Children who played with dolls deep down wanted their dolls to come to life and speak. Mattel made that possible by introducing Chatty Cathy in the 1960s. Chatty Cathy was the revolutionary talking doll that inspired many others after her.
By pulling a string, any young girl could make Chatty Cathy speak. Her little snippets of dialogue would say phrases such as “please brush my hair.” Young girls now had a doll that could speak to them and make pleasant little demands. From 1960 to 1964, every little girl wanted to find Chatty Cathy under their Christmas tree or as a birthday present.
Types of Chatty Cathy Dolls
The voice behind the famous talking dolls is a woman named June Foray. Chatty Cathy dolls are created with vinyl and have soft faces, which is the preferred choice among collectors. Standing at 20 inches tall, these talking dolls won the hearts of many. Authentic models come with a marking on their back that includes the copyright date and the doll’s name.
The original Chatty Cathy came with blonde hair, but there have been brunette and redhead dolls made as well made in 1962. She also came with either blue or brown eyes. The early Chatty Cathy dolls came with two distinct outfits. One was a blue dress with white overblouse and blues shoes. The other outfit was a red sunsuit and a red sleeveless garment and overskirt. Chatty Cathy did not enter the homes of children without her accessories which included a story book and shoehorn.
The ultimate Chatty Cathy dolls is the original one with blonde hair, blue eyes and a soft vinyl face. Chatty Cathy came in either a pink cartoon box, an aqua box with a window or two picture boxes that featured photos of the doll. Mattel also produced African American Chatty Cathy dolls that are rare finds today.
The details and craftsmanship of Chatty Cathy allowed the doll to become a major hit during the 1960s when doll making was at its peak. Mattel not only made a breakthrough in the toy industry with Barbie, but it also brought an innovative change to dolls. The pull-string mechanism on Chatty Cathy that allowed her to speak made every little girl want one.