I bought this set on eBay. I just love it and I was surprised and delighted to see the 1986 sticker on the back of the tray:
This must be one of the original Lucia sets. The tray has the horizontal, slightly heart-shaped handles but they don't have two little holes in them like some do.
The Lucia buns look handmade, like some of the early clay food in the historical girls' lunches, with the odd fingerprint here and there. I think they look more realistic than the later buns which are too symmetrical and really look like plastic.
The candle, candleholder and cloth don't seem to have changed much over the years. Unfortunately, the flower sprig is missing from my set but I think I will make my own. This is a great little set and so important for Kirsten.
Last Edit: Oct 2, 2011 22:53:47 GMT -5 by geneva26
Addy's work shoes are very simple black leather flats with two flaps that tie together across the top.
I like these shoes, which I believe are the only low shoes Addy has. It's nice to have something for her which isn't a boot. They fit my PM Addy well although I do have to undo the laces completely to get them on her feet. My only complaint is the name, "work shoes." The catalog description says "Lace up Addy's sturdy black shoes when she's ready to tackle her after-school chores," and I've seen a catalog illustration of her in her work dress and these shoes, working in the garden. But wouldn't her meet boots have been both sturdier and more appropriate for chores? Somehow I don't see her changing from boots into low shoes to go work outside. For my Addy, these shoes are more like casual or even party shoes.
Grade: A for looks, C for not really being work shoes.
Last Edit: May 14, 2011 22:03:11 GMT -5 by geneva26
My lunchbox is probably from the late 1980s and was apparently stored in a humid environment, because it's evenly rusted all over. Even rusted, it doesn't look that bad--as long as you don't know it was supposed to be shiny. It would have been nice though if they had used a non-rusting but still historically appropriate metal like tin or tin-plated steel.
This is such a beautiful, detailed, and functional set. I love that the paint box and palette are real wood. I have the five-tube set, and apparently there is a variation in the paint tubes. One, which I'm sure is older, has metal tubes (it looks like the six-tube set had the same). The other has the same colors in plastic tubes. The metal tubes, while very realistic, are easily crumpled and probably easily torn. The original owner of my metal set told me that the yellow tube started leaking and had to be thrown out. Plus, another of the tubes looks a little corroded at the base. Although my inclination is to prefer anything made of metal over plastic, I think the switch to plastic in this particular case was probably wise.
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2010 23:16:30 GMT -5 by geneva26
I haven't seen a picture of the original "real" gourd for Addy anywhere here so this is mine:
I really like that it is obviously the real thing. The inside of the neck shows where it was scraped out, and the outside is imperfectly polished, but that makes it look authentic.
On the con side, it is incredibly light. I'll bet it weighs less than 1/2 ounce, and it feels like you could crush it without trying too hard. Maybe that's another reason they switched to plastic gourds.
I'm not clear on whether the plastic gourds ever came with stoppers. I think I remember that the original paperwork suggested using a bit of cloth or a clump of grass as a stopper--just as Addy might have done.
The winter outfit was always one of my favorites for Kirsten and one of the first I got. I agree, the strings in the sleeves are a pain, but I just figure that's what you get from hand knitting! I saved this paper that came with the set because I thought it was so cute:
Yeah, my Kirsten's wrists aren't that skinny either!
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2009 15:24:42 GMT -5 by geneva26