The voice on the other end of the line sounded official but warm. “Miss Gene Marshall, please… ”“Speaking. Who’s this?” “This is Oliver Warton from the OWI—the Office of War Information? You were kind enough to help us out with a Victory Garden campaign last year. Now we’re doing one on Civil Defense… ” Gene listened intently—and then said, “I would not only be happy to pose for your posters—but I’d also like to be your first recruit!” And so Gene trained to be her neighborhood’s Civil Defense warden. On the night of her drill, she went about her business as usual, fixing her dinner, feeding the dogs, studying her script for the next day’s shooting… She wanted everything to seem as normal as possible so she would know how she’d react in case of an emergency. Suddenly, it was 9:00 and the siren from the firehouse down the street cut shattered the balmy California night air like a pane of glass. Gene dropped her script, grabbed her warden’s gear and was out the door like a shot! A friendly but stern warning to a group of youngsters playing Kick the Can had them scurrying into their houses and the protective arms of their parents. An amplified conversation with Old Mrs. Sweeney (who was slightly deaf) convinced her to turn off her lights and finish her knitting later, and… In no time at all the drill was complete! Gene had done her part-and the neighborhood was grateful to have such a dedicated (and pretty!) Civil Defense warden! Doing Her Part is a smart suit, circa 1942. To make her rounds, Gene wears a smart and tailored woolen plaid suit with fitted jacket and pleated skirt. Under the jacket is a long sleeved white cotton blouse with open collar. On the sleeve of her jacket, she wears a CD armband showing that she is indeed doing her part. Comes with ribbon-trimmed black felt hat, white ‘pearl’ earrings, shiny black pumps and a copy of Gene’s recruitment poster—and a 48-star American flag.
(Note: I mounted the little poster on thin cardboard; it reads: DO YOUR PART Miss Gene Marshall is doing hers! Check your flashlights Know your neighborhood Be alert Volunteer today!) The costume for Doing Her Part was created by The Gene Team.
Comes with story card, COA, and hang tag. Original packaging no longer extant and not included.NOTE: Due to an apparent flaw in manufacturing, portions of the bodies below the head of Gene and Madra dolls produced by Ashton-Drake between 2002 and 2005, inclusive, have an unfortunate but inherent tendency to yellow over time. This doll is no exception and does or may yet exhibit such discoloration. My photographs are accurate representations (unless your monitor is badly out of calibration)—please use them as your guide. From a smoke-free, pet-free home. Sold as is. All sales final.
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