Alphonse is a British soldier 'doll'. He was meant to represent a prisoner of the Japanese, which is why he wears a woven raffia hat and has raffia soled black canvas shoes. Otherwise his kit is standard issue UK khaki.
Dear Alphonse was won by my mother in a Red Cross Ball raffle in London; probably around 1944/5.
He was my 'doll'; we grew up together. I've always loved Alphonse. However, for the moment he languishes somewhere in a Brighton loft, which is why I've had to revert to a rather piss-poor drawing. The top part is quite accurate, but the lower part less so.
Underneath his smart exterior Alphonse is a pukka doll, with a hard body, head, and legs, but with his individually made army uniform.
I just hope that someone will take special care of him when I'm no longer around.
He's the original Action Man; MY Action Man.
Lucky Alphonse. Instad of being a prisoner of war he became an Action Man.ReplyDelete
Poor Alphonse - does he not merit a trip to that Brighton loft to try and find him and rescue him?ReplyDelete
I have often wondered what happened to Alphonse. I always understood him to be "Mother's doll". I don't remember the raffia hat but I do remember the handle and steel band that went around his waist to make him walk.ReplyDelete
A shame that he is languishing in a loft - hope there are no moths there.
The more I think of him I remember him having a cloth f/s cap that folded flat into a rectangle. I don't remember those shoes either.Delete
But then I haven't seen him since 1965 at the latest.
He always had that hat and those shoes. I never liked the metal band and handle.... which is probably why they became 'misplaced'.Delete
Look forward to seeing him again (even though it will only be a photo) when you take him from the loft, especially that raffia hat.Delete
18 inches tall??? That was a pretty big doll. Was he jointed?ReplyDelete
No knee or elbow joints. I'm wondering if he isn't a bit taller even.Delete
I do hope you get to see him again.ReplyDelete
I think he needs to be rescued; he is part of your history. And besides your grandsons would probably love to see him.ReplyDelete
I agree with Doc. Alphonse is more than what he appears: he is part of history.ReplyDelete
I suppose you're right, he's certainly the only one of his sort.Delete
I am surprised he hasn't already been played with by the grandsons.ReplyDelete