"Chatty Cathy" Talking Doll, circa 1963

Summary

The Mattel Toy Company, owned by Elliott and Ruth Handler, developed some of the biggest-selling toys in American history. Chatty Cathy, with its pull string mechanism connected to a simple photograph record inside the doll, was the first successful talking doll. Introduced in 1960, the doll "spoke" eleven phrases. By 1963, eighteen phrases. Chatty Baby and Charmin' Chatty dolls followed, as well as pull-string talking puppets and soft toys.

The Mattel Toy Company, owned by Elliott and Ruth Handler, developed some of the biggest-selling toys in American history. Chatty Cathy, with its pull string mechanism connected to a simple photograph record inside the doll, was the first successful talking doll. Introduced in 1960, the doll "spoke" eleven phrases. By 1963, eighteen phrases. Chatty Baby and Charmin' Chatty dolls followed, as well as pull-string talking puppets and soft toys.

Artifact

Toy (Recreational artifact)

Date Made

circa 1963

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2004.78.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ann S. Murray.

Material

Plastic
Wool (Textile)
Lace (Needlework)
Velveteen

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 19.5 in

Width: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

embossed on center back: CHATTY CATHY(R) / (C)1960 / CHATTY BABY TM / (C)1961 / BY MATTEL, INC. / U.S. PAT. 3,017,187 / OTHER U.S. & FOREIGN PATS. PEND. / PAT'D IN CANADA 1962

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