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Q: a toy from the early 1970's ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: a toy from the early 1970's
Category: Sports and Recreation > Toys
Asked by: carlhollywood-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 19 Apr 2004 06:56 PDT
Expires: 08 May 2004 19:18 PDT
Question ID: 332526
In the early 1970's my wife's mother purchased two sets of toys
(described below), which they believe were from the UNICEF catalog. 
My wife contacted UNICEF two years ago, however, and their assistant
director of consumer mail order said that she researched UNICEF's
catalog archives, but did not find a record of the toy my wife
described.  She added, "Perhaps they were purchased from another fund
raising organization associated with children such as Save the

Each set contained a cloth family, each piece about one-and-a-half
inches high with mother, father and (my wife believes) two children. 
These family pieces were beanbags covered in polyester fabric.  The
faces and clothing details were printed on this fabric.

My wife believes the manufacturer made 4 sets in total, and my wife
had 2 of these: an African family and an Eskimo family.  Each set
included a house for the family, and both the African and Eskimo
houses were dome-shaped (the Eskimo house was an igloo).  Each house
may have had a handle on top.

I would like a photo, or any other information about this set, because
I am attempting an internet search to find a used set.  Thank you very
much for your help!

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: a toy from the early 1970's
From: journalist-ga on 19 Apr 2004 09:00 PDT
Greetings Carlhollywood:

Nice to see you again.  I found a reference to a Save The Children
Eskimo Bean Bag doll at a site called Epier.  There is a picture at of the doll except it is
six inches tall, more than a bit bigger than your description.  Not
the one.  Also see for more of
the same.

I stumbled upon an article mentioning some cloth doll clubs.  You
might consider joining one or more and query the members to see if
they have any of the sets.  See

This museum offers a variety of cloth dolls from different countries. 
You might contact this museum with a query.  Someone might have seen
these (they could have been a museum collection item coupled with a
charity). See

Sorry I couldn't find more information.

Best regards,


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Subject: Re: a toy from the early 1970's
From: carlhollywood-ga on 21 Apr 2004 17:51 PDT
Dear Journalist-ga:

Thank you for your research. I'm starting to understand what a
difficult question that my wife has posed, and we appreciate your
comments and suggestions!

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