3-Faced Doll from a Newburgh Thrift Store Adopted into a Creepy Collection
When I was a little girl, I had a passion for dolls. My favorite doll was one that belonged to my late aunt Susan. I called the doll Suzie and because she had been in a house fire, she was a bit darker than she had been when she was fresh in the box. Suzie had seen many trials, and being a vintage doll, most people probably wouldn't want her around but I loved her so much. She still sits in my dining room among other family heirlooms watching over us when we eat. Sounds weird, I know... But, she connects me with a family member that I never knew and my own childhood. Like a real-life Toy Story, she might be creepy to some people, but to me, she's part of the family.
While I was perusing Facebook today, a post came across my feed that caught my eye. Maybe because I saw the words "Newburgh IN" in the national group Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared or maybe because I saw a three-faced doll.
Rhonda R. Fantini, from Rockport, IN, found her treasure at Traderbakers in Newburgh. As someone who proudly displays a "beloved" doll front and center in my home, I approached her with caution. You never know if there's a family story, you know. Turns out Rhonda is a collector of the weird, unusual, creepy, and macabre. This "3 Faces of Eve" doll is a perfect addition to her creepy collection.
I am a collector of creepy items. I have two antique wheelchairs here in my office, filled with creepy dolls and evil cymbal monkeys. I also have serial killer memorabilia - letters/cards from Manson, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Squeaky Fromme, Lawrence Bittaker, Cameron Hooker, Gacy, Ronnie DeFeo, Diane Downs; plus dirt from Spahn Ranch, Dahmer's childhood home, Ed Gein's home & grave. When I saw Eve at Traderbakers, I knew she would fit right in with my other things.
I looked around online to find out more about the doll but didn't see much. My guess is that you could hide the other two faces in a hood and change your doll's expression to match the type of mommy you felt like being that day. Want to have a fussy baby? Turn her face to the crying position. Want to rock your baby to sleep? Try the sleeping face. Or want to make yourself feel like a good mum - try the happy face! Honestly, children don't see these things as creepy - just an ingenious way to change their doll's expression. I'm sure lots of little girls loved the interaction this toy provided.
During my search I found out there was a movie in 1957 called The Three Faces of Eve that I'm super excited about watching! According to Wikipedia, "The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 American mystery drama film presented in CinemaScope, based on the book of the same name about the life of Chris Costner Sizemore, which was written by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay. Sizemore, also known as Eve White, was a woman they suggested might have dissociative identity disorder (then known as multiple personality disorder)."
Are the doll and movie connected? I'm sure someone with much more in-depth knowledge about vintage dolls might know. In the meantime, let's just bask in the glory of this little doll finding her forever home among other oddities and items of great interest.