Saturday, February 4, 2012

Is That You, Eugene?

This doll from the 1980's is cute in a mega cephalic, marigold lipstick and eye shadow kind of way.  He is marked "Eugene Doll", but that is his maker, not his name.  I don't know his name.  I'm pretty sure he is not going to tell me.

I thought at first he might be one of the soup pimps, a Campbell Kid.  Then I looked at some of them.  Are the chubby tots permanently stoned or do they have a serious contagious medical condition that makes their eyes huge and buggy?

They probably caught whatever it is by hanging around with a big eyed Keane kid from the 1960's.  Egad. 

Or of a Precious Moments pill.

I think these scary, freakish doll kids are used to remind real human boys and girls how completely powerless they are. 

Grownups are good at using dire consequences to scare kids …..

          Santa will bring you coal instead of presents if you're naughty.
          If you don't believe in Jesus, you will burn in Hell for all eternity.
          If you don't eat your peas, little children in China will starve.
          No you can't have a BB gun.  You'll put your eye out.
          If you don't behave you'll be sent away to live with the freaky big eyed children.

No wonder kids have nightmares.

Thanks Mom and Dad.

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