I don't remember what prompted me to get Geoffrey. I remember seeing a few of his kind on ebay, usually dressed as a bridegroom (later I found him as a cowboy and Robin Hood). For whatever reason, I was taken with him. I sent an email to my sisters (one is Auntie Berman and the other is Big Sis and both will feature prominently in these posts) that said: "It's the boy groom doll but the seller thinks it's a girl so it was only $2.99 plus $5.55 shipping."
The description was:
THIS IS A 7" VINTAGE HARD PLASTIC DOLL
SHE IS IN VERY GOOD USED CONDITION WITH NO DAMAGE
HER EYES CLOSE WHILE LAYING DOWN
HER HEAD AND ARMS ARE ATTACHED AND
SHE HAS STRAIGHT LEGS
HER HEAD IS PAINTED BLACK AND WAS
PROBABLY TO HAVE A DARK WIG GLUED ON
BUT THERE WAS NEVER ANY GLUE APPLIED
THERE IS NO MAKER'S MARK
THERE IS A HOLE ON THE TOP OF HER HEAD THAT IS INTENTIONAL
I made Geoffrey a nice set of clothes.
Then I saw a grim looking girl doll that I thought would be an appropriate bride. She had been listed before but hadn't sold and the price had been lowered. She arrived and looked even meaner in person. She reminded me of Grandma Murphy, legendary great-grandmother known for thumping small childen on the head with her thimble. I named her Edith after the aforesaid great-grandmother.
But later, when I was inspecting her and getting ready to make her a dress, her hair slipped back and in a scene straight out of the movie Homicidal, Edith was revealed to be Edward!
Next: The Brides