Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Birthday to Chloe and to all of the Kenner girls out there!)

It is Chloe's 40th birthday!

This is definitely something to celebrate! :D

A little bit about the history of Kenner Blythe (from Wiki):

Blythe was created in 1972 by designer Allison Katzman at Marvin Glass and Associates[2] and marketed in the USA by the now-defunct toy company Kenner. Due to a lack of interest, Blythe dolls were only sold for one year in the U.S. (produced in Hong Kong) and also in Australia, during 1972. It would only become popular some 27 years later. Reportedly, she was modeled after drawings by Margaret Keane, similarly to many other dolls of the '60s and '70s. Her most distinctive feature were eyes that changed color with the pull of a string attached to the back of her head.

In 1997, New York TV and video producer Gina Garan was given a 1972 Kenner Blythe by a friend and began using it to practice her photographic skills. She began taking her Blythe everywhere with her and took hundreds of photos. In 1999, she was introduced to CWC's Junko Wong by artist and illustrator, Jeffrey Fulvimari which brought Blythe to the attention of Parco and toy executives. In 2000, Gina published her first book of Blythe photography with Chronicle Books, This is Blythe. In 2001, Hasbro (the Trademark and License owner) gave Takara of Japan and CWC a license to produce the New Edition of Blythe (Neo Blythe). Blythe was used in a television advertising campaign by Parco, the fashion branch of Seibu Department Stores in Japan and was an instant hit.

More info on Kenner: http://blythopia.com/kenner-blythe/

Original Blythe Doll Commercial from the 70's:

Happy Birthday to all of the Kenners out there!


None000 said...

Hi dear,

Just thought you would like to be aware about that:

Sorry to post that here and sorry if you don't mind about this shop but it's so obvious that i thought it would matter.

Melacacia said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Unfortunately, that isn't the only copy-cat shop/person out there :(
I don't know why they think it is OK to steal someone else's design for profit. It's embarrassing and shameless (not to mention wrong).
Hopefully they come up with their own ideas and designs soon. In the mean time, I won't let it stop me from doing what I do!
Thanks :)

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