Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

Tuxedo and Bangles

Tuxedo and Bangles

A History of Metal Dolls

A History of Metal Dolls
Now on Alibris.com and In Print! The First Book of its Kind

Alice, Commemorative Edition

Alice, Commemorative Edition
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory
Her Grace wishes us all a Merry Christmas!

Annabelle

Annabelle

Emma Emmeline

Emma Emmeline
Our New Addition/fond of stuffed toys

Cloth Clown

Cloth Clown

Native American Art

Native American Art

the triplets

the triplets

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
Bought Athens on the street

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Sand Baby Swirls!

Sand Baby Swirls!
By Glenda Rolle, courtesy, the Artist

Glenda's Logo

Glenda's Logo
Also, a link to her site

Sand Baby Castaway

Sand Baby Castaway
By Glenda Rolle, Courtesy the Artist

A French Friend

A French Friend

Mickey

Mickey
From our friends at The Fennimore Museum

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll
British Museum, Child's Tomb

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll
Among first "Toys?"

ushabti

ushabti
Egyptian Tomb Doll 18th Dynasty

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

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Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
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Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dr. E's on Display with sign

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Two More Rescued Dolls

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Late Sixties Vinyl: L to R: Probably Horseman, all vinyl, jointed. New wig. R: Effanbee, probably Muffy, mid sixties. New wig and new clothing on both. About 12 inches high.

Restored Italian Baby Doll

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The Merry Wanderer

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Kane County and The Doll Museum




Today, a life-long dream started to come true.  We took possession of our doll museum building, and began moving in cases.  I put post-it notes on them to remind me which dolls go where.  All my dolls won’t fit; they really are a doll universe, but a good representative grouping of each category will fit, along with a small reference library, a few doll houses and miniatures, and a nice selection of toys, antique to modern. Framed paper dolls will grace the walls, and others will “live” organized in filing cabinets.  One case will hold seasonal dolls and artifacts, and other will be a small gift shop.

I had a lot of fun last week at the Kane County show sponsored by Karla M.  I sold three copies of With Love from Tin Lizzie, a History of Metal dolls,  out of just five that I brought, and I was thrilled. There were many friends at this show, people I’ve known for years, literally we grew up together.  Many knew my late parents, often referring to my patient Dad who brought Mom and Me as “the man in the car.”  I was there to help my Friend Diane R. with her lovely booth, and I learned a lot, and am learning a lot, in the process.

These folks are my family, and I felt from them love, respect, and credibility, more than I got in over twenty years of teaching , [my awesome students notwithstanding], more than I ever felt working in the courts, or in private law firms.  I loved the law, loved the clients, but the culture was something else.  In this group of like minded doll folk, though, everything was different.  A lovely dealer named Peg donated a box of lovely 70s Barbie furniture to the Museum.  Pam G. and I spent the time conversing about all kinds of dolls.  My friend Marion Z. and her sister Suzanne were there, and so were Marianne and Jerry from Galena.  Fritzi had a wonderful display, and Laverne and George Koddy were there; I hadn’t seen them in years.  I met some of my instagram and Facebook friends as well.   Quite simply, everyone was kind and supportive.

There was no creepy doll garbage, and no doll divas.  Thank you to all of you, my extended doll family, for your support, and kind thoughts.  Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to move forward with this project.  Thank you, dear, sweet Dianne, for finding room in your car for all our treasure, and to your friends Tammy, Debbie, and their husbands for the fun and great conversation. Here’s to next time!





Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Museum Tentatively to Open December 2019!!

After a lifetime of planning, it has finally happened!  more details will follow as the doll drama unfolds, but The American Doll & Toy Museum will open the first week of December!  This will be a smaller version of our collection because of space limitations, but there will be representative dolls from prehistory to the present, and a nice selection of doll houses, miniatures, toys and related objects.










Many of you also follow our main doll museum blog, Dr. E's Doll Museum, and you know that I am Dr. E and this is our unofficial name.  I started a new Facebook Page called american Doll
In and Toy Museum, and will follow up with a Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media accounts to spread the word. We have also started a GoFundMe Page.

We'll have a small book shop selling doll related objects, vintage paper airplanes, licensed merchandise books, and perhaps some small antiques from the shop behind us.

There will be special events and give a ways.  We'll celebrate each season and holiday, too. There will be rotating displays of all kinds.

I plan on have a doll trinket to give to each visitor as a memento.

Many of you have seen  the displays of my dolls at various museums. I've collected since age 3, and have been planning this museum since grade school.  We will join a small neighbor hood near one of my alma maters called College Hill, which hosts other events and houses several antique stores, a cafe, a hometown bar and grill, a hometown barber shop, sports apparel shop and more.  We will be contributing to small business and to our community.

We welcome everyone; we aren't just for doll collectors and dealers, and we hope by embracing the general public, that we will also encourage young collectors.

Below are some of our citizens, and there is a YouTube video with more.

Doll Museum Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_TLGmyLKIw&t=158s












Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Speaking of Dolls: Bru Bebe ‘Cadillac’ of antique dolls | Antique Trader

Speaking of Dolls: Bru Bebe ‘Cadillac’ of antique dolls | Antique Trader: The Bru doll, made by Bru & Cie, was the Cadillac of antique dolls. The dolls reached their heyday during the 1880s, the Gilded Age of the Victorian Era.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Things we Love and Taylor Swift ❤️

Swift's music video for her album Lover features a giant dollhouse. Who knew?!

Also, fans if Huguette Clark, note Theriaults will be auctioning most of her dolls in the near future.

Below are pics and comments of things we love, some illustrating Baten's doll motif.

Catch Johnny Carson's tonight show for mane doll, toy references.
On Antenna TV.

Remember to register for the January 2020 Virtual Doll Conve


















ntion, virtualdollconvention.com.  best $25 yoully spend!