My Beatnik Doll

I need your help here, please – I bought this little beatnik doll from a flea market recently, well, I think it’s a beatnik doll…  I’ve named her Vali, after the dancer and artist Vali Myers, but I wondered if anyone knows anything about this little lady – what type of doll she is, who made it, where and when it comes from &c.

She’s made of hard plastic and has winking eyes.  I like her eye make-up, her necklace and the little sandals (painted on).  I didn’t want to mess up her clothes too much but I can’t really see any markings other than the “Empire” sticker which is on the bottom of one of her feet.  I’m assuming this just means empire made, but I know very little about dolls!

If anyone has seen one of these dolls before or knows anything about her, please let me know!  (Excuse the “stuff” in the background, you might have noticed I am a bit of a “collector” – or “hoarder”, if you prefer…)

 

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French pop advertising from the 1960s

As some of you may have noticed I have had a little break from blogging recently.  I can’t say I’m back with a vengeance but here’s a little post with some of the French pop advertisements I have come across in a few of my Mademoiselle Age Tendre and Salut Les Copains magazines:

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This looks like Guy Peellaert Sylvie Vartan artwork for Simon cleansing milk

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France Gall is rehearsing, apparently, with two cute dogs (Problème and Nougat) whilst wearing a “Guitare” dress – a lovely photo but not a fantastic advert in that, at a glance, I’m not sure what it’s selling!

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Stone is wearing her favourite skirt by Gérard Pasquier “Vingt-Ans”, very nice it is too

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Did Sheila really have her own shop?  Looks like she did or at least she had her own clothing range anyway

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Rika Zaraï chose Odilène “the label of the stars” and why not?

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Is this really Sheila?  Well, it looks like Sheila advertising something else – some natural care cream and some make-up remover but can I see an image of the product in the advert? No.  It looks like Sheila is selling a bathrobe or something!

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This looks like more Guy Peellaert style artwork again – this time Christine Delaroche is wearing a Fric Frac outfit that could be purchased at  Gérard Pasquier “Vingt-Ans”

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No one famous this time (I don’t think!) but I like the artwork – very like Peellaert again – this is for Heyraud “Hipnic” shoes.  If you want to be “in” you need to get some Hipnic American-Style shoes – I’ll take a pair of Bingo!

Jane Birkin will not share her chocolate with John Junkin

In the 1960s Jane Birkin made a TV advert for Cadbury’s Bar Six chocolate with the great British actor and TV presenter John Junkin.  John Junkin plays a traffic warden who catches Jane parked up buying a bar of chocolate from a vending machine without paying to park in a parking zone.  Jane uses her feminine wiles and her Bar Six to distract John Junkin – “Do you want a bit?”  Of course he does, but she tells him that he can buy a Bar Six from the machine behind him and promptly drives off leaving him stunned.  As much as I liked John Junkin I probably wouldn’t share my Bar Six with him either – too yummy.

Here are some images from the advert, kind of spoilt by the BBC Four logo (it’s taken from the Jane Birkin: Je t’aime documentary) and the French subtitling, but beggars can’t be choosers: