BOAC and BEA Dolls
In common with some other doll manufacturers in the 1960s and early 1970s, Peggy Nisbet made a small range of dolls for both airlines. In those days, flying off on a holiday to Spain was a huge adventure, and passengers were very keen to buy a souvenir of the flight - and this is how these two families of dolls was born!
These dolls were produced as part of the "Jetsell" initiative - This was a Board of Trade promotion to the United States, that took place in April 1968. The range consisted of 17 british characters, (though we can only trace 16 - all listed below), and only 1000 of each doll was produced. These dolls may not have had a Peggy Nisbet model number, though we have some evidence to suggest that they may have included, (or been based on) dolls from the Tower Treasures "K" Series
Can you supply the name of the character missing from our list? Is our list correct?
|Pilot||Steward||Air Hostess||Chinese Stewardess|
|Policeman||Guardsman||English Girl||Indian Stewardess|
|Irish Boy||Welsh Boy||Scottish Dancer Boy||Japanese Stewardess|
|Irish Girl||Welsh Girl||Scottish Dancer Girl||Scots Piper|
The gallery (below) is incomplete, having only six of the reported 17 characters available for a photo session; more pictures will be added as new members of the cabin crew fly in!
(We have also included two (rather poor) pictures of the box used for these dolls - Many collectors will recognise it)
As far as we can discover, the BEA dolls were made after the introduction of the BOAC range, and so would have been available after 1968. The range of characters were mainly National Costume dolls. We do not currently know how many were in the range, or who they were - Can you help fill in some gaps?
We do know that our stewardess would have had a red duffel coat originally, but we guess she left it on an aeroplane somewhere . . .
We managed to find two pictures, (origin unknown), of the BEA Stewardess with her red duffel coat, which we have included on this slideshow
The doll pictures in the two galleries above will auto run as individual slide shows in their respective windows.
Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide shows.
Alternatively, you may control each slideshow manually – follow the steps below :
- Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
- Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
- See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
- Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
- Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode