Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice 

By Clinton J. Holloway


The second well-known verse in Robert Southey’s poem, “What All the World Is Made Of,” goes like this:


“What are little girls made of?/Sugar and spice and all things nice!/That’s what little girls are made of!”


Unlike their male counterparts, in which the “ingredients” vary, little girls are always made from “sugar, spice and all things nice.” I suppose everyone with a little girl in their lives will concur and affirm the sweetness of their own little angel (though there might also be a tinge of spice keeping things lively!)


When I think of sweet little girls (made of sugar and spice of course!) with plump rosy cheeks and a mass of blond curls, the picture that comes to mind is that of Shirley Temple, one of the earliest child stars, born in 1928. Temple appeared in her first film at the age of three and almost immediately became a movie star and merchandising icon, her cherubic face appearing on literally everything.


Booth W-412 has a large coloring book featuring Shirley, remarkably, little used (dated 1935), for only $10 (photo, above right). Booth B-209 is offering the often-seen cobalt blue glass child’s mug with a white “screen print” of Shirley for $22.50 with 30% off (photo, left). This particular item was reproduced in the 1970s and 1980s, so be careful of fakes out there on the market. Thankfully this one is an original.

(My grandmother often commented to me, when we would visit flea markets, that her younger sister had one of these mugs while growing up. Perhaps there was a bit of jealousy over the round-cheeked little sister?)


Booth B-172 is offering an amazing two-and-a-half foot tall Simon Halbig Doll for $1,295 (photo below). Though not labeled as “Shirley Temple,” this monumental Halbig doll could, sure as the world, pass for “Curly Top.” She has a beautiful wig and wears a lovely blue satin dress.


In my previous article on boys, I mentioned several iconic pop culture “boys,” including Raggedy Andy, who is likely overshadowed by his more popular sister, Raggedy Ann. She first made her debut in 1915. He red yarn hair and triangular nose has been loved by girls for almost 100 years. This Raggedy Ann, together with her brother, is offered by Booth B-175 for $18, in excellent condition (photo, left). They would make a lovely and affordable present for any little girl or doll collector.


Speaking of iconic girls who have becoming marketing geniuses, whom else can we name? Just in the doll line I can think of many, including Madame Alexander and the America Girl dolls. The Morton Salt Girl was an advertising symbol known to generations. In literature and film we find all sorts of Princesses that have inspired. Thanks in large part to Disney, there are many collectibles in this genre. So if it is sugar, spice and all things nice you are after, you have many young ladies from which to choose.

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