'Warmest Wishes was an FAO exclusive of Gene shopping for Christmas.
Edition: FAO Schwarz
Designer: Tim Kennedy
Company: Ashton Drake
Gene doll with copper side-parted hair styled ina roll with shoulder length curls. Red lipstick, grey eyedshadow and eyebrows.
Peach waffle pattern blouse with ribbon-striped peplum, brown crepe reverse pleat skirt.
Brown gloves, flower corsage, green headband hat trimmed with organza ribbons and flowers.
Brown "suede" wrap pumps with button closure.
Teal stud earrings.
Shopping for the holidays on New York City's Fifth Avenue! What a wonderful way to feel the holiday spirit, amid the festive hustle and bustle of the city. Gene happily hummed the refrain of the new carol "Sleigh Ride" as she made her way along the sidewalk, smiling at all the rosy faces smiling back at her.
The dazzling lights, colors, and whirring mechanical motion in a toy store's window enticed her to stop and stare with childlike delight at the marvels within. And that's when she saw him...a toy soldier, tall and proud, so dashing in his crisp white soldier's uniform with a red shako hat, polished black boots, gold braid, and black epaulettes. With his snowy-white hair and beard it reminded Gene of Henry, the gentlemanly doorman of the posh hotel she stayed at when in town. Over the years he had become a gallant friend, handling Gene's mail, messages, and fans with the same calm efficiency that had made him a decorated soldier in the war. A bullet in the left leg left him with a bad limp, but nothing would ever daunt his pride at serving his country. Now, wearing another uniform, he guards and serves the hotel's guests in all kinds of weather, with the same dedication and loyalty he gave to the army. What a perfect gift that toy soldier would make for darling Henry!
"Besides," Gene later thought impishly as she walked out of the store, gift box tucked under her arm, "I never could resist a man in uniform!"