The speaker is a 65-year-old White woman with a high school education from Yakima, Washington; she was recorded in 1966.
|Inf: I do. I collect dolls, and I love them and I have quite a, a case full of them. Some of those are way over a hundred years old. I have one that I had a wig made from my own hair. When my hair was long, I had it cut and I saved it and had a wig made of it, and the grandchildren can???t believe that Grandma???s hair was ever brown. It???s gray now.
And I have, oh, over a hundred dolls. And I prefer the dolls from way back, years old, antique dolls, because, uh, I think they have more history to them. And I think they have more expressions to their faces than the new dolls do.
FW: What kind of expressions do they have?
Inf: Well, the dolls nowadays have such big eyes they don???t look real. And um, ???course they???re pretty, but I prefer my old dolls. And some of my dolls have regular eyebrows, and the dolls don???t now. And, uh???
FW: I???m sorry. What do you mean by regular eyebrows?
Inf: They have hair on their eyebrows [FW and Inf: Real hair]. Mm-hmm [FW: Oh]. And they also had pierced ears, years ago. And, uh, you can put in pierced earrings. And some of the dolls are in their original clothes [FW: Mm-hmm]. And one that I treasure a good deal is one that, uh, went through a big fire in Portland. And they saved the trunk and this poor old doll was in the original box, and they found it in the trunk, belonged to a jeweler [FW: Oh, my]. And it was given to me. And, uh, they???re the jointed dolls, most of them. [FW: The what?] Jointed dol-
FW: What does that mean?
Inf: Well they have, uh, little ball bearings. Not real [FW: Uh-huh] metal, but, uh, little hinges???
FW: That make their joints move.
Inf: M-, make their joints move. And I have the old china head dolls.
FW: What are they like?
Inf: Their heads, the hair is made right onto the head [FW: Mm-hmm]. It???s all china, painted.