Here's Why Some People Ship Their Favorite Dolls Off To Australia.
It goes without saying that some of us have a little bit of trouble with letting go of the past. If you have Christmas cards from when you were a child, old clothes, or boxes full of your old toys, then you should definitely consider yourself one of those people. You're certainly not the only one out there who struggles with letting go of their past. Keep scrolling to discover how this company has stayed in business for over 100 years by helping people hold on to the most precious items from their childhood.
Sydney, Australia is known for its glittering harbor, spectacular coastline filled with breathtaking beaches, and of course, landmarks such as the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
What most people don’t realize, though, is that tucked away on a quiet street is a group of people who absolutely adore toys. In fact, they do everything in their power to restore toys to their original state so they can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Now, keep in mind, these people may look like medical professionals, and in a way they are, but not in the traditional sense of the word.
In fact, their name even describes their business as a medical center. The Original Doll Hospital has been operating in the Sydney area for more than 100 years, and those that have used their services couldn’t be more grateful for them.
In 1913, Mr. Chapman, a general store owner in Australia, imported Japanese dolls, which were extremely popular at the time.
Unfortunately, because of how fragile the dolls were, they often broke during the trip to Australia. Obviously, Chapman couldn’t make any money off of broken dolls, so he had to come up with a solution.
This is where his brother, Harold Chapman, came into the picture.
Harold was a local handyman and he had quite the knack for being able to fix just about anything. He had an affinity for detail, and a whole lot of tools, so he began to work on fixing up his brother’s broken Japanese dolls.
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Word of Harold’s abilities quickly got around and eventually he enough business to open up his own section in the back of the general store.
Even though he could fix a wide array of products, toys became Harold’s specialty. When World War II came to an end, Australia lifted its restrictions on imported items, so Harold became a bit overwhelmed with the number of new customers that he was receiving.
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