Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

The Jumeau 201

The Jumeau 201
Courtesy Theriault's and Antique Doll Collector Magazine

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
A Little Girl

Happy Heart Day

Happy Heart Day

From "Dolls"

From "Dolls"
A Favorite Doll Book

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Jenny Wren

Jenny Wren
Ultimate Doll Restorer

Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

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

The Cody Jumeau

The Cody Jumeau
Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

German Princesses
GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
Halloween 2004

The Island of the Dolls

The Island of the Dolls
Shrine to Dolls in Mexico

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death
Doll House murder

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Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann
A few friends in cloth!

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI
Pixar Animator's Collection

Little PM sisters

Little PM sisters
Recent eBay finds

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Really old Dolls!

Really old Dolls!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter

Doll Collecting at About.com Newlsetter Week: August 24th
By now, many of the "junior" collectors among us are heading back to school! I think it would be fun to talk about dolls and education, and dolls with back-to-school themes. Ideas, readers? It might be fun to survey doll themed school accessories, doll and character erasers, school houses for dolls, school desks for dolls, and school clothes for dolls. How many of us remember playing school with our dolls and being the teacher? I do, and now, I "play school" in real life! Many doll collectors were educators, so it is fair to dedicate this newsletter to them. Also, fall and Halloween are close, so here are a couple posts on dolls in scary flicks, including "Dangerous Worry Dolls", which slants traditional wool and wire-wrapped dolls from Guatemala with "sinister intent." One reader suggested more posts on our beloved Raggedy Ann, who turns 100 this year, but who inexplicably has inspired a "haunted" doll named Annabelle. Japanese dolls have been the muses of artist Glorie Iaccarino for some time; read her story below. Finally, here are some history bytes on dolls and toys inspired by crime and punishment, meant to teach moral lessons to naughty children. These are notes and comments from some of my other research on capital punishment and popular culture. Finally, a doll mystery; were T. Recknagel doll maker and T. Recknagel artist the same person? Next week, posts on "My Ballerina Dolls", Native American dolls, more German doll makers, American Girls, and more.
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Doll with a Candy Heart gets a Birthday Cake with 100 Candles!!
Raggedy Ann, one of the most beloved dolls of all times, turns 100 this year! Every day I see some indication that Raggedy Ann is as popular and loved as she ever was. Last week, I saw a sign for "Annies", a gambling establishment with a vintage Raggedy Ann as its logo! A Raggedy Ann was a prop in an old episode of "Gun Smoke." She and Raggedy Andy ride a horse in a PBS public message. This is one in a series of stories I am writing about the little doll who gave me, and millions of other children great happiness.
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Japanese Doll Photos by Glorie Iaccarino
Beautiful Japanese Dolls inspire photographs by an artist. The graceful dolls representing characters from the Kabuki Theater are made in Japan by special artists. They were once more plentiful than they are no in the United States, where they often show up as "second hand" items in online auctions, thrift and antique shops, yard sales, and doll shows. A few years ago, the dolls were reproduced faithfully in China, but these dolls are harder to find now, too. Artist and collector Glorie Iaccarino creates beautiful art photos inspired by these lovely, graceful figures. Read more about her.
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These are NOT your Average worry Dolls
Worry dolls take worries away; they aren't supposed to cause them! I'm sure many readers are familiar with these 1 inch beguiling little figures made of bits of cloth and yarn wrapped around wire. They come in tiny boxes or miniature handwoven bags. Some have clay heads. Others may be a couple inches, and some appear as kits where little girls can make them with clothespins and yarn. They are meant to bring good luck and peace of mind. You tell them your worries, and the dolls take away your cares, according to tradition. In this film, worry dolls do just the opposite!
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Dolls, Toys, and Capital Punishment; Read for More Information
Dolls with criminal justice and legal significance and a puzzle for my readers, these are "doll bytes" of a much larger work, which give us a glimpse of what "educational toys" were in the past. With Halloween coming, such toys show up as props and decorations, and some inspire horror flicks. These topics about dolls like this often appear at literature and film conferences, too, creating a whole new category of collectors. Read more.
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Recknagel; was the artist also the doll maker?
Theodor Recknagel made bisque heads, some with googly eyes, and dolls with unusual bodies. They are often a little more expressive than the average "dolly faced' dolls made between 1890 and 1920. At the same time, there was an artist of the same name who painted delicate portraits of children. I'm trying to find out if they were the same man, but there is little biographical information on either. If any of you has information about either the doll maker or artist, please write to me!

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