoes gets lost. Accessories can make an outfit complete or they can make playtime so much more fun.

Do You Remember Tammy Dolls?

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      6 years ago

      @JenaleeMortensen: I agree:) but Barbies were what I always had.

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      6 years ago

      @KyraB: My daughters were given Barbie dolls when they were young by other people. I'm not sure if Tammy dolls were still available when they were growing up other than I still had my Tammy doll. Pretending is an important part of childhood and dolls help us to pretend and use our imagination. I still think that Tammy dolls give a better body image to girls than Barbie dolls do.

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      6 years ago

      No, today was the first time I had ever heard about them. I have always played with Barbies but when doing so Barbie is the mom, Ken the Dad, and Kelly's, Tommy's, and Stacy's the children. Tammy though is a very cute doll which I would have enjoyed playing with, had I got her when I was little. Thanks for sharing all the info on her. I enjoyed reading it all a lot.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I was trying to remember if I have ever seen a Tammy doll. I would be hard to believe that I totally missed her, but I simply do not recall. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

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      8 years ago

      I had a Tammy doll too and I had forgotten all about her till I read your lens. now I am wondering whatever happened to her. I also never got a Barbie. my mom thought she looked too adult. She did get me a Midge doll eventually. Go figure.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      8 years ago from U.S.A.

      I love Tammy dolls, and collect them. I definitely think she's prettier than Barbie! :)

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      8 years ago

      Not really. Still they may not have been available in the U.K.


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