Monday, November 11, 2013
Veterans; We Thank You
Today is Veterans Day in the US, and we at the museum thank those who have served and sacrificed for us, including members of our own family. We also thank those who continue to serve all over the world. We fly our flags proudly for you today. This day has been special to me because my mother and I would take the day and have lunch, go shopping, be together. One year, we found an antique show at our mall, and bought a small Bru head with other doll parts, for about $7.50. I was in High School, the same one where she taught. Sometimes, we had long weekends together on trips. I always loved the cool, crisp air, the tree branches veined against the sky. Those days are long gone. We were at the Midwest Modern Language Association this weekend, where I gave a paper for Children’s Literature on Hugo. I will post it here. We toured and took many photos at The Milwaukee Public Museum, haven for those who love dolls, from the detailed European Village, with dolls of each country in each model home, to the antiquities, African masks, Ashanti dolls, and other statutes, to the various miniature dioramas, etc. I will post photos soon of these marvels. I also stopped at two antique malls, very well stocked, and rich in advertising dolls and memorabilia in South Beloit. We were lucky enough to tour the Angel Museum in Beloit, which was a peaceful, inspirational place. The Oprah Winfrey donation of some 600 angels is on display, along with about 10,000 others. They have special doll collectors days, too. I donated a copy of With Love from Tin Lizzie in memory of my Mom. Finally, I went to the local doll show, where I sold some books, but also gave a couple as gifts. I saw an Autoperipatetikos in my friend's booth, as well as some great brown haired chinas. I was able to buy some deaccessioned dolls from a museum in Chicago, including a family of African American southern pecan dolls, and some vintage cloth from Panama and elsewhere, and a lovely brown French bisque. Keep watching; photos will be posted soon.