Why am *I* writing about "Harmony, the "Music-Makin'" Doll?" Yes it's true, I usually write about "hair-play" dolls. But I've had many requests to add her to my site. So here she is!
The first question I get: "Is Harmony a member of the Crissy family?"
This can be construed as an opinion, but no, she isn't.
While it's true that she was created and sold for one year during Crissy's production run, 1972, she like Tiffany Taylor was never marketed at the same time as Crissy and her family. In commercials, she was only advertised by herself. Crissy and different members of her family were often advertised together. However, because she is one of "Ideal's Girls" during the 1970's, she is often considered a Crissy family doll, even though she is much taller than Crissy and not a hair-play doll.
Harmony was not an inexpensive doll to create and fetched a pretty high price-tag. Her production run was short, only one year.
This fetching "folksinger" stood tall at 21". As she strummed her guitar (which is actually a 4-string bass guitar, not a rhythm guitar) her head moved keeping time with the "beat." To activate the mechanism, one placed one of her four records in the "amplifier" and pressed the button. This activated the battery-operated turntable inside. The amplifier was actually plugged into Harmony's back. The battery then provided power to the doll's motor, causing her to strum and move her head. One record was sold with the doll and the other three were sold one each per outfit. They are all two-sided. The records came in varying colors, yellow, a reddish color, a greenish color, and white. She didn't actually sing, she just played her groovy tunes!
It's not hard to get an unplayed-with-for-many-years Harmony to work! Clean her battery contacts well. Put fresh batteries in the amplifier and then move the turntable with your fingertips until you hear the motor try to turn.
Then plug it into Harmony. Move her head back and forth and move her right arm up and down. This will get that motor going. One needs to activate their Harmony dolls often to keep them in working order. Just sitting a shelf is not good for the motors in these dolls.
Please enjoy the pictures and information to follow.
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Here is Harmony in front of her box, along with the inexpensive plastic tube "curlers" that held her style in place before she was sold. She is wearing her issue outfit.
Probably one of the most gorgeous dolls ever created by Ideal, Harmony had beautiful sun-streaked long hair that arrived in a flip (once her stock curlers were removed).
In case you would like to see her instructions, here they are.
Here is the back-side of the pamphlet.
Harmony's three outfits were sold in packaging that was the exact size of a standard record album! She had three outfits: "Bikini Beat," "Meadow Music" and "Rehearsal Rags." No shoes were ever sold for her in alternate colors. The only shoes that the collector will find Harmony wearing (that fit correctly anyway) are her issue burgundy colored sandals.
Here is Harmony modeling "Bikini Beat." Immediately you will notice that she is NOT wearing her issue burgundy sandals. Yes, they ARE white. This doll came from a warehouse that contained several prototype dolls and toys, items that never made it into production.
Harmony is lovely in "Meadow Music." Meadow? Reminds one of a Coca-Cola commercial!
Here is "Rehearsal Rags" in its complete state. The neck-scarf is usually missing. The sunglasses are aftermarket and were not sold for or on Harmony.
Have you noticed yet that Harmony had two different versions of her guitar? Some had a burgundy colored neck and some had a cream colored neck. One thing is for sure. They ARE fragile. Don't be surprised if you have to repair the neck on Harmony's guitar should you find one for your collection.
In 1972, the Wards Toy Catalog offered five outfits that look so precious on Harmony. Here is a blue dress offered in the set. The little pin is a "bubblegum" pin, very cheaply made and was added by a child somewhere along the way. How charming!
Under this long slit-front dress is a pair of yellow shorts. (Wards catalog.)
This sweet little dress is perfect for 'everyday wear.'
Harmony looks comfy in her nightgown, also an exclusive from Wards.
The fifth outfit, a pantsuit, is shown in this 1972 Wards catalog page.
Now you as a collector, know why Ideal created three outfits for Harmony that all had long sleeves! Yes sir or ma'am! Those elbow joints were pretty obvious in her Ward's catalog outfits. Apparently, the company that made the Wards outfits didn't keep that in mind when creating them.
Here is Harmony as she appeared in the 1972 Ideal Buyers Catalog. It shows the prototype doll with black records and wearing black, yellow and red sandals as she is modeling the only three outfits that they made for her. These never actually made it into production. Her outfits were not sold with shoes.
One just has to love this perspective shot that makes Harmony look taller than the little girls dancing in the background!
In the 1972 Sears Wish Book, this is how Harmony appeared.
Here she is in the 1972 Spiegel toy catalog, being sold right alongside "friend" Cynthia, created by Mattel and not part of Ideal's collection of fashion dolls that "do" things.
This set of outfits presented by Coats & Clark, their Sew Simple line, was sold as the "Teen Dream Set." There are two sizes and one of those sizes fits Harmony. She really looks cute in that ruffled leg pant set.
Thank you for visiting!
All text and photography, © March, 2006, by Beth-Ellen Colvin