My grandmother spent several years living in Germany during the 1960's. While she was there,
she tried to collect a small doll from each European country she was able to visit. When she returned to the U.S., she kept her doll collection on display in a glass case. And when I was a little girl, it was one of the highlights of visiting her home.
I loved staring at the dolls. And I had a favorite.
It was the little girl from Switzerland.
She had a red and green checkered dress, knee-high red socks, little black shoes, and her light blond hair was up in a braided do like this one.
I stared at that little doll for years.
After my grandmother passed away, I inherited the little boy and girl dolls from Spain. Who were equally neat. The boy is in a blue sailor suit holding an oar, and the girl is in a full red and black dress with a high black bun and flowers.
But I'll always have a special spot for the little Swiss girl
and her braided ribbon headband.