Chatty Cathy

Name: Chatty Cathy

Made by and When: Mattel, 1962

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: CHATTY CATHY® / ©1960/CHATTY BABY T.M. / ©1961 / BY MATTEL, INC. / U.S. PAT. 3017,187, / OTHER U.S. & / FOREIGN PATS. PEND/MATTEL INC. insignia

Height: 19 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted pageboy with bangs/brown sleep eyes/open mouth with two upper teeth

Clothes: Replica of the original 1960s “Peppermint Stick” dress, white half-slip, white panties, white socks, red velvet shoes, red ribbon in hair

Other: The 1963 version had two side ponytails and bangs. Chatty Cathy is a pull-string talker. According to a Wikipedia entry, “The doll had eleven phrases when it came on the market in 1960 such as ‘I love you’, ‘I hurt myself!’ or ‘Please take me with you.’ Seven more phrases such as, ‘Let’s play school’ or ‘May I have a cookie?’ were added to the doll’s repertoire in 1963 for a total of 18 phrases.”


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