Crissy Poster, Paperdolls and the Crissy Coloring Book

Enjoy this section to learn about the 1972 Crissy poster, paperdolls and the coloring book.

Included in the box of some 1972 dolls was this way-cool poster. I say some for a reason. One might find it in a 1972 Look Around Crissy box with a mint in the box doll, but if one buys another MIB example, they may not find it in there. One might find it in a Look Around Velvet, but then again, one might not. Also, since Brandi and Dina both enjoyed multiple year production runs, one can find the poster in some of their boxes too (if you happen to find a Brandi or Dina doll produced in 1972, and no, there is no way to determine that by looking at the doll or the box).

Isn't this girl so cute and happy looking? (I would have been too, if at the age of 10, I had in my hands a Beautiful Crissy wearing Hippie Happening!)

Here is the back of the poster. It tells the story of a very distraught Crissy who gains the help of her friends Brandi and Dina and her cousin Velvet. She has a secret to tell her friend! In the story, she didn't know what to wear or how to do her hair to tell her friend this secret. The other girls help Crissy get her hair just so, and pick the correct clothes for the occasion. It is a rather charming little story!

In actuality, this is just one big advertisement designed to whet the appetite of little kids for more Crissy related items. The back shows the closet set, the hair care set, the wig, several cases, the hair dryer and several outfits.

The following are the Crissy Paperdolls

Whitman was licensed to create all of the Crissy paperdolls. The first one is copyrighted 1970 and came with unique paper wigs. The front cover features a somewhat juvenile looking Crissy but the back cover is astoundingly beautiful.

What a lovely illustration on the back cover.

Here are the paper wigs inside the front cover.

The above are a sampling of the paper fashions.

The above is the 1970 "Crissy paperdoll, fashion and hairstyle boutique." The paperdoll is inside the back cover and features a rather young looking Crissy.

Here is a look at one of the two 1971 offerings.

Front cover.

Back cover.

The paperdolls inside the front cover: It is interesting that Velvet is featured in a black version where the vinyl dolls were represented as cousins.

The above is the 1971 "Crissy and Velvet Paperdolls."

This is inside the back cover. It is called the Change-a-Hairdo Wheel. The child would attach it to the inside of the front cover to see what the paperdoll might look like with a different hairdo. Very innovative!

The next two shots show the other 1971 paperdoll offering. It came in a box.

The above is the 1971 "Beautiful Crissy Magic Paper Doll."

This set came with plastic scissors to cut out the paper fashions.

The next set was copyrighted 1972.

The above is the 1972 "Crissy Magic Paper Doll."

Her clothes were punched out and no scissors were sold with the set.

The final set of paperdolls was copyrighted in 1973. You will see them below.

This is definitely a more mature looking Crissy.

Here is the paperdoll on the back of the book.

Alot of the fashions in this book were modeled after real Ideal fashions.

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See the way-cool, ultra-fab Pat Stall Paperdolls too!>

The 1971 Crissy and Velvet Coloring Book

The front cover and the back cover featured the same artwork.

Once again, Whitman chose to illustrate "cousins" Crissy and Velvet in different races, and no mention is made in the story line that they are cousins. One appreciates Ideal and Whitman's forward-mindedness in 1971. It is heartwarming to see their friendship (as is should be).

In the story, Crissy is watching from her window when the new family moves into the neighborhood. After Crissy introduces herself to Velvet and her family, she and all the neighborhood girls form a club. For charity, they refurbish toys and dolls and then hold a party for orphans. It is a very sweet and charming story.

AND NOW... courtesy of Joel Magee of FxToys!, we present...

This is the original art for the cover of the Whitman Crissy coloring book. It was acquired directly from Whitman's archives.

Here is a close-up of the bottom; one can even see the bleed lines. Thank you Joel for your kindness! The world of Crissy collectors appreciates your generosity!

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All text and photography, January, 2006, by Beth-Ellen Colvin