A Look at Two ToTo Porcelain Dolls
Toto means ‘dawn to day’. It has been used by the Japanese since ancient times as a sign of good luck and prosperity. The pronunciation of its name Toto is as stated as TOTATA. The meaning of the word Toto clearly means ‘child’.
Toto translates literally into English as ‘wind-throwing stone’. It was also called porcaro in some places. Some say that the stone’s sound when hit against water had spiritual significance. It is also thought to bring wealth, good health and happiness. Today Toto has become popular not only for its wonderful singing abilities but also as a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Singapore.
Singapore became world famous when a local porcelain doll manufacturer named ToTO began to produce porcelain dolls in the year 1904. His business soon became very successful and he opened up stores all over Singapore. By this time he had become very well known for his fine quality porcelain dolls. Many foreign investors were attracted to his products and ToTO quickly became one of the most popular manufacturers in town. Its success spanned over 30 years and it was eventually sold to American businessman Morris T. Taylor.
ToTO also started making miniature Chinese porcelain soldiers and other animals. This line eventually took the name ToTo Soft Toys. Soft toys made by Topping are extremely popular with kids. Topping started out as a small store on an old road in the centre of Singapore called Patong. Later it was moved to a more modernised venue in nearby Clarke Quay.
The ToTo brand of porcelain dolls gained international fame when Mattel, now known as Hasbro hired Topping to create their own line of porcelain dolls. Their first collection was entitled “The Very First Family”, followed by several other products. They have since gone on to create several other successful lines of dolls made from a wide variety of materials, including plastic, vinyl, and cloth.
Most of Toonies are about a child’s age, although they do come in some really crazy shapes! Toonies are typically made from a very soft material and you will find that the most commonly sought after material is porcelain. This is because porcelain is a much harder material that can withstand the most extreme conditions. If you are looking to buy some Toont dolls for yourself or your child, then its best to go online to find the widest variety of choice. Online retailers often stock the most popular models and there is often a larger variety of dolls available.