Battered dolls and soft toys are often described as “much loved”. No doubt many are. But “love” from small children is not always good for them. My own teddy bear is still suffering from the effects of a hair-cut I gave her in the mid 1950s. Besides, from the evidence, some dolls are the victims of neglect and for that matter violent abuse. On top of all that, do we really understand dolls? Do the same things make them unhappy as make us unhappy?
This is a very masculine take on what I see as unlucky dolls. Lucky dolls, courtesy of my wife Frances Schultz, will come later. All of the pictures here, unsurprisingly, were taken at vide-greniers.
Having the top of your head removed might upset most of us. But if that's the way you normally get your hair re-styled, how big a problem is it?