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Mar 12, 2011

GUY WEEK FINALE -- New Kids on the Block + pattern winners!

Friends, you've made me so very happy. I'm so glad you came into my life.  Wait, that's the radio -- yup, I'm back in the bagel shop/Wi-Fi hotspot.  Still no home internet.

And did I mention that you make me feel like a natural woman?

Joking aside, you have made me very happy during the First Annual MPB Guy Week which, sadly, ends today!  We've had such fun together -- we've laughed, cried, and shaved, shaved, oh, how we've shaved.

I know I am supposed to announce the winners of Thursday's DOUBLE men's pattern giveaway, so here they are:

The winner of the Simplicity shirt/vest pattern is....

MPB reader and shaving fan, J.C!

Let's give him (her?) a big hand and maybe a razor!

The winner of the McCall's "Carefree" pajama/robe pattern (complete with sunglasses and beer can) is....

Stumpton, Oregon's own
Valerie S.!

J.C. and Valerie, please email me (Peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) your respective addresses and I'll ship these treasures off to you ASAP.  Thanks for participating and congratulations again!

There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun -- whoops, sorry, the radio again and if I didn't Google those lyrics I'd never have known what they were singing about despite having heard that song for more than forty years.

As you can tell I'm a little unfocused this morning -- I'm not good with endings, I'm afraid, and that oldies station is distracting.

Bottle of Wine, Fruit of the Vine... 

Here's some real news: Male Pattern Boldness is currently profiled over at the Threads Magazine site, do you believe it?  Longtime readers won't learn anything about me they don't already know -- I mean, you've seen me shave -- but you can read the article here and please free free to click the Love it button as many times as seems reasonable and believable.

Hot Fun in the summertime!  (Hi, hi, hi, hi there...)

Equally as exciting perhaps was the package I received in the mail yesterday -- actually three.

Allan got a lovely vintage knit sweater with shawl collar.  So cute!

Next, I have added a little diversity to my doll collection.  Meet Ben (my name for him; I think he's actually Baywatch Ken based on his skimpy, Baywatch-branded original outfit.  He's (relatively) contemporary, obviously.

If you feel like giving me a lifetime of devotion, I second that emotion.

But the real prize was this package of four dolls I paid $12 for:

There was really only one doll I wanted here, but I wanted it very badly and he wasn't even listed in the eBay auction heading, just included in the photo.

Here's what I got:

A reproduction Midge in nothing but reproduction panties and gold necklace.  She's pretty but you can see that she has a matte finish to her face you don't see on the original dolls.  She's not the one I'm interested in.

There she was just a-walkin' down the street, singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do..."

Then there was this doll disaster, which looks like she was put together from odd doll parts, backwards.  I think she may be a Tammy or one of Tammy's Ideal-brand family.  Anybody know?  Obviously she was not the reason I bought this lot.

There was also another Live Action Ken in near-mint condition -- always a delight, but still not the reason I was so excited.

Friends, the doll I was truly jazzed about was...


Patient readers and doll lovers the world over, Brad is the first-ever male African-American fashion doll, released in 1968 I believe.  This was at the beginning of Ken and Barbie's mod period, and needless to say Brad had an entire mod wardrobe all his own, arguably a bit mod-er than even Mod Ken's.  Anyway, after I cleaned him up and dressed him he looked fantastic.

I'm not going to go into the reasons why I think Brad is dark chocolate brown and "Ben" is cafe au lait, but it wasn't an arbitrary decision and I think it's part of why Brad is such a desirable doll today.  I love him.

What's best of all is that everybody gets along, new kids and old kids, though Ken remains a bit uptight compared to the others.

Friends, we're nearly out of time.  I hope today's entry is a fitting ending to Guy Week; there's still so much more I could share and will share in the weeks ahead.  It doesn't have to be Guy Week to talk about guy stuff, obviously.

BTW, I've named Live Action Ken Brett and Malibu Ken Grant.  I hope you're OK with that and thanks for all your wonderful suggestions earlier in the week.

I hope this week I've enlightened some of you and not alienated too many others.  I'm working on a groovy thing, baby and, I mean...well, you know.

Have a great day, everybody!   

Will you still love me tomorrow?


  1. Love the vinyls! They look like they are having one super-groovy party.

  2. Peter, your writing is... well, sew GROOVY!! ;)
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

  3. I'm feeling that Ken just might be feeling a little jealous of all these new 'fellows' taking your attention. Kind of like when parents bring a new 'sister or brother' home.
    "don't worry sonny, we have more than enough love to go around"

    REALLY????? you have been giving me your undivided attention and now I have to SHARE IT!!!!

    I am wondering if poor Ken is believing this, especially with all this talk of chocolate brown and cafe au lait....You need to get out of that internet cafe before YOU turn into a cappuccino.

  4. Brad looks like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, host of Nova!

  5. Seems like your latest additions are just in time for the big 50th Birthday party.

  6. That blond doll is Sindy from Pedigree. She's a English doll that in the 70's someone tried to introduce to America. I don't think she sold very well, I got that exact same one for Christmas this year (second hand). I mention her a few times over on my blog, click the "Sindy" tag to find out when I talk about her.
    At this rate your collection is going to rival my own, although mine is focused on Barbie. Although Brad is on my wish list, him and Christie.

  7. Without meaning to insult your other guys, how did Ben sneak in there? Unlike the rest of your crew, he looks as if he's got a real face! Wonder if his designer was summarily fired???

  8. Whew! Gloria, for a moment there I thought you were talking about MINE.

  9. You're gathering quite the tribe of Vinyls! Alan's sweater is quite charming.

  10. I just discovered your blog, and it's wonderful. Thanks

  11. Welcome, Lee! Sometimes we actually talk about sewing -- LOL.

  12. You show yourself shaving, but the Threads people have a picture of sewing in your kitchen!! The kitchen is beautiful, by the way. And I still think you need to tweak your living room.

  13. Anonymous, if truth be told, that's Michael's parents' kitchen in suburban New Jersey; I didn't write the captions.

    "Tweak my living room" as in clean it? I'm open to suggestions. Just don't make me put my dolls away.

  14. Brett and Grant are great names. I'd never seen Ben or Brad before, but as I mentioned in an earlier comment, I was never really into Barbies or other dolls as a kid.

  15. How have you managed guy week with the miles and miles of tulle? I loved it! All the Vinyls are lovely and I'm secretly so jealous. I so wanted a Ken when I was younger! Didn't have one, but Barbie did spend some serious quality time with GI Joe and Joe West. Love, love, love your blog!

  16. Whoo! I'm living vicariously through you playing with your Ken dolls, I think. I miss my Barbies :(

  17. Your apartment must be getting crowded, just as well you sold a few sewing machines!
    I had a Daisy doll instead of a Barbie, she had big blonde curls - well until the day I brushed her hair and the plastic straightened out :(

  18. What a colourful collection of boy dolls. Love them all, so spiffy.

  19. Love your new vinyls Peter, Ben is a dead ringer for Smokey Robinson. x

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!! on your $12 buy that included the very sought after "brad" doll. you really "lucked out" there.
    i had a similar "luck out" with my "brad" doll too!! i bought a group of 4 guy dolls (brad was part of the group too) and i paid $40. so, it came out to $10 each. i still did good, but not as good as you did with your "brad"!!!
    i don't have a "ben" doll like your's but i do also have the 2 versions of the black sunsational malibu "ken" dolls. one has the painted curly hair and the other has the rooted curly afro hair. which by the way, looks like mattel used the "brad" face-mold for him. cuz he looks alot like "brad" in the face. i really think mattel reused the "brad" face-mold for him.
    anyways, i just wanted to say, i love your guy dolls. and also wanted to let you know that my "brad" is part of my "malibu" gang (and of course, he's paired up with good ol' malibu "christie") ;o)
    take it easy. & loved your pictures of the guy dolls....
    peace & love......

    1. Sounds like you have a nice doll collection, Christina. I must say, Brad is one of my favorites.


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