This is kinda scary, friends. I’ve reached that age where I’m starting to once again want dolls. At least of the Topper Dawn variety.
Topper Dawn Majorette Dolls via Virgin-Archer on Flickr
This is Kip the Majorette, a 6 1/2 inch doll by Topper Dawn. I mentioned in a blog post a few months ago that I’d always wanted one of these. (See: 1970 Dolls: The Dawn Doll By Topper.) So, for my birthday this year, my mom got her for me. She found her on eBay. Isn’t that awesome!? Thanks, Mom!!
Also, see how I’m calling the doll she and not it? This is how it starts. Before you know it I’ll be cruising around in an RV going to Dawn Doll conventions.
Topper Dawn produced four different majorette dolls during the early 1970s that were part of the Dawn Doll brand. They were Connie, Kip, Dawn, and April.
My obsession with baton twirling was fueled by the girls in the picture above. These are majorettes from Kermit High School located in West Texas. We lived there in the late 1970s and attended football games sometimes. I suppose there is nothing grander for a 9-year-old girl than to see teenagers in gold sequined bodysuits wearing tall metallic boots and wearing velvet capes with fur trim. Disneyland *might* have been more exciting than watching those girls twirl batons, but I doubt it.
If there is one thing that I wish would come back in style it is baton twirling. By the way, guess who that girl is in the Simplicity pattern for the majorette costume? It’s none other than the Generation X actress Lori Loughlin.