Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

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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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Happy Heart Day

From "Dolls"

From "Dolls"
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Jenny Wren
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Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Baby Boo 1960s

Baby Boo 1960s
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

German Princesses
GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
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The Island of the Dolls
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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!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Doll Museum: New dolls for Fun and Review

Doll Museum: New dolls for Fun and Review: Madame Tarnowska, custom Made by Abernathy's Madame Alexander, Puddin From a Local Collection From a Local Collection ...

Monday, October 1, 2018

A Review of Toonstyle; Calling all Kids, Collectors, and Parents! It's safe to Holiday Shop for Ideas Here!


Licensed characters and pop culture characters are entrenched in our culture.  Children, adults, and collectors all want to wear clothes featuring their favorite character, sip out of mugs and glasses with their image, and even wear jewelry inspired by them.

 

Some artists have turned their passion for pop cultural icons into fine art; among them are Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, David Levinthal, Jarvis Rockwell,  and Roy Lichtenstein.


 

Maybe you are like us, collectors who are looking for unusual objects to add to their acquisitions.  More importantly, you might be a parent looking for that perfect set of sheets for your toddler’s first bed, a pair of Dora the Explorer slippers, a Frozen dress for Halloween night, all these are important, and all these are potentially available on https//toonstyle




 

The site itself is attractive, bright, and well-organized.  The blog, in particular, is divided into categories; each category is a link.  This makes it very easy to search.  So, if you are looking for a product review click on that category.  It saves a lot of search time.

 

The page with franchises is comprised of lots of rectangles with the names of characters or shows.  Click on one, and you go to a page of great graphics of products related to that theme.  E.g., click on “Walking Dead” and you find a variety of terrific licensed merchandise.   

 

What’s really great is that, not only does Toonstyle tell you where you can find each item; click on the site or store name and you are taken right to the site where you can buy it.  Prices are included as part of the information, too.

 

Imagine a buy mom or dad with only a few minutes to fid a birthday gift or holiday shop; a couple sips of coffee and a click or tow, and you have that much wanted Spirited Away Crocheted Necklace (Etsy) or that terrific Golden Girls coloring book.

 

The recommended way to search is to type what your want in the standard search box. This works.  I didn’t see Corpse Bride, Prince of Egypt, Napoleon Dynamite, Fantastic Beasts or Lion King, in franchises, but when I entered them into the search box, I found mugs, clothing, toys, figures, etc., for all ages. These are fairly popular characters.  Once I realized you had to read horizontally, and that you alphabetize under “the” with regard to titles, I was able to navigate it.  I love the variety; I only wonder if some would find so many franchises overwhelming, but I think they are just great. 

 


Black Panther T-shirt (from Hot Topic) - Official Black Panther Movie Merch
Black Panther Tee, via Toonstyle
I like how the site gives an overview on the franchise and its characters. What confused me is that even if couldn’t see something in the franchises site, I could find it in the search box.  E.g., I found lots of Barbie and Monster High and Strawberry Shortcake items, but they weren’t in the franchises. In “how it works” I’d mention a little more about the role the Franchise links play.  Explain how to use them; never be afraid to state the obvious. Many people will want to search and surf, but they aren’t all tekno or social media savvy.

 


Overall, it’s a good, user friendly site.  But, I’d add some social media accounts. I have had great success with this for Ruby Lane, and got results when I worked for About.com and Antique Doll Collector Magazine. For example, I’d start some Pinterest boards.   These graphics under each franchise for the various items lend themselves very well to be saved on Pinterest board.  You would get a lot of traffic there. Pinterest and Facebook are the two biggest social media sites for marketing. I’m also finding Instagram as a very useful place to get followers; you can also share to Facebook and Twitter at the same time. Also, graphics are so great, crisp and beautiful; I would try Flickr as well.

 

My last comment is that the background to the site is usually stark white; I’d use a soft grey, or off white, maybe light beige.  Think of doing a PowerPoint presentation; you want the background to be pleasing, and bright white is a little off putting and hard on the eyes.  Most links on the site worked, but “contact us” worked better at the bottom of the page than the icon on the top.  Also, try using something besides Outlook; many programs just don’t have it.  Try something where you can be contacted directly from Toonstyle’s website, and give a snail mail address and phone number to back it up.

 

It’s tons of fun to surf this site; also, you can take a wonderful tour down memory lane and find great collectibles, whether you are 2 or 92!!!

 

           

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Guest Blogger: David Levy and Skyward 2018; A Change of Pace


This is a blog by another type of collector, one who discovers comets and creates observation logs of the heavens and astronomical objects.  His passion is equal to our, that's for sure.

It is an honor and a pleasure for us to feature guest blogger, Dr. David Levy, noted author, astronomer, Shakespeare scholar, champion of the planet Pluto, and discoverer of  22 comets, either alone or with Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker
 
Dr. Levy was a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.


Among his many awards, Dr. Levy won a 1998 News & Documentary Emmy Award in the "Individual Achievement in a Craft, Writer" category for the script of the documentary 3 Minutes to Impact produced by York Films .


Skyward—

 

October 2018

 

If you build it…

 

 

“If you build it,” said the voice, “he will come.” In eastern Iowa near the town of Dyersville, near a well-kept farmhouse, lies a regulation baseball diamond in the midst of a cornfield.  This is the field of dreams from the 1989 movie.  On the beautiful Sunday afternoon of September 9, Jeff Struve and I drove down to visit the site as part of the Eastern Iowa Star Party he had so well organized.  With impact crater specialist Jennifer Anderson and her husband David, we saw where one of my favorite movies was filmed.  Dr. Anderson had just delivered a stunning and lively lecture about her impact crater research at Winona State University’s geosciences department.

The theme of Field of Dreams revolves around baseball.  But even though I am a baseball fan, the movie’s influence on me was not about the sport but about the dreams.  It is about a dream I began to have in the fall of 1965 just as my interest in the night sky was advancing by leaps and bounds.  That fall, two Japanese comet hunters, Ikeya and Seki, discovered what would become the brightest comet of the 20th century.  I first saw Comet Ikeya-Seki’s lovely tail rising out of the St. Lawrence River late that October, and I have never forgotten it.

Two months later, I began my own program of searching for comets.  It had three goals, to search for comets and exploding stars (officially referred to as novae, to discover a comet or a nova, and to conduct a research project on comets and novae.  Over the course of my life I have now discovered 23 comets, and when I co-discovered the comet that collided with Jupiter, I really felt as if I dipped myself in magic waters. And the research part, which connects to poetry and the sky, became my 1979 master’s from Queen’s and my 2010 doctorate from the Hebrew University.  Along the way, I have also made two independent discoveries of novae.

When I visited in September, the house and field looked exactly as they were in the movie.  The picket fence in front now has a sign that says “if you build it.”  The second part is left off.  I interpret its absence as indicating that not all dreams come true.  Maybe yours will, maybe it won’t.  But it is about the dream, whether it is baseball, the night sky, or anything else.  At the close of the film Ray Kinsella asks,  “Is there a heaven?”

“Oh yeah,” his Dad replies. “It’s the place dreams come true.”

          And if somehow your dream does come true, you could add the words of Ray’s skeptical brother-in-law:

“When did these ball players get here?”

House at Field of Dreams, photo by David Levy

Field of Dreams, photo by David Levy

We are officially Non Profit and can Accept Contributions!



We are officially Non Profit and can Accept Contributions!


 


Dr. E’s Doll Museum is now incorporated as a 501© charity as American Doll & Toy Museum.  We can now accept monetary ad other contributions which are tax deductible. Our collection has taken a lifetime to assemble; we are in the last stages of completion, and hope to have a building by the end of next year.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us on this journey.  Anyone who would like to contribute to this teaching museum which will feature dolls, toys, and objects to tell human history from the dawn of time, please contact me at ellentsagaris@gmail.com.  We will continue our blogs and social media, and will have a print library of materials in our museum to help everyone learn more about dolls, perhaps the oldest cultural artifact, still relevant after all these years!  Happy Collecting!


 



Paper Airplanes


Paper Airplanes

 

Greetings, everyone!  Many of us who collect dolls also love toys, dolls, and other ephemera. I am currently in charge of selling the lifelong collection of one of my professors from my alma mater.  Currently, he records Rock Island Lines on WVIK and co-hosts Scribble and Saturday Morning Life; check it out at WVIK.org.  He has collected paper airplanes, starships, kites, books on the topic, paper models and related items for most of his life.  These are all vintage, roughly twenty years and older.  There are cereal box premiums, White Wings, books on flying airplanes, some signed, models, gliders and much more. The collection contains 2000+ items.  All are priced to sell. Some are on Etsy under Vintage Rose Antiques and Jewelry.  Others are pictures on my instagram account under ellen_tsagaris.  Any one interested, please pm me, and thank you for reading this blog. You can find my email on this blog as well.