In 1930-1940 we had radio shows, Walt Disney movies, and books – lot’s of them! Here are two well-worn Shirley Temple books that I enjoyed.
The Shirley Temple doll from 1939 and the clothes my mother and sister made for them in the early 1940s are now stored in my cedar chest: a wool coat with a real fur collar and matching hat, a two-piece black taffeta party dress with wool embroidery and, impressively, a wool snowsuit and hat to match my own.
It was Christmas 1939 when each of my two sisters gave me a doll. One was a Shirley Temple and the other a Debu Teen doll. Shirley was a 13 in. Ideal Toy Co. doll, all composition with sleep eyes. She had a curly wig of mohair that seemed to need resetting all too often. My sisters did their best to help but gradually Shirley had fewer and fewer curls. After awhile both her mohair wig and her filmy dress from the movie Baby Take a Bow became limp and bedraggled. So, my mother and sisters made new clothes for her and I loved them for it.