Skipper Highlight Reel: Purse Pal Doll Case, 1965
The Purse Pal Doll Case has been on my watch list for a long time. It’s quite a unique piece when it comes to Skipper cases. Made by Standard Plastic Products (SPP) in 1965, this purse shaped case is special for a few different reasons. First, it’s not labeled Skipper, Barbie or even Mattel. Also, unlike other cases that feature large graphics of Skipper in action poses, this case features a scaled down Skipper wearing her token look Red Sensation. Skipper stands in a doll-like pose on a shelf alongside other toys, like a guitar, horse and books. (It’s worth noting that SPP worked on various licensed cases for Mattel, so they would have been familiar with her look and had similar graphics to play with already.)
Below the shelf is a girl, sitting by what looks like a miniature Susy Goose furniture set. Stars fall down from the top of the purse, past Skipper, towards the girl and play set next to her. This element draws your eye to the Skipper doll, which makes me think SPP thought it would be a clever way to market this case to girls.
The purse has two spots to place your doll and her accessories.This example is very, very clean! There’s no rust or rips, which is rare nowadays.
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While this purse pal case has a small strap suitable for hanging at the crease of your elbow, there is a pink version floating around that has a longer strap. Overall, this is a pretty awesome case and I’m happy to have added it to my collection! Do you own this case? What do you think of the design? Share your thoughts in the comment area!