This advert from 1971 may have had something to do with it.
Originally recorded by the Hillside Singers for the 'Buy The World A Coke' campaign, the New Seekers took their adaptation of it to No 1 in the UK charts later that year...
I had a bit of a crush on Marty Kristian, of course.
...not to be confused with this:
The verse was originally so similar that it led to Oasis being
successfully sued by the New Seekers, reportedly for $500,000
and which frequently inspired ideas and drawings of my own
When my Dad came back from European work trips he sometimes gave my sister and me a traditional doll from his travels like this one (although more often than not we just got bars of fancily-wrapped foreign chocolate. I'm not complaining).
I rather like these stark looking German ones with their stern Health & Safety warnings.
You may have read elsewhere on this blog that the first album I ever bought was the Clash... but actually, now I come to think of it, it was this one: