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Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted February 2009 with better photos and additional information.
A little history about Mattel Little Kiddles
Peter Paniddle and Tinkerbell
Oh, this freckled, impish face gets me everytime. Peter Paniddle with Tinkerbell is a 1967 Storybook original. He came with a booklet, and alligator and his Shadow.
The cutest little cowgirl, Calamity Jiddle gallops along on her spotted palomino rocking horse. One of the original 10 Kiddles introduced in 1966, Calamity sports a large black felt hat with a gold strap, a fringed skirt and itty-bitty white cowgirl boots along with a blond ponytail with bangs. And those big blue eyes.
See why these tiny dolls were so endearing to me!
Liddle Middle Muffet and her spider
Little Middle Muffet, also from the Storybook Kiddles set was released in 1966. This cutie with strawberry blond hair came with a less-than-scary spider. Originally included was her pillow, her spoon, curds & whey, and a mini color illustrated storybook.
Another one of the original ten Little Kiddles, Nurse Florence Niddle was released in 1966 as well. She stands just 3-inches tall and wears a low ponytail under her cap and teeny T-strap shoes. Not shown in this photo, I have a yellow stroller that once included a baby wrapped in a blanket.
Blond curls in a high ponytail with straight bangs and a fancy white dress embellished with lace and silver trim was how this Little Kiddles Cinderiddle doll came in 1967. I think she also came with a clothing change of rags as well.
I really lighten up about playing with my old toys and freely allowed my kids and grandkids to play with them. They don’t intermingle them with other toys and play in a place where tiny pieces are less apt to get lost. They love dressing, redressing and loving them the same way I did at their age. That truly warms my heart. And just maybe a few will survive for future chubby hands to hold and play with.
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