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

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From "Dolls"

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Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

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Baby Boo 1960s

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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

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A Haunted Doll with a Story

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

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The Cody Jumeau

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Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

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GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Doll Parts, Flower Petals, Tocken Trivia, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the Common Person

Ah, what a week it's been.  I'm glad to see the last of July.  This is a post of pot pouri for doll related news.  For example, a cell phone commercial features the little mannikin from operation.  Watching "Cold Mountain" on TV I notice a scarecrow in the farmyard where Nichole Kidman lives.


Robots from my Collection, in honor of Hitchbot
 The evening news featured Hitchbot, the little robot that traveled the world and hitchhiked, relying on the kindness of strangers.  Someone in Philadelphia trashed him, and ended his journey.  Not at all fitting from the home of so many dolls and relate beings, especially Letitia Penn. Tweet him at #hitchbot.

It's too bad I didn't find him on the side of the road.  He could gladly live at the museum.

It has been a good summer for collecting.  A few of my finds include a knitted doll from Love, Shirley Temple, and two black bisque babies from Among Friends Auction. Also from Among Friends, a tiny wax lady spinning inside a glass dome. Elsewhere, I have found a lovely artist version of a Leo Moss doll and an original Jumeau Bebe Reclame.and a Figure A Steiner that needs a lot of TLC.  I could not have asked for more.

From Love, Shirley Temple


Earlier, I purchased a Patti Playpal from her original owner, and found two North American historical bears thrift shopping.  Several Barbies in need of TLC joined the museum, as well as the teen version of Dora the Explorer which we did not have.

Online Find, photo by Marisa


A lucky yard sale yielded a 9 inch Spider Man, a 7 inch Hulk, and two tiny Star Wars action figures. I also found a tin that contained Lincoln Logs and a Hot Wheels carrying case.

Two 8 inch faceless cloth, vintage Amish dolls and  family of black cloth dolls and handkerchief dolls arrived in late June. About the same time, a host of international dolls, two antique China heads, and several artists' bisque dolls arrived.

Lourdes

These are unusual happenings; usually, it's one or two dolls, or a handful of small dolls from yard sales.

I have seen playpal type companion dolls selling for $50 and CPKs showing up again at local charity shops after a brief hiatus.


At the big box stores, I see miniature My Little Ponies in baggies at Target, and tiny Barbies for the Lego Polly Pocket sets sold in miniature pink Barbie boxes.  Very cute.  Funkco is quite popular, and A Doll for All Time is selling on Amazon and eBay.

Living Dead Dolls is launching series 29, while Monster High continues to be popular.  MH and My Little Pony Fashion dolls periodically appear at Marshall's.

I've seen a variety of dolls on Amazon.com, and the prices seem to be quite healthy.

People seem to be interested in all types of dolls, and even the modern porcelain "walda" types are selling well in antique stores and some thrift shops.

Happy Dolling and catch my posts on About.com Doll Collecting, or collectdolls.about.com, and on my sister blog Doll Museum.  I also write the Antique Doll Collector Magazine Blog. 

Catch me on Reddit, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.  We love comments.

My other love of course is flowers.  My container gardens are not as lavish as other years; we were disappointed at the lack of black petunias.  Still, we have our lilies, a few roses, great begonias, impatiens, monrovia in colors, and fairy gardens of all types.  Look closely and you will see our gnome village, tiny fairies sitting under an arch, our perennial Halloween town with tiny pumpkins that mirror our real pumpkin vine.


To save water, I use the old kitty water on plants, right before I fill their bowl fresh.

Thanks to my good friend, MB, I have been dressing dolls in vintage clothes.  I also am trying to do some repair work.

Hobby Lobby, The Dollar Stores, and Michael's are sharing Halloween decor early.  From Spirit of Halloween, I predordered The Antique Doll.  I got the last one in 2014, and I don't want to run the risk of not getting her. There are more dolls online, and the store will open around the first week of September.
Part of the Gnome Home


Summer is a good time to gather grasses, cornhusks, nuts, and other natural materials to make dolls.  Last year, I drew my series of Herb's Daughters paper dolls.  Thanks to my good friend Steph H, herself a paper dol artists, who sends me great envelopes of paper doll supplies!

Happy Collecting, stay healthy.  Dolls are great stress relievers, and stress can be the greatest killer of all.

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