They actually were in excellent shape, considering they'd been heavily played with and then stored for years. Luckily, my parents stored them in a cool dry spot (the back of my bedroom closet). They sustained no damage, mustiness, or falling hair. After they got back from Susanna, they are as beautiful as they ever were!
This is Maria, my first Sasha doll. She is a 1966 Goetz brunette.
No falling hair (although she did lose some hair from a six-year-old's
rough combing). Susanna did a wonderful job rerooting her hair
and resolving my 30-year-long guilt at not having treated her right!
Her original clothes have been lost, but I was lucky enough to find
an early Gotz pink striped dress that looks similar to her original
short-sleeved pink dress.
I got Lina in 1967. She is a Goetz blonde from that year.
She originally came in the brown cord dress with the white
waffle pique apron and white leather centersnap shoes.
I was very fortunate to come across an early Goetz outfit
from 1967 that is identical to the one Lina originally wore.
Now, thanks to Susanna's care and a little luck, Lina looks
quite a bit like I remember when I took her out of her
orange and white Creative Playthings box on Christmas
Here is a close-up of her face that I like:
More photos of Lina:
More photos of Laura:
I also have Laura's crayon tube. The cardboard top of the tube says, "Frido Ltd. Made in England 4-109 Sasha Kilt".
I even have the original receipt from Clark's Gift Cottage in West Lafayette, Indiana, from when my mom bought her for $16.95 and a ballet outfit for $6.50. Notice that sales tax in Indiana in 1969 was only 2%!
Another photo of Lita:
I have Lita's crayon tube as well, although it's
missing its cardboard top.
Laura and Lita reunited at last...