This month I'm researching and writing about mid-century bathrooms and the boom of the toilet roll doll. Having acquired my very own crotchet toilet roll doll, she will accompany me to aged care facilities as a reminiscence prop. Am in the process of designing a paper doll for us to paint during our craft classes as we chat and remember crotchet, mid century bathrooms and toilet roll dolls.
With the turn of the 50's, post-war exuberance could be seen everywhere: from the bedroom to the bathroom, home décor glowed Pink. Like most fads that seem to appear overnight, multiply en-mass and then disappear almost completely, such was the case with toilet roll dolls. Dressed in crotchet crinolines in baby blue and buttercup yellow, they sat atop cisterns all over Australia.
For full excerpt: From Pink to Posh, Remembering bathrooms past.