MARY HARTLINE

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DOES anyone else remember Mary Hartline from the 1950’s television show Super Circus? Well, I do. Except that when I was a kid, I always thought it was called The Mary Hartline Show! If you want more information about her and/or her show, just Google “Mary Hartline”. I liked everything about her – her beautiful long blonde hair, her costume, her boots, and her baton. As a child, I was the proud owner of a Mary Hartline doll, a Mary HartlineDoll dress and her paper dolls. I do still have my doll.

In the early 1950’s, I modeled children’s clothing for a number of the major department stores in Columbus (Lazarus, The Union, etc.). It was loads of fun. In 1952, Mary Hartline came to town to introduce her new line of girls’ clothing. I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Now if I could just actually remember the whole thing! If it wasn’t for having the pictures, it would have been a missing memory.

Hartline paper

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Well, if Mary Hartline had any influence on me it would have to be the following:

1.  White majorette boots with tassels (came later in my junior and senior years!);

2.  Baton (ditto!);

3.  Long, wavy blonde hair; and

4.  Loving elephants!

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16 comments on “MARY HARTLINE

  1. Rosemarie says:

    Yes, I remember. I also had the Mary Hartline boots and baton.

  2. gpcox says:

    I’m in the right age group, but don’t seem to remember Mary. The photos are adorable.

  3. Mary Paulding says:

    As a friend of Mary I am trying to help her find new homes for many of her items. She is very private and active, but is ready to downsize and we would love your input.

  4. lucinda sanderson says:

    So funny. I had The Kelogg Paper Dolls of Mary Hartline as a little child of 4. Untill the Internet, I had no idea of the merchandise. Everything you could want know about Mary Hartline is on The Internet.

  5. I don’t know why I thought of this because it relates back so many years. It was 1954 and our play friends lived next door. Janie was my age, 6, and her younger sister, Judy was 5. Judy had to have eye surgery and the day she went to the hospital, I remember looking out the bedroom window to see her playing out back (it was a chilly day) wearing her little jacket and red corduroy pants. I was concerned for her because I knew she was going to the hospital so I went out to play with her for a bit. She was teaching me a song about the Virgin Mary. Her mother came out and told her it was time to go. I can still see Judy standing in the back window of the car waving to me as they pulled out of the driveway. She had a bad reaction to the anesthesia and died in surgery. Our family went to the wake and buried with her was her prized possession, a Mary Hartline doll, all dressed in red. One day at recess in the Catholic school we attended, it was after her funeral, because the Sister told us to pray for those who had died, I decided to leave the playground and ran to the back of the church where the cemetery was behind the church. I found her grave next to a tree and kneeled down and was praying for her when the priest came up behind me and told me I had to get back to school and I could still pray for Judy even though I was not at her grave. A memory from my childhood …

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