Tressy’s Got Another Secret…


 She’s the latest inductee to the

  P.B.D.S. Doll Hair Hall of Fame!

“Short or long or in-between, Tressy’s hair makes her a queen!”

1963 was a big year for budding little hair stylists! Standing in the doll isle, at the very beginning of their little hair-styling careers, girls and boys were faced with a truly impossible choice; should they go with wigs or hair that really grows? “Why can’t I just have both?” some would cry, stamping their patent leather Mary-Jane’s or suede Hush Puppie’s into the polished linoleum. “Because Mother says so, that’s why!” was the curt and unreasonable answer for many a future bad seed!

Brazenly wearing Barbies designer outfits in her debut commercial above, (“All About Eve” anyone?) Tressy dazzled you with bouffant’s, page-boys, flips, and even “long with braids” hairdo’s. The options were endless, and enticing enough for many die-hard Barbie fans to jump ship, at least momentarily, and lay down their hard-earned allowances for Tressy.


Going “head to head” with Mattel’s ‘Fashion Queen’ Barbie,  American Character’s unique offering to the fashion doll hair-play trend was ‘Tressy’ – and she had a secret! Not just any secret mind you, but an almost unbelievable one, “Her hair grows!” Yes, right out of her little vinyl head.


Using Mattel’s magic formula for success, Tressy was Joined by best friend ‘Mary Make-Up’ (Midge!) and little sister ‘Cricket’ (Skipper!).


 Tressy’s little brass key to happiness was packed in every box, which not only let you wind her long hair back into her tiny head, but could also unlock the doors of her cardboard penthouse apartment, millinery shop and of course, (clutch the pearls, Mary Make-Up!), her own beauty salon! Take that Bab’s!


The staff of the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa admit they are more than a bit jealous of the fabulous Tressy Beauty Salon!


You could gag a Gabor sister with the myriad of glamorous hair and beauty products available in Tressy’s world!


Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda, the Gabor sisters, ready to gag on the glamour of Tressy’s world!

Here’s a small sampling dahlings!




Much like her rival sister in vinyl Barbie, Tressy and her family and friends were hugely popular with fashion doll lovers here at home as well as in Europe for many years. But all good things must come to an end and Tressy’s bouffant unfortunately fell flat in the later 1960’s as the American Character company went out of business.


The Pink Bubbles Doll Spa

congratulates and welcomes Tressy, the little doll with the big secret,

to the Doll Hair Hall of Fame!

8041147644_7bd0163912Living quietly in Santa Barbara, California, a retired Tressy was thrilled to hear of her induction into the Doll Hair Hall Of Fame!

 Looking ageless, she wanted to thank her fans by posing for this rare recent photo.

“Thank you all for remembering me and for this wonderful honor!”




New “Doll Hair Hall Of Fame” Inductee!


Pink Bubbles Doll Spa

congratulates and welcomes

Mattel’s 1963

“Fashion Queen”

Barbie doll

into the hallowed halls of the Doll Hair Hall Of Fame!


In 1963, lucky little girls & boys across the land finally got to experience the Wonderful World of Wig-dom! Many children who had earned their way onto Santa’s “Nice” list could now dabble in the exciting world of quick, fashionable hair-do changes once reserved only for their Mothers, Aunts and an occasional perpetually single Uncle on their own!

barbieSee, didn’t Mother tell you “It pays to be nice!”

Wigs became a very popular fashion accessory at the time. With a snap of a finger, or more likely 45 minutes in front of a mirror adjusting it, your Husband could come home to find an exciting blonde, a fiery redhead or even a naughty brunette serving him his dinner! Those were the days, remember girls! Trying to hold on to your man’s waning attention, even though he’s gone all day, working in that big fancy office, with all those loose tramps in the secretarial pool…oh, I’m sorry… I drifted off topic, where was I?…Oh, I remember, wigs!


A woman’s hair is her crowning glory! No one ever said you couldn’t have an arsenal of  “crowns” did they! Throw on a pair of 1960’s era colored, hard contact lenses, and you’re in for a very uncomfortable night on the town or a not very relaxing evening at home, with an over-heated scalp and bulging red eyes, fulfilling your husbands secret desire to cheat on you!

Always on the cutting edge of trends, Barbie joined in on the fun and got to wear hot itchy wigs to project an over-powering image of allure for her favorite “boy-toy” Ken!


Here is a photo of a pair of  rare prototype “Fashion Queen” Barbie’s. Notice the one on the right is sporting a very natural “banana yellow” painted hairdo. Looks like someone left the stylist’s chair without waiting for her Roux Fanciful Rinse!

Missed the wig boat in 1963? No problem, just check out Mattel’s re-release of their classic “Fashion Queen” Barbie doll! Like a good wig, you can hardly tell it’s not the real thing!


So may I present, the second inductee into the

Pink Bubble’s Doll Hair Hall Of Fame,

Miss “Fashion Queen” Barbie!

Long live the queen!

In parting, please enjoy this selection of glamorous photos featuring

our very own Pink Bubbles Doll Spa wig model, 

Miss Sybil (“Skitz” to her friends)  O’ Phrenia!

She’s Irish!

Take it away Sybil!


Feeling a little feisty? Try Model #001 – “Rusty!”


How about a night on the town! Try Model #002 – “Tango!”


Leave a lasting impression with Model #003 – “Zsa-Zsa!


Ready to cast a love spell? Try Model #004 – “Endora!”

All wig models and styles available in our gift shop. Please see Beatrice for your complimentary fitting!