I have a little agreement with myself that I will buy every Gloria/ Betty Teen (whatever you want to call her) I see. This isn’t a difficult vow to stick to – for starters, Gloria dolls are not widely known about or collected in my country so there’s never much competition for them on the second hand market. For seconds, they don’t come along very often. This is only my third Gloria.
I never expected to find a poseable, pivotal Gloria but here she is. I think that unless you specifically collect pivotal vintage dolls (like Dollikin for instance) it’s easy to forget how good some of the forerunners to the Fashionistas actually were in terms of poseability. My new Gloria is wonderful – even though she has articulated ankles instead of articulated wrists, she can strike poses that pivotal Barbies could never manage. Speaking of her ankles, they are only hinged but they look great and she has really cute little feet:
Gloria has had a little work done on her. When I first got her, she looked like this:
As you can see, she had a little black pen on her (which washed off) and she was very dirty. If I could change one thing about Gloria dolls in general, it would probably be the quality of the hair. By the time I get them, its always frazzled and fluffy. This time round I just gathered it into bunches and left it frizzy, as the top was OK and I thought it looked quite cute, but in future I might re-curl it at the bottom. The biggest change I made was the colour of the lips, as I really didn’t like the neon orange shade they were originally painted.
Although I don’t think she is quite as pretty or well-painted as my other two, Bionic Gloria is a lot of fun to photograph. It’s been a nice little Friday morning project.