The impoverished doll came without shoes and dressed in a burlap sack with patches and a safety pin holding the outfit together. The doll had oversized eyes and just looks somewhat demonic and creepy.
With large sad brown/red eyes, a drooping mouth, and mop of unkempt blond hair, Little Miss No-Name’s piteous state was accented by a large plastic teardrop that could be inserted into a hole under her one of her eyes. Adding to her plight, the doll’s hand was molded such that, when her arm was extended, she appeared to be begging.
Hasbro emphasized Little Miss No-Name’s plight in its advertising. Print ads often played up what “the Doll with the Tear” lacked:
She doesn’t have a pretty dress.
She doesn’t have any shoes.
She doesn’t even have a home.
All she has is love.
The doll’s packaging presented Little Miss No-Name standing outside in a cold, slushy snowstorm. Hasbro doubled-down on the Little Miss No-Name’s backstory with this personal plea on the box:
I need someone to love me
I want to learn to play
please take me home with you
and brush my tear away
The doll’s shelf life lasted just a few years. But while she was on the market, Hasbro pulled out all the stops, including a cross-promotion with Borden’s Dutch Instant Chocolate Flavored Mix in 1968:
Your vintage finds are at the same time disturbing and reassuring in a sick way – they reveal more of the long game than we might have otherwise seen.
So they instigated economic barrenness, then attempted to sway the public trying to get through these times as best they could by telling them “love’s not enough”, but in doing so made them discard the love bit entirely (in the name of love for this crying icon) in hopes of working to feed their machine and avoid crushing poverty in the future. They sold out family for chasing wealth (which never brings true security as it is fleeting, as they say), enriched themselves, and gave the public a bit more financial resources than before, all while driving men’s pay down so women had to work, too, to make the rough equivalent of what men used to make as sole providers. They literally gained twice the productivity for the same cost, drove our children into their schools and broke up homes and told us they were saving us in doing it. And feminists saw it as a win.
As an aside, did you know chess started out as a four-player game? Strategy used to be encouraged. Now we see two player as genius and even they can’t see what these bloodsucking ghouls have been strategizing all along.
Also, around the same period they were driving down men’s salaries they were also destroying pension and other benefits. So, slightly higher pay for far less wealth and they make even more for themselves in the carving out of benefits.
Aw poor lil miss no name 🙁
But seriously what does this have to do with anything?
You will have to take a poor refugee into your home, thats what.
Look at her face. Poor baby doll has symptoms of FAS: a very thin upper lip, a short upturned nose, and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip.
Meaning her “mother” was a raging alcoholic during pregnancy. How sad.
Looks like panda eyes to me
Delete, I’m struggling to figure out how this ties in to our usual articles. Can you help me?
So cute! I want one
Brilliant marketing tbh. Really triggers the urge to protect and go, “Awww, poor thing”.
You are quite the archivist, Delete!
helllll nawwwwww lmfaooooooooooooooooooo
It was Anne Heche as a little girl.