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

Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
Courtesy, Antique Daughter

Judge Peep

Judge Peep

Hakata Doll Artist at Work

Hakata Doll Artist at Work
From the Museum Collection

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Japanese Costume Barbies

Japanese Costume Barbies
Samurai Ken

Etienne

Etienne
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Jenny Wren
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Reclaimed and Restored as a childhood Sabrina the Witch with Meow Meow

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum
L to R: K*R /celluloid head, all bisque Artist Googly, 14 in. vinyl inuit sixties, early celluloid Skookum type.

Two More Rescued Dolls

Two More Rescued Dolls
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

Restored Italian Baby Doll
One of Dr. E's Rescued Residents

Dolls on Display

Dolls on Display
L to R: Nutcrackers, Danish Troll, HItty and her book, Patent Washable, Mechanical Minstrel, Creche figure, M. Alexander Swiss. Center is a German mechanical bear on the piano. Background is a bisque German costume doll.

A Few Friends

A Few Friends
These dolls are Old German and Nutcrackers from Dr. E's Museum. They are on loan to another local museum for the holidays.

Vintage Collage

Vintage Collage
Public Domain Art

The Merry Wanderer

The Merry Wanderer
Courtesy R. John Wright, The Hummel Collection

The Fennimore Doll Museum

The Fennimore Doll Museum

Robert

Robert
A Haunted Doll with a Story

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

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The Cody Jumeau
Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

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GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
Halloween 2004

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The Island of the Dolls
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Raggedy Ann
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Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI
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Little PM sisters

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Dressed Mexican Fleas

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Really old Dolls!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: What makes a book a success?

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: What makes a book a success?: Briefly, in fiction, poetry, drama, for a book to be a success the reader has to care about the characters.  Some beautifully written books ...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Doll Bytes and Character Assassination by an NPR Hasbeen

What a year so far!  Dolls are indeed where you find them, as my friend Mary Hillier used to say.  A corn dolly one the bread challenge in last Saturday's Great British Baking Show.  She was baked by one of the contestant bakers, who revealed baking the dolls was an old family tradition.  I first read about them in World Book Encyclopedia, 1956 version, then saw a  photo in The Doll by Carl Fox.  w I've baked and kept a few myself, and dough dolls from Peru and elsewhere were very popular during the 70s.  Salt dough recipes are still out there; they are fun, and keep well with  little shellac. 

The auction of Huguette Clark's Dolls also took place these weekend.  I will post updates as I get them.  I bid on a set of BAPS dolls; don't know if I won yet.

Last Man Standing featured a doll collection last Thurs, and Two Broke Girls showed a rerun where Andy Dick was a puppeteer.  There were also a couple of Barbie sized fashion dolls involved.   Neither show was very positive about dolls.  Unfortunately, the creepy doll crap fad continues, and it's touched us at the Museum.

Some former NPR flunkee who writes a crappy blog, allegedly on books, somehow found me.  She's in New York; and is named Corrinne Sigal.  She's never been here, never contacted me, never asked me about the museum, but she did swipe pictures from a story local WVIK radio did on the Museum.   She didn't ask my permission to use those,and cropped them so they would look sinister.

She called us "Very, very scary", and I feel like having her meet one of my very, very scary lawyer friends.  For someone who claims to promote women writers and women's enterprises, she managed to attach this literary woman who is trying to run a small nonprofit.

She claims she is a journalist, but printed a lot of garbage without bothering to check her sources.  Just irresponsible, and she doesn't write that well, either.

I'm a journalist, too, and have worked for several newspapers.  I had a guest column for a year, and wrote online and hard copy, but I may be done giving interviews.  I suppose I should be flattered that this little worm from NYC took notice of us, but I could do without the negativity.  Happy Collecting!  Follow our FB pages Doll Universe, Dr. E's Doll Museum, Antique Doll, American Doll and Toy Museum and Dr. R for more.  We're also Tweeting and post occasionally on Tumblr.  We have a Pinterest Board as well, American Doll and Toy Museum, and boards called Doll Collection, and All About Doll Collecting.

Visit our other blogs, and please comment.  We translate in Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and other languages.

Happy Collecting, and be proud of your hobby!!






Thursday, December 12, 2019

American Doll and Toy Museum: The News

American Doll and Toy Museum: The News: Today we were featured on the local TV news, WQAD.COM. Check out the story if you have time. It was a great story, and I owe the news team...

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Does anyone remember his name in The Munsters?  He was Uncle Something.  Watched the whole film tonight with Julie Adams, who recently passed away.  Shades of Frankenstein, i.e., his fear of fire and light, and Jaws was channeling him in the opening scenes where the hapless girl is swimming and the shark bites at her legs.  Julie Adams has the same thing happen, almost.  The monster doesn't get her.

I'm perverse in these monster films.  I end up feeling sorry for the monster.  This Creature film could be an eco lesson.  No one knew it was there; it lived in this Amazon lagoon forever, and the ecosystem  didn't seem to be upset, that is, till the scientists and fossil hunters show up.  It got poked; can we blame it for fighting back?

We watched on Svengoolie; I have a few Creatrue figures of my own, but as usually, Svengoolie featured a few more dolls and action figures representing the Creature.  I wrote about him on About.com years ago, and mentioned Svengoolie's various collections of monster dolls.

Weather isn't our friend this year; it snowed on Halloween. We didn't get to go out and give candy out, or hardly even decorated.  Brought my big pumpkin head scarecrows in, and most of my lawn ornaments.  Much too early, but we've had two snowstorms.

Keep the faith.  Think spring, and read seed catalogs.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Mr. Rogers

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Mr. Rogers: Still can't type well, but improving.  Watched PBS tribute to Mr. Rogers; loved his puppets, and trips to factories to see dolls manufac...