Catalog Hair Care Items for the Crissy family...

Many of the major catalog-based retailers offered exclusive items for the Crissy family of dolls. They are quite unique. We will start with the Sears catalog exclusives.

This very small picture comes from the 1969 Sears catalog. Not only did the buyer receive a silver metallic snood (stretched around a piece of round cardboard), they also got yarn ties, ribbons, three daisies with wired stems, clippies, hairpins and small white rollers that were very similar to the rollers that Ideal placed on Velvet's side spitcurls to keep them styled and in place until she was purchased.

Here is the description that gives the stock number on this item, 49 C 30749.

The 1970 offering in the Sears catalog was pretty much the same as the 1969 set. That is the snood that is stretched around the circle of pink cardboard.

In the 1971 catalog, two sets were listed. The "Hair Setting Kit" should look familiar. It was made by Ideal. But when purchased from the catalog, it came in a small nondescript white box, not the tray that Ideal sold it in. When buying it from the Sears catalog, they included some ribbons and some felt "barrettes" that were held in place by small, paper sticks, much like lollipop sticks. See the pictures below for these felt barrettes.

This is something that Sears did frequently. They liked to take an item being offered by Ideal (or any other major toy company) and add a little "something special" to it, to make the set uniquely their own.

Advanced collectors today love to get their hands on these special items, bringing value to their collections.

This close-up shows the felt barrettes that were held
in place by thin paper sticks that resembled lollipop sticks.

The other offering in the catalog clipping above, the "Hair Care Accessories" set, is very similar to the 1969 and 1970 set.

This picture of the 1972 Sears hair accessory set shows pretty much the same sets that were sold in the 1971 Sears catalog, as well as the Way-Out Wigs for Crissy.

One can see that snood pretty good in this picture. This collector finds it curious that the catalogs included very small pieces of hair ribbon that are pretty much too small to use for anything. See pictures below.

The stock number on the 1970, 1971, and 1972 hair accessory set was 49-35042. In the 1970 and 1972 catalog, it is listed as 49 N 35042. In the 1971 catalog, it is listed as 49 C 35042.

The items in this box were only part of the items that were included. But it is nice to see the box in which all of the items from the 1970, 1971, and 1972 catalogs were sold.

Above: Here is a variation on the same 1970-1972 box (catalog number 49 35042). It is a little more complete than the white box set, though still missing the snood. Again, one notes that there are three very small pieces of flocked ribbon that were pretty much useless for anything. One can't even tie a bow with them. Notice that the comb shown in the catalog is not included. This set has a three-piece matching dresser set consisting of a hand mirror, comb and brush. The brush is broken at the neck. It is very fragile and not suitable for brushing Crissy's thick hair. It is no wonder that it is broken. This is the second time I've found this dresser set included with set 49 35042, so I am happy to report that it is simply a substitution or a variation from what was shown in the catalog. This set also has a pink-centered flower and two white-centered flowers, one of which still has the Made in Japan paper tag! Wow!

Above and below, here is that interesting snood (another name for a hairnet, though considered more decorative) that was included from 1969 to 1972 hair care accessories sets. It is being held in place by non-Sears and non-original hair clips.

Here are some variations of the ribbons that came in the Sears sets. Notice the very small, nearly unusable piece of ribbon. This makes one wonder, "Why?"

And now
The Wards catalog hair care sets...

1969 Wards catalog: This ultra-stylized Crissy doll presents her hair care accessory set that includes a large pink brush, smaller brush and comb and matching mirror, large yellow rollers with turquoise blue roller clips, barrettes that are held in place with small rubber bands, four side combs, compact, and small, yellow permanent wave rods (which in actuality were pretty useless). All of this was sold in a small, plastic drawstring bag.

1970 Wards catalog: This set is the same as the 1969 set, but the catalog added "shampoo" and "conditioner" and yarn ties.

1971 Wards catalog: WOWSERS.... the hair care set and beauty salon were two pretty cool offerings in this catalog. They were sold separately. The accessories were the same as the previous Wards sets, but the bag changed to a floral pouch. For more information on the Wards Beauty Salon for Crissy, go to the Crissy's Beauty Salons page.

1972 Wards catalog: Again, the items were the same, but the catalog shows a different pouch than the previous years.

Here is a detail shot of the items found in the pink plastic drawstring baggie from 1969 and 1970.

There are cute little flowers molded onto the pieces in the 1969 and 1970 Wards set. So cute!

Crissy models a hair clip from 1969 and 1970 Wards.

Here is the 1971 hair accessory set that shows the floral pouch that the items came in. It is too small to hold everything.

Here is a color variation of the above mentioned floral pouch.

Eaton's (A Canadian Catalog Outlet)...

1970 Eaton's Catalog

The 1971 set from Eaton's was pretty much the same as the 1970 set. It included a brush, comb, mirror, compact, rollers, perm rods, bottle, and handled pouch.

Even though the "Hair Fashion Tote" is not an Eaton's exclusive (it was sold everywhere by Ideal), this photo is very cute! This is from the 1972 catalog. There were no other exclusive hair accessory sets in Eaton's going forward.

No other catalogs offered exclusive hair accessory sets, but this cute shot (below) from the 1970 JC Penney catalog is really adorable!

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All text and photography, August, 2007, by Beth-Ellen Colvin