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.