While I was on a holiday in Russia, I discovered my childhood doll that I used to love very much. She was given to me by my parents as a present on my first day of school – on 1st September 1980. I presume she was made in about 1979-1980 and therefore is 33-34 years old.
She still has her full original outfit of a Russian schoolgirl of that time – brown dress with white collar and cuffs and white apron (her red pioneer tie was my own addition from the 1980s because every Soviet child was wearing it at school from about the age of 9 or 10).
However, she used to have rooted hair of a carrot red colour which was completely destroyed with time, so my mum and I have restored her by putting a new wig on her which suits her perfectly.
The doll has never had a name and I have always simply called her “Schoolgirl”. So, here she is. The photographs were taken next to one of schools in Russia.