Saturday, November 2, 2019

Remembrance of Things Past

A recently overheard conversation between Sasha and new girl Katy...

Sasha: Pardon me, miss, but haven't we met somewhere before?
Katy: Well, that's hardly an original line!  Although, I must admit I'm enjoying the attention.  You see, it's been a long time since anyone paid attention to me.
Sasha: No, really.  I'm sure that we knew each other once, long ago.

Dayton's department store in the 1960s and 1970s

Daddy Steve: Katy came to me from an eBay seller very close by, in a suburb of Minneapolis.  In the listing, the seller mentioned that she had been her childhood doll; all of this piqued my curiosity.

After I won her, I messaged the seller and asked if she by chance remembered where her doll had been purchased originally. This was her response: "My grandma was an avid doll collector and purchased this doll for me and my sister at Dayton's in Minneapolis in the early 1970s."

Dayton's had a wonderful toy department

Daddy Steve: Just like my boy Sasha, Katy once lived in the toy department of the venerable Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis.  Although she found a home in the early 1970's, she actually dates from 1969.  This is just like my Sasha, a 1968 boy that I got in the early 70s.  Proof that back in the day, these dolls didn't exactly fly off the shelves.

Sasha: Once upon a time, we lived in a very grand palace in the center of town.  It had many floors and seemed to stretch on forever.
Katy: And it was filled with many beautiful things: china and crystal, and fancy furniture.  And clothes!  Lots and lots of pretty clothes!  Of course, they were all too big for us.

Sasha: We spent most of our time a big glass case with other kids like us; all waiting for someone to take us home.

Daddy Steve:  Sadly, Dayton's is long gone but the building that housed it still survives.  Happily, it is currently being restored and re-purposed for offices and shops.  Even the original Dayton's sign with its distinctive fancy script lettering has been resurrected!

The return of a beloved name

Katy: After all these years, I'm glad we found each other again.
Sasha: I am too.


Dee said...

What a lovely coincidence that Sasha and Katie shared a display cabinet back in the day , when Dayton’s was the place to shop.
Such a shame that all these wonderful department stores are vanishing as the way people shop have changed.

Which makes it even more special that these two have found a home together after all these years. Mm those girls are gathering in Gregoropolis, the boys had best start advertising for some male lodger’s... 😀

Sasha's Vintage Boutique said...

how wonderful they found each other again! Is Katy named after her original Mom?

Serenata said...

I love stories like this, to know a bit of history of where they came from etc...and how wonderful to think they probably were in the same shop possibly at the same time is quite amazing. They look pleased to be reunited.