Throw Back Thursday- Cynthia My Best Friend by Mattel

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Vintage Cynthia doll

Thought it would be fun to do a “Throw Back Thursday” entry today.  A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a Cynthia and her wardrobe box.  Cynthia was made in 1971 and featured little records that could be inserted to allow her to “speak”.  My girl has several records, but I don’t have a battery handy so I can’t test out her mechanism.  She’s just under twenty inches and is a fabulous clothes horse.  Check out her wardrobe!

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Cynthia in a blue, flocked velveteen coat with pink hat and matching boots.  I think that there was originally a purse that came with this set.  I don’t have it.  : (

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This might be an off-brand, but it fits Cynthia well.  After doing a little research, I believe the purse actually belongs to another outfit.

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The yellow plastic handbag from the previous outfit actually goes with this ensemble.  Records accompanied these separately purchased sets also.  I wonder what they say?

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I like the little detail here.  Note the pocket on her mini dress that is hidden by the vest.

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Pure ’70’s.  Long skirted dress with a ruffle at the hem.  I had a dress like this, back in the day.

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I apologize for the poor photos here, but I hope you can appreciate this outfit.  Check this out:

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Her blouse features a conveniently placed slit so that her record can be changed without undressing her.  And look at the zipper in her pants!  I’m such a dork.  I love things like this.

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Cynthia’s original outfit.

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A battery goes in the back, the records slip into her side.

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Instructions!

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Her groovy storage box.

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Every blonde needs a brunette best friend.  Quick Curl Casey makes a great bff for Cynthia.  Like all besties, they can share clothes and high heeled shoes.  Casey doesn’t play records, though.

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Judging from her condition, Cynthia was a carefully played with doll, lovingly preserved by some child (or perhaps a mother) years ago.  I hope that you enjoyed taking a peak.  Do you have any dolls that you’ve treasured from your childhood?

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2 thoughts on “Throw Back Thursday- Cynthia My Best Friend by Mattel

  1. Oh, Cynthia… a doll high on my wish list :-). This is a great find, she has a lot of cute outfits! And the shoes are so lovely. I have the same jeans, they came with a Tiffany Taylor, but are to big for Tiffany. Now Hasbro Lorifina wears them, but they are also “baggy” for her. I don’t have any dolls left from my childhood, my sister and I had tons of Barbies (and a few Sindys), but they were given away when we got to old to play with them. Lovely post, thanks for sharing this!

    • I love Lorifina, too! I had no idea that she could wear Cynthia clothes (or that Tiffany Taylor could wear some of her things,too!). I wish that Lorifina was still in production. She is such a lovely doll and her clothing and accessories were very well made. Such a wonderful concept.
      Thank you so much for your comments. It’s great to ‘share’ our stories with other doll collectors!

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