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What a stroke of misfortune that these two girls were born this way! What if one wanted to see the classical oil portraits and the other wanted to see the abstract bronzes? What if one wanted to lie in bed all day and the other wanted to go horseback riding? WHAT IF one ate a bad batch of oyster stew!!

As I understand it, the main purposes of topsy-turvy dolls are for storytelling first and thriftiness second. Why bother to buy or make two dolls when you can have one? Generally, the effect is enhanced by a skirt or cloak that can be flipped up and down, but these sorts of fancies were evidently tut-tutted away by the original manufacturer. Perhaps this hearkens to a day where traveling circuses crawled the country in swaying traincars, hawking their particular freak galleries to a public hungry for outrage. Whatever your ends, I am sure you will find these unlikely twins very entertaining.

One baby's face is a little dented, perhaps from being dropped or lovingly squished? The other is a little cracked. On the whole, their body is a bit wearied with time. All the better for it! The girls measure 13" from head to head.

Two Misses Topsy Turvy Doll (1930s)


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: cloth, resin
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
  • Feedback: 89 reviews
  • Favorited by: 9 people