Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
These are telling and important quotes the UFDC should adopt at p. 233 from Chapter 25, The Educational Value of the Doll: "What topic yet proposed for the education fo the young is not in part at least illustrated by doll study? A knowledge of history, geography, folklore, tadition of peoples, their poetry, music, sentiments, dances, social religious festivals are essential to the education of broad mindd individuals'. How better can these things be taught to children than to make object lessons of the mannikins that represent types and clsses of various ountries? Dolls have a social and religious significance; fundamentl principles, which undrlie folklroe and traditions, are embodied and set forth by dolls, which the majority of people look upon simply as children's toys." Starr refers to a pamphlet by G. Stanely Hall and A. Cassowell Ellis of Clark Unviersity, MA, published int he early 1900s asking certan data of response of childrent o objects representing a baby or child. Questions were: 1. With ragard to kind of doll, of what material it was made, etc. 2. The feeding of dolls, what kind of food and how given. 3. Medicine an disease were treated, what remedies were given adn how. 4. What constituted the death of a doll, funeral services and burial. 5. Details of psychic acts and qualities ascribed to dolls. 6. Information wanted re doll names, accesories, toilet articles, furnishings. 7. What did children think of doll families, doll discipline, hygiene, and regimen, rewards and pubnishments; how dolls are put to sleep. 8. What is the influence of dolls on children? etc. 9. Is there regularity and persistency in the care of dolls? etc. See p. 230-231 in Starr. The book is available on eBay and Amazon, and on Kindle.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Monday, October 22, 2012
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Monday, October 15, 2012
I just read tips of ineffective bloggers in a ProBlogger newsletter. This is a wonderful source for those who blog, but I confess I have sinned. First booboo is typos; again, I apologize for mine, but I have no spell check and have arthritic hands and fingers, albeit at a young age. Having said that, I thank profusely the 40,000 some people who view/read this and my seven other blogs. I thought I would comment on trends in collecting. I now the good advice is to buy "only the best," and to invest in "high end dolls," whatever that may mean. Certainly, if one can by an A.T. all original, do it. If you can find The Sunshine Family or a set of Mme. A Little Women MIB, do it! But, locally, in our MW region, and from what I see on eBay and Etsy, I note that all dolls seem to do well. The dolls at Tuesday Morning, collectors barbies, current Alexanders, Goetz, fly off the shelves. My mom and I have shopped there for years, and are on a first name basis with the staff. They tell us that when the newsletter goes out, and the Alexanders come in, people stand in line, and the dealers/collectors/doll speculators are first in line and leave with their arms full. At a recent estate sale, I stood in line to get in, twice, and the dolls were all scooped up. The same thing happens when my friend DT does sales. These dolls are mostly German, many A and M, and several in are in doll parts. Doll clothes sell immediately. China doll heads and bisqe heads sell in any condition. Annalee dolls are crossover collectibles, and don't last past the first hour of any sale. At thrift shops, CPK dolls in any condition do very well. One of my best friends collects them avidly, but she is not the only one scooping them up. Barbies are fewer and fewer at our Goodwill and Salvation Army. We have some OOAK artists operating in my area [more about that in another blog] and several seamtresses who make custom clothes for Barbie, her friends and clones. The SA is carrying more dolls, especially vintage 60s and 70s. Artists reproductions of antique dolls don't last long, either. These usually have very nice dresses. One friend of mine who is now a dealer sets up twice a year in a local park. She has mainly foreign dolls, some vintage HP, many sixties to eighties dolls, some compo. She has a fiew of the Franklin and Heritage Mint editions, too. If I don't get there early, I have to stand in line and the dolls are gone. Nancy Ann storybook and the upbiquitous "Suzie Sweeheart" or "Dress me" dolls have actually gone up in price. These have nostalgic value; they are the first dolls many girls collected in late 40s to sixties, and they were brought to an art by Carlson Dolls, Gambina, and other companies. They also were instrumental in teaching little girls to sew. I loved ordering them from Patio Tacos, and getting them at Gas Stations as premiums when I was little, and who didn't live the Doll in the Dome, encased in a plastic bell. I see a lot of people selling dolls of all types now again at yard sales; these sell as do many types of stuffed animals. I recently bought a Steiff panda, jointed, newer, with all tags and buttons for 5.00. I bought the Steiff yellow lab for about $1. I see bisque figurines selling more than I used to, especially Lefton. Several new antique shops have sprung up, and can't keep dolls in stock. The dolls range from composition, to Skookums, folk cloth [I lost out on a great one last week!], artists cloth, Effanbee repro Patsy's of the 90s; newer Ginnys, and Alexanders. There are also some Annette Himstedt, and I found wonderful Sashas at a craft mall last year. We have people making art dolls of all types from vintage parts, and many reproduction heads and parts are used. These genre has given doll collectors whole new categories. These items are hot, and don't stay on the shelves long. Almost everyone I talk to has some dolls at home, or likes to make them. They don't consider themselves collectors, but the trends are very interesting. Reasonably priced dolls are doing well, and even broken vintage and antique dolls are in demand. I've even seen men vying for them. Doll clothes and accessories, character dolls, Barbies and action figures have a devoted following, too. It just proves again that "All dolls are collectible!" I've always thought with any collection, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, even though we all have our collectible stars. Happy Dolling, and you don't have to break the bank to enjoy the hobby!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Good Morning! I am looking for any information and photos about the whereabouts of this doll. It was once in the Maureen Popp collection, and as far as I know, Dorothy Dixon was her last owner. I would like a photo of the doll for my book on metal dolls, currently listed on Google books, and about to go into print. I am interested in buying the doll if it is for sale, or in any other dolls like it. There was a story about Huret dolls done in 3 parts in Doll News in the late 80s. I think the dolls wears a blue gingham type dress, and has a white linen or cotton hood on her hair. She is wigged and has painted features, and looks like the bisque Hurets in many respects. Any information is greatly appreciated. Also, I would like photos of dolls by Lucien Vervelle, who had a metal head doll patent in France in the 1870s, or of any pewter heads like those in the late Gladys Hils Hilsdorf collection. I also welcome photos or information of other metal dolls, metal heads, mechanical dolls, toy soldiers, mechanical/talking/mamma dolls, animatrons, dolls with metal parts, automatons, or marionettes. Also weclome information or photos about the Edison phonograph doll. I am intersted in buying one, even if it is in parts. Thanks to all who read my blogs! Happy Autumn!
Monday, October 8, 2012
See below; This is a great site to post dolls to be identified, and to comment on dolls. There is also doll sale information. There are also photos and other tidbits that are useful and fun. And, it is free and friendly! There's new information at antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com, submitted by folks with the same interest in this topic as the two of us. You can read it here... http://www.antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com/kestner-7-166.html Feel free to comment on any new contribution. Please tell your friends so they can give feedback, too. And, of course, you can contribute again to antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com whenever you like. Your submissions mean a lot to me, and to other visitors to the site. http://www.antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com/with-love-from-tin-lizzie-a-history-of-metal-heads-dolls-with-metal-parts-and-automata.html Best regards, Merle antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com P.S. You requested this notification when you submitted your contribution. To stop receiving notices, click on the unsubscribe link below... http://www.antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com/dyn/C2/Unsubscribe?domain=antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com&author_id=21234795
Friday, October 5, 2012
Here is the eBay guide article to china heads. I might add that old china has a gray cast to it; when you handle enough dolls that gray, luminescent cast is unmistakeable. There are also tiny imperfections that vary; they look like little beauty marks, and are actually kiln dirt. These appear in antiques; I've never seen them in reproduction The best reproduction I have is now 45 years old and came from The Tinkerbell Toy Shoppe in Disneyland. She is really something, even when placed next to a good antique. Read below and enjoy. Mona Borger's books are also good on the topic.
Ah, how I love when the season begins, around April through November, with flea markets sprinkled all year. Here is an interesting guide. For more, see the Blog at The National Museum of Play, formerly The Strong Museum:
I would like to start an informal series on this topic; it is sort of a shortened version of my bibliography, which is hard copy. The first entry below is a partial list of eBay guides on dolls. These are also available for all other categories of collectibles on eBay. I will post from other sources, too, including some newsletters and websites I hear from. I will not duplicate this material on the Doll Museum blog, but will post other guides there where relevant to the era. I have been bloggin on French dolls, there, and have more to write about. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Just in Time for Halloween: They have not done Erzebet yet, but I love this site by Shiva Rodriguez. I have their Catherine Howard doll. The links are fun, too. http...
This was an interesting story on the evolution of crash test dummies on CBS This Morning today. The ATDs are now so state of the art, that they are effective in reducing the number of traffic fatalities to the lowest point they have been since the late 40s when these numbers were first recorded. Dolls, and this is what they are, are saving peoples' lives. The dummies are repaired after every crash. Some may rememer the plush dolls and little plastic figures made during the late 80s and 90s as toys to promote public safety. Most of the TYCO figures and dolls were made in 1992. This isn't the first time dolls have saved lives; see our blog Doll Museum which is a chronological museum of doll history where we discuss Ushabti and tomb figures that were buried with people in place of live humans in the Ancient World. Also, magic, medicinal, and ritual figures like Mandrake figures, fertility dolls, good luck dolls, etc., were meant to cure human ailments and improve the human condition. Finally, there are the Resuca Annie dolls and other mannikins used to tech CPR and hosptial procedure. The most famous of these are the lifesized chase hospital dolls. There are also baby mannikins used to teach childcare, and dolls and puppets galore used in therapy, Acupunture figrues, and models of the human body used in anatomy classes. Here is the link to watch the story from CBS This Morning: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7424112n&tag=showDoorFlexGridRight;flexGridModule Here is a story about them from ExPonent:http://www.exponent.com/anthropomorphic_test_dummy_atd_laboratory/ Anthropomorphic Test Devices, a.k.a. crash test dummies, are often times a critical element of a test or evaluation. An environmentally controlled laboratory at Exponent's TEC includes fixtures and equipment for test dummy calibration and maintenance. The family of Hybrid III dummies: 12-month-old, three-year-old, six-year-old, 5th percentile adult females, 50th percentile males, and the 95th percentile male, are included in TEC's test dummy inventory. In addition to Hybrid III dummies, Exponent's TEC has side-impact, Hybrid II test dummies and a six-month CAMI. TEC's test dummies can be modified to meet the anthropometry (height, weight, and body measurements) required for an investigation or evaluation. Furthermore, special application test dummies can also be made available at Exponent's TEC upon a client's request
Monday, October 1, 2012
It dawns on me that I actually have some peace, some tranqility at this early hour. My cat, Emma, aka Lady Gaga de Bathory, is snoozing on her baby blanket, with her dolls and stuffed mousie toys lined up next to her. She has just hopped into the bathtub after my husband showered. She is our mermaid cat. Yesterday is our late dog Killer Lord Byron's anniversary with us; we brought a little black scotty/poodle mix home in a shoe box that he couldn't climb out of, in a terrible storm. I loved him. He came home in 1977, and he was with me till he passed away in my Dad's arms from a stroke.