Monday, 14 June 2010

Raspberry Tart

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When reading the latest edition of Lula magazine, I was most taken with the Strawberry Shortcake theme running through the magazine. The Raspberry Tart cover was my favourite, my eye immediately caught by Sonia Rykiel's noticeable style.

After reading the interview with Strawberry Shortcake creator, Muriel Fahrion, I couldn't help but research a little further into this cute little character. I managed to find one of the little miniatures on Ebay and have given her her own Lula photoshoot too!

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The original design of Strawberry Shortcake and her cat Custard were made in 1977, while Fahrion worked at American Greetings Cards. The Strawberry Shortcake line of characters each had their own fruity or dessert-themed name with clothing to match, and they each had a dessert or fruit named pet. Like the Strawberry Shortcake doll, all the other characters dolls' had hair scented to match their dessert theme. The characters lived and played in a magical world known as Strawberryland.

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Raspberry Tart was first introduced in 1979. There are two regular versions of her. The first is the first issue and the second is the second issue with Rhubarb Monkey. She was also made into a rag doll and a Sweet Sleeper. In 1991 she was reissued with a few of the other dolls. She also has four regular miniatures and one deluxe miniature. Rhubarb Monkey was also made into a plush pet and is very rare. She is one of the few girl dolls not wearing a dress and her shoes vary widely in colour from almost white to a deep pink.

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The poor girl has since had her name changed to Raspberry Torte due to modern unfavourable connotations. The version I bought from Ebay is Raspberry and Tasty Sundae - "Raspberry Sundaes are berry yummy".

Information from Strawberry Shortcake and Wikipedia.

39 comments:

  1. I love Strawberry Shortcake! It was such a fab theme for Lula. This little miniature is so cute. I'm a sucker for things like this... proof I will never grow out of dolls.

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  2. Oh I crave Lula, but where I live it seems impossible to be able to get it! The downside of living in a small town :)

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  3. Aww I can't believe they had to change her name!

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  4. Strawberry Shortcake definitely still has a place in my heart!

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  5. Aw I love Strawberry Shortcake, what a great post! That article made me really nostalgic!

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  6. Oh, that is just the cutest! She's so sweet, I love the shoot you gave her:)

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  7. Oh I soooo love strawberry shortcake! Used to have an outfit like hers lol:-) Love it all, reminds me of when I was a lil girl!

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  8. I have a Strawberry Shortcake pajamas.

    Lula magazine has such an attractive look...

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  9. That is so cute! I feel a sudden need to wear lots of bay pink :)

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  10. So cute! The only childhood video recorded of me is me screaming about the Strawberry Shortcake Doll I have just un-wrapped.
    Great Photos too btw.

    xxx

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  11. I loved Strawberry Shortcake growing up! It's neat to read a little history about this!

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  12. i used to watch Strawberry Shortcake cartoons every Saturday morning. those were soooo much fun!

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  13. awww!! They changed her name?!?! Really?? This is such an adorable post! I love the lil figurine.

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  14. She is so adorable and I love the way you did the photo shoot with her. I seriously feel inspired to get a minature of her now too.

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  15. Awww I remember loving this as a child!

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  16. So cute...great discovery for me:)

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  17. Awww cuteness! I used to love Strawberry Shortcake!! :)

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  18. Cute!! I loved strawberry shortcake so much when I was younger. (and I adore Lula!!) xx

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  19. I need to buy lula magazine sometime. it looks so cute

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  20. Ahh so cute!! I still have not ventured out and bought a copy of Lula....maybe I should change that!

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  21. I LOVE strawberry Shortcake!!!

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  22. I'll never forget how *good* Strawberry Shortcake smelled, lol!

    Have a wonderful day :)

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  23. I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was younger. I had Strawberry Shortcake and custard, also Lemon Meringue Pie and Blueberry Pie. Yum.

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  24. These images are just beautiful!!

    Love LULA soooooo much :)

    Char x

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  25. I was just looking for some of these, but of the actual dolls.
    I reaaaaally want blueberry muffin!!!


    much love!!
    kirstine.

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  26. I honestly have no idea why, but Strawberry Shortcake was a nickname that stuck for a while when I was younger. I'm only short, but i'm definitely not strawberry! I always loved her character though (even though I hated my nickname) ;)

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  27. awww this is sooooo cute! she's still strawberry shortcake to me! :)

    **come enter for my Summer Love giveaway!**
    xxjess

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  28. I loved that little lady, did she smell or is that just just my sentimental imagination? Pity they changed Raspberry's name!! Such a thing as being too PC!

    xxx

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  29. Oh i've just notcied your mobile blogging button, what a great idea!

    xxx

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  30. I adored Strawberry Shortcake as a kid!

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  31. God I really want a copy of Lula mag but they are hard to find in Wales!!
    http://daisymay-dayz.blogspot.com

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  32. The pictures are so cute :)

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  33. oh I was absolutely crazy about Strawberry shortcake as kid, I had a lot of the gadgets with her image, notebooks, pens,stickers, etc... but I never had that exquisite miniature!! now I want it so bad... and I am over 30!LOL!

    thank you for this really sweet reminder of a childhood obsession

    xo

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  34. haha! this is cute and i love that red outfit in Lula..really must subscribe to that magazine!

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  35. Paula, you always have the cutest post ideas! And by the way, yes, I have two or three vintage crinolines here. Are you interested in some pictures?

    Love: Dotti

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  36. They changed her name? I didn't hear anything about it!

    I laughed at the last line. It's very childish and cute.

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