Name: Talking Julia
Made by and When: Mattel, 1969-1972
Material: Vinyl with bendable legs
Marks: ©1967 / MATTEL, INC / U.S. & FOREIGN / PATS. PEND. / HONG KONG
Height: 11-1/2 inches
Hair/Eyes/Mouth: The doll’s original dark brown/black rooted hair with a left side part has oxidized to red. Brown painted eyes have upper eyelashes/closed mouth with dark pink lip color.
Clothes: Gold and silver color block, metallic glitter, knit jumpsuit has a fabric belt with a gold buckle. Clear Pilgrim-style shoes have glitter molded into the plastic.
Other: This doll uses the Christie head sculpt. A doll stands was included. This pull-string talker said a variety of phrases, one of which was, “Hi! My name is Julia.” Marks and clothing description reference: Fashion Doll Guide/Talking Julia.
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