Girl in a plastic wig from 1963


56 Responses to “Girl in a plastic wig from 1963”

  1. Kyle Armbruster says:


  2. Dante says:

    Great photo. It is amusing to me that Fisher-Price still sells those anthropomorphic rotary phones. What youth of today is gonna know what a rotary phone is?

  3. victoria thorne says:

    …my sister and I had them…best thing: the brown one turned my red hair into an incredibly stylish brunette-hair-do…just like my gorgeous mother’s…worst thing: the glamour was short lived, as the wigs were SO insanely HOT…not made, I was sure, for little girls who lived in southern california…

    but, I tell you, with 3 PLAY WIGS, strechy stirrup pants, and candy cigarettes, we were the essence of chic…

  4. waugsqueke says:

    @#11 – I had the same reaction. Just a sadness about it. Depressing.

  5. Takuan says:

    you may be sad looking back at yourselves and thinking, “kid, good thing ya don’t know what’s coming”, but now you have the adult duty of keeping that a secret for the benefit of other children today.

  6. arkizzle says:

    Kibble, brilliant :)

  7. june76 says:

    man, i could have used one of these for my daughter who was bald until her 3rd birthday whoo-hoo

  8. pauldrye says:

    Funny thing about rotary phones…they seem to be iconic of “phone”, some sort of technological platonic ideal casting a shadow on our mortal plane.

    I know this because awhile back I showed my little niece the “yipyipyipyipPhone” Sesame Street sketch on YouTube, and she had no difficulty accepting that the object that they were referring to:

    1) Had a rotary dial

    2) Had a banana handset

    3) Made the old-fashioned “ring-ring!” noise like no phone on earth these days, barring a cell phone en-ringtoned by some hipster into retro irony.

    So I’m convinced there’s something going on.

  9. Talia says:

    I’m pretty sure a lot of children’s books, particularly the “classics,” depict telephones the old style. That’s probably where kids pick up on it.

  10. Takuan says:

    gibsy spam reported

  11. noen says:

    That’s because the other option is what? A rectangle? A bluetooth headset? They’re no fun to draw. I can’t tell the difference between the schizophrenics and everyone else any more.

  12. pupdog says:

    Man, if only that were a little kiddie B3 she was sitting in front of…

    This is the sort of picture that deserves to be hanging over a bar somewhere, surrounded by bottles and laughing people.

  13. Stefan Jones says:

    Sometimes looking at a shelf full of old toys at a thrift store gives me a terrible bummer. There’s something about the really old toys shown that’s has a similar vibe.

    But the kid makes the difference here. She’s a real hoot.

  14. lil pup says:

    I got all three wigs for Christmas years ago, have pictures to prove it. I remember thinking I looked so GREAT and CUTE wearing them…

  15. eustace says:

    The look on her face is what makes it priceless.

  16. gwynsen says:

    Too funny, really sureal with just 40 years in between…

  17. Muscato says:

    I’m voting for Grandma as the owner of the mystery leg.

    All I can think of is the dinner table, off in the next room, groaning under the weight of mid-century interpretations of Old Country recipes, not one molecule of which hasn’t been processed, canned, frozen, or invoked from a powder (you just know there’s jello).

    I’ve never seen a surviving Play Wig. I seem to remember they tore rather easily, but on top of that do you suppose they’ve simply rotted away?

  18. Stefan Jones says:

    The phone, or one very much like it, appears in “The Powder Puff Girls” cartoon. The mayor uses it to summon the young superheroes.

    #35: “I’ve never seen a surviving Play Wig. I seem to remember they tore rather easily, but on top of that do you suppose they’ve simply rotted away?”

    My theory is they evolved sapience and migrated to a remote island where they could live in peace.

  19. eustace says:

    The look on her face says,”Do you really think I’m going to pull your finger? Can’t you see how sophisticated I am?”

  20. Discovery5000 says:

    The kids is so lovely but do the adult action!

  21. OregonErik says:


    3) Made the old-fashioned “ring-ring!” noise like no phone on earth these days, barring a cell phone en-ringtoned by some hipster into retro irony

    I’m a ‘hipster into retro irony” because I made my blackberry sound like an actual *phone* ???

    Thanks, I guess. On second thought, I’ll just go back to my corner.

  22. Philbert says:

    Apparently, this phone was one successful product. I also had one (in the Netherlands) and recently I saw one at the consultation bureau.
    My 2 year old had no hesitation in identifying it as a phone either, even though me and my wife always sport cutting edge telecommunications devices.

  23. The Unusual Suspect says:

    Theresa and I must have grown up in the same house.

    I even remember one of my sisters getting that tug-along French poodle for Xmas.

  24. Greet The Day says:

    This was one of the few toys we were denied for sope inexplicable reason…we did have access to candy and bubblegum cigarettes. I would have turned 5 that year and am still not that sophisticated.

  25. Swedish Tommy says:

    Perfect club/rave flyer material!

  26. cniebla says:

    Most AMAZING photo I’ve seen with a wig! :) many, many tnx.

  27. KidDork says:

    The first real laugh I’ve had all day. Mercy buckets.

  28. Hamburger Martyr says:

    Christ on a crutch, it’s the mother of Cabbage Head!

  29. Mitch says:

    This inspires me to invent and market a more
    realistic looking candy cigarette.

  30. romulusnr says:

    I can’t help but think that those wigs must have contained some horrible cancer causing polymer.

    Which if true would be incredibly ironic considering the fake cigarette.

    BTW I had one of those damn phones. “Squirgley squirgle, squirgely squirgle…” In fact they appear to have started making them again, despite the fact that nearly no child today has ever seen a rotary phone nor one with a “banana” handset and cradle-hook.

  31. Tits McGee says:

    That would be the best album cover ever.

  32. Cat Chew says:

    Stellar photo. I seem to remember that in the early 60′s nearly every home I visited had a poodle of some kind: a crocheted booze bottle or bathroom tissue cover, china figurine, assorted toys, poodles embroidered on a pillow, painted on a vase, printed on a calendar or worse, a real one.

  33. Antinous says:

    Oh yeah, it’s all fun and games. Until she grew up to be Aileen Wuornos.

  34. pauldrye says:

    @29: Well, yeah, a rectangle.

    We have this el cheapo handheld casino game; it plays a tinny version of “We’re In The Money” when it “pays out”. Littlest Niece, age 16 months, knows she can crack up the room by picking it up when it does this, holding it to her ear, and saying “Heyyoh?”

  35. megstar says:

    I had that squeaky squonky phone.

  36. Anonymous says:

    She looks just like a young Noel Fielding! (In a good way–as if there is any other way!)

  37. Takuan says:

    “fake” cigarette? Looks like it was made in a do-it-yourselfer rolling mill(five long, cut the paper with a razor blade)

  38. Tego says:

    These comments are hilarious! BTW, it was a real cigarette. I was 11 years old. I set up the picture and took it with my Brownie and bulb flash. The leg I think belongs to my father’s cousin Rosie. My little sister’s name is Marion and I am sure she would love to appear on an album cover!

  39. four12 says:

    Dunno why… this photo makes me really sad.

  40. vwbusnut says:

    And who’s the dude/dudette to the right with the chubby legs? Completely cute, reminds me of my youth

  41. Mina says:

    We had the Poodle, the telephone and the Uncle Wiggley game seen in the background…

  42. schuft says:

    I like the girl’s Wrath-of-Khan-era Star Fleet uniform. Really goes with the big hair.

  43. zuzu says:

    BTW I had one of those damn phones. “Squirgley squirgle, squirgely squirgle…”

    I had that squeaky squonky phone.

    I as well.

    And clearly that cigarette makes her look sophisticated. ;)

  44. Stevezilla says:

    Whoa, that’s just fire-hazardtastic!

  45. Kibble says:

    I also had the phone. I think it was pretty much standard issue in the early 60′s. That leering, suggestive smile…it still sends a shiver up my spine. My imagination still reels at the sort of late night calls you could get on a phone like that.

  46. megstar says:

    Be a poohead

  47. A Nonny Moose says:

    To all who sai they like the “squeaky squonky” phone. That’s a Fisher-Price Chatterbox Phone. I had one, too…

  48. Kibble says:

    “The cow says moo,” said the voice on the other end of the line.

    “Got it,” I replied, “the chicken says bok.”

    The line went dead.

    I sat up and rubbed my still-sleepy eyes.

    So it seemed that Dmitri had put The Cow back in play after all. Time to get Belgrade on the phone. The Beagle would not be pleased.

  49. anthony says:

    Oh no! It’s Devo! (meets Guy Maddin?)

  50. noen says:

    It’s a great photo. Love that smile.

  51. Cornan says:

    I had one of those phones growing up and I grew up in the 80′s. I fully intend to get one for my child/children should I ever have any. I loved that damned thing.

  52. kirakira says:

    Lynda Barry featured the play wigs in one of her books. As I recall, the recipient was horrified at the reality vs advertised wigs- until they became the highlight of “an alien monster has attacked my head” game.

  53. arkizzle says:

    Butch-arms-mum or femme-legs-dad?

  54. Talia says:

    I’m pretty sure I had one of those phones and I grew up in the late 70′s/80′s too. I recognized it right away.

    And after some research….

  55. eustace says:

    Yeah, I remember what it was like before color…

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