Rebecca — the early years
These early photos are of lower quality than more recent pictures.
I took the first photos of Rebecca with a 35 millimetre film camera. Here, she seems curious about what is outside the window.
This was in the presence of French Marie Claire journalist Elizabet Alexandre, who was researching for her book about these new life-size dolls and their owners. She wrote the article in the magazine that Rebecca is reading, with photos by Elena Dorfman, an American. Elena and Elizabet each created doll books, one biased towards photos and the other towards text, but both had the same photo of Rebecca and I on the cover!
This image from April 2001 uses a poster of Mount Shuksan as a backdrop.
By March 2002, her original eyebrows (made of paint) had largely rubbed away. I repainted the eyebrows and added freckles with poster paint dotted on with a fine brush and dabbed with a finger.
My father’s letter to Sigmund Freud, to which this postcard is Freud’s reply, is in the Freud museum in London.
This photo appeared in the May 2004 edition of the UK hang gliding magazine. At the time of writing, I have not succeeded in getting a photo of a doll strapped into a hang glider, despite several tries.
Don’t bother looking for the café on the Rue de Remarques on a map of France. It exists only in the fictional Anglo-French town of Stepford-on-Sea. ‘Rue de Remarques’ is pronounced ‘rude remarks.’ (I find that I have to explain all my jokes!)