Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sparkle Plenty and Maggie Muggins
Before Barbie, before Chatty Cathy, there was Sparkle Plenty (1947). Sparkle was the daughter of B O Plenty and Gravel Gertie, two hideous characters from Dick Tracy, and sold in the millions. Maggie Muggins was Canadian, a character from the CBC. Maggie first appeared on radio and then crossed over to television in 1954. The photo below is from Ebay. Sparkle sported 'Magic Skin' while Maggie came with an anatomically correct belly button.