POINT PLEASANT — While many cherish their trading cards collection or other vintage memorabilia, longtime Point Pleasant resident Marie Peterson’s doll collection has remained in her possession for nine decades.
Dolls even line the shelves in Ms. Peterson’s room at Claremont Center. Ms. Peterson, who has lived in Point Pleasant Borough for many years and worked as a crossing guard for almost 20 years, treasures her doll collection and still has the first doll she received as a childhood gift.
Recently, she donated two of her vintage dolls to the Historic Village at Allaire to become part of a continuing display. Ms. Peterson’s daughter Robin Emerson said it was with great pride her mother donated her dolls to help educate visitors and keep history alive. “She was very happy to do that,” she said in an interview July 25. According to Ms. Emerson, her mother’s collection of dolls stems from early child- hood. Ms. Peterson, at 93 years of age, still keeps the first doll she received at age 3 on a shelf next to her bed at Claremont Center.
“Her Suzy doll … looks as old as she is,” Ms. Emerson said. “My grandmother worked at a diner and my mom used
to play under the counter so nobody would know she was there and there were two eld- erly gentleman who always came in and knew that she was their and bought her the doll for Christmas and she has had it ever since. “It is very special to her. She loves it.”

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