I started my Tammy collection after a visit to the toyfair at NEC Birmingham where I found a very pretty doll on a stall and knew I had to take her home. I discovered that she was called Tammy after a popular film character at the time of her creation, played by Debbie Reynolds. Tammy had a mom, dad, brother Ted and sister Pepper plus a selection of family friends.
Produced by Ideal Toy Corporation from 1962-1966 this wholesome American college girl was intended to rival the sexy sophistication of the Barbie doll introduced by Ruth Handler in 1959, which many parents felt was a poor role model for their little girls. Tammy's activities included sports, skating, talking on the phone and meeting friends, typical teenage pastimes, and her outfits were designed for these.
In addition Ideal provided a wide range of fun accessories including a house, bedroom furniture, a car and a catamaran. There were also a nice selection of carry case wardrobes to carry Tammy and her clothes. There were books, records, a thermos flask, a card game and jigsaw puzzles and a range of paper fashion dolls for little girls to play with.
Click here to see a tv ad of Tammy and her family.