Children of Japan

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Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

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ushabti

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy To Be Me Doll Takes on Barbie, August 15, 1991, and Thelma & Louise; the Two- headed Snake

Perhaps it was because he was also a ventriloquist, but the late Johnny Carson frequently alluded to dolls, puppets, and mannequins on The Tonight Show.  Tonight, from the August 15th show, he mentioned the Happy to be Me Doll, created with more realistic proportions to rival Barbie.   It didn't work.  I'm glad I was able to buy one at the time.


He also used miniatures and tiny doll clothes in a skit involving a parakeet that was in love with a bread roll. Corny, but cute.


Joan Embery came on with a two headed snake named Thelma& Louise.  Wow!  I confess I like snakes, and have snake dolls and stuffed animals.  One is called Ms. S. Snake, and wears a bikini.  Another has on a handknit skating outfit.


Recent favorite find:  A large Hummel figurine featuring a clown doll, and Effanbee's Dorothy wearing her ruby slippers.


What's in your doll case-------

Monday, August 14, 2017

Doll Museum: Recent Finds for the Museum!

Doll Museum: Recent Finds for the Museum!: Vintage Bye-lo, artist made, glass eyes, hand made lace gown. Under $10,  18 inches. 70s Bisque doll, original box My own antiqu...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sweet Baby!


To my friend, Michelle of Vintage Rose, who gave me this hard plastic and magic skin baby, and to Mary R., my friend who gave her this great red coat and hat!  We are very Maude Humphrey Bogart!  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Portraits of Doll Faces


Faces: a Gallery—One of my favorite books of dolls is Manfred Bachmann’s Dolls the Wide World Over.  The book contains an excellent photo study of doll faces from all over the world.  Here are some of the Doll Faces we love from Dr. E’s Doll Museum.  I post them in honor of the National Doll Festival, Theriault’s Auctions, and UFDC Convention taking place this week in Orlando, Fl:












 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Armand Marseille-Puppen A Tribute in German

Armand Marseille-Puppen
 
Für viele von uns ist die erste Antike Puppe, die wir zu unserer Sammlung hinzufügen ein Armand Marseille. Mir ist klein, ungefähr 8 Zoll, und trägt den Namen "Melinda" und sie Schloss Earles, als ich 11 Jahre alt war. Gekleidet war sie als niederländische junge in Vollendam gekleidet, mit einer kurzen, geschwollene braune Mohair-Perücke mit einem Mittelteil, fast schwarzes Glas, stationäre Augen und offenem Mund mit winzigen Zähnen. Ein Knöchel nötig reparieren. Sie ist eine gemalte Bisque Puppe, das bedeutet, dass die Farbe auf das Bisque angewendet wurde, nachdem sie abgefeuert wurde, nicht abfeuern in das Bisque als antiksten Bisque, die Puppen hergestellt werden.
 
Ich wäre beinahe gestorben, aus Liebe zu ihr.
 
Meine Mutter ging zurück in die antike zeigen, wo wir zuerst sah Melinda und brachte sie nach Hause. Wir ihr ausgezogen und entdeckt ihre fünf Stück, "Stick" papier Pappmaché-Körper. Mom ihren Fuß geklebt und repariert die Lackierung mit — Calamine Lotion! Sie trägt noch die Lackierung! Ein kleiner Fleck am Kinn ausgebessert Mutter sich mit ihrem eigenen machen.
 
Seit diesem Tag hat Melinda als kleines Mädchen gekleidet wurden. Sie trägt kleine Ballerinas an den Füßen und eine Spitze, blass blaues Kleid und weißen Strohhut. Ich würde nicht ihr für alles handeln.
 
A & M wegen Melinda, Puppen persönliche Favoriten geworden. Alma, Floradora, Rosebud, schöne 1894, eine große, seltene Größe Dream Baby, Mabel, eine Zigeunerin, mehreren indianischen Puppen und ein schottisches Mädchen haben sich uns angeschlossen.
 
Eine sehr große 370 kam zu mir von meinem Freund Jim R. Sie ist Minze und spielte nie mit. Sie hat blaue Augen schlafen, trägt eine antike grünen Samtkleid und ihren ursprünglichen, blondes Mohair-Perücke. Dieses Kleid ist derzeit auf einem A & M bei eBay, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-22-BISQUE-HEAD-KID-LEATHER-BODY-DOLL-1913-ARMAND-MARSEILLE-370-EX-CON-/371230760001?pt=US_Dolls&hash=item566f13dc41, so dass es eine Fabrik Kleid gewesen sein mag. Als sie in meinem Büro in der Schule ankam, das junge Mädchen nach vorne gebracht in das große Feld, dann, wie ein Witz, es auf den Boden gefallen!! Ich fast in Ohnmacht gefallen, aber die Puppe war paradoxerweise tragen.
 
Eine weitere Münze 390 Kopf ist so perfekt wie eine Meissen Figur. Es hat nie an einen Körper, und kann als ein Verkäufer Demo gedient haben.
 
Wenn ich in der Vielfalt und Kultur Unterricht, erwähnte ich Armand Marseille.
 
Wie viele von uns wissen, war Armand Marseille, Gründer der Firma, in der Mitte 19th c in St. Petersburg, Russland, das Kind der französischen Hugenotten Eltern geboren. Nach Dollreference.comverließ er mit seiner Familie Russland. Nach 1860 zog sie nach Deutschland.
 
Im Jahr 1884 kaufte Marseille eine Spielzeugfabrik in Sonneberg, Deutschland, Mathias Lambert. 1885 kaufte er die Porzellanfabrik Liebermann & Wegescher in Kopplesdorf.
 
Bei eBay derzeit, die Marseille Puppen Angebote reichen von 19.00 Uhr bis über $3000. 00 für ein Automat mit einem A & M Kopf, einmal in der Susan Manos-Sammlung. Viele sind unter $150,00 Preis, aber diese Gebote nicht schließen.
 
Vielleicht zu den produktivsten der Puppenhersteller für die damalige Zeit, soll er über 1000 Bisque Köpfe am Tag gemacht haben. In der Tat die 370 markiert Puppenköpfe auf Kind Körpern und 390 markierten Puppenköpfe auf gegliederte Komposition Körper sind die am häufigsten von der "Dolly konfrontiert" Puppen, noch, die in den 20er Jahren und Anfang der 30er Jahre, vom ursprünglichen Besitzer in den 90er Jahren und bis jetzt immer noch geschätzt.
 
Er machte Puppen für andere Unternehmen, einschließlich Columbia für CM Bergman. Andere Markennamen leitet oder Modelle neben den oben genannten Bessie, wurden Liebling Puppe, Herzogin, Lilly, Lissy, Miss Millionär, mein Begleiter, mein Mütterchen, meine schöne Puppe, meine Gespielin, unsere Anne [Label liest P.D.G. Co.], Daisy Grübchen, Sonnenschein, zierliche Dorothy und echte Kind Puppe. Einige davon wurden von Sears verteilt.
 
Viele von den verbrannten Puppenköpfe gefunden in alten Deponien oder Marseille Köpfe waren mit Flaschen, begraben. Ich liebe immer noch diese Köpfe und Puppen zu retten und sie in neue Puppen, zu ihrem alten Glanz wiederhergestellt.
 
Während die häufigeren Puppen, noch in einem guten Zustand zu bringen
 
 
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: January Interview: R. Lane Herron




Here is a link below in honor of my friend, the artist, and of Bastille Day!  Viva la France!!







Antique Doll Collector Magazine: January Interview: R. Lane Herron: R. Lane Herron January Interview We are honored and privileged this month to post an interview with my friend, renowned doll artist ...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kids Watch Videos of other Kids Playing, instead of Playing Themselves! Pretend Play Food Toys Cooking Compilation Video for kids! Family Fun Ac...






It thought my class was kidding when they told me one of the hot trends for kids was for them to watch YouTube videos of other kids playing with toys, but here's one of them.  There are all kinds of others, too.  Apparently, the kids are not watching just to review the toys, or to see them advertised, they do this in lieu of actually playing.  Good Grief!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rockets, Robots, Spacemen, Space Toys

A gallery:




Space Toys:  Artifacts and toys of exploration have been around for centuries.  Space toys certainly fit into this category.  Perhaps the oldest toy in the world is the doll; it’s form dates back at least 40,000 years to the prehistoric Venus figures.  Toy boats, complete with tiny sailors, were around in Ancient Egypt, and later in Greece, Roman, and elsewhere.  The Travels of Marco Polo, and then Columbus, inspired even more travel related and nautical artifacts; even Shakespeare caught the fever with The Tempest [O Brave New World that has such people in it!]. and Jonathan Swift parodied both toys and travel with Gulliver’s Travels and his scathing essay “A Modest Proposal.” By the time of the Conquest of Mexico, books on travel, some fake, and toys reflecting the love of the ocean and the Age of exploration were popular all over Europe and in the New World that was slowly being populated. 


 


Ancient Inuit culture involved small boats filled with tiny figures that were a talisman for safe voyages.  The Whaling industry inspired literature for adults and children that spawned children’s books and toys, including Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Rachel Field’s Hitty. Other souvenirs besides toys emerged, including Sailor’s Valentines, small items embellished with shells, macramé objects, ships in bottles, and scrimshaw. 


 


Pirates created a whole new nautical culture and mythology, and they, too inspired toys. Of course, they, and other ancient sailors have always navigated by the stars, sun, and moon.  They also followed the flights of birds and the patterns of swimming fish.  For more on the exploits of ancient sailors, I recommend my all time favorite, Thor Heyerdahl’s The Ra Expedition and Kon Tiki.


 


Space is indeed the final frontier, and Space toys are the cultural artifacts of that exploration; people collect alien action figures just as little girls collect dolls in international costume.  Think the intergalactic beauty pageant of Lost in Space.


 



Space Toys and Robots; Center, a Star Wars Purse


Space Toys, a Partial Collection, Right Foreground, G.I. Joe Space Capsule


Center, Star Wars Pumpkin Carving Set


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More Space Toys, Note the Chewbacca T-Shirt

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Toy Soldiers on Columbo!

Tonight's' episode of Columbo featured Robert Foxworth, star of Falcon Crest and widower of  Elisabeth Montgomery, as a murderous colonel.  The colonel had an impressive collection of soldiers, poised in battle to charge up Cemetery Hill.  A stray toy soldier nailed him.  One little soldier at the end credits was no soldier, but a miniature, toy soldier Columbo! The tile is Grand Deceptions (1989)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!


The Star Spangled Banner
Find all things patriotic at USA-Flag-Site.org
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that starspangled
banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the starspangled
banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the starspangled
banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the starspangled
banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When Dolls go to Work

 Here are a few of the little dolls and treasure that live in my office. I'm moving some out because I've had to repatriate two libraries. Enjoy, and make those dollies work!!










Monday, June 26, 2017

International Toys in Space: Introduction


The Lady Eve's Reel Life: OOAK Dolls: So Real They're Unreal

The Lady Eve's Reel Life: OOAK Dolls: So Real They're Unreal: Bette Davis by CyGuy Celebrity dolls, I discovered, have been around for a long, long time. According to Ellen Tsagaris of Dr...







See above; I was quoted from the Atlas Obscura interview I did on celebrity dolls; we at the museum are honored!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Barbie Fashonistas Unveiled and Ruby Lane

Mattel sent out an email about the new dolls, including four new versions of Ken that I blogged about for Ruby Lane.com.  Even more body types and diverse looks are available, making Barbie truly the "Everydoll" of our time.

Doll Bytes

Once again, dolls appear on the old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Last night, they did a sketch from the early 90s parodying home video shows. A baby doll was bounced around in a sketch about a baby swept out a window.  The doll reappeared baked in a birthday cake her mother took home.  NO babies were harmed, of course.  Last week the show from January 22, 1985 featured a detailed miniature room with bisque doll house dolls as part of a skit featuring The Mighty Carson Art Players.


Dolls are everywhere!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Black Dolls

Self portrait if Leo Moss.  Built over a discarded
composition doll. Photo by E. Tsagaris, D. Neff Collection

Leo Moss Doll.  D. Neff Collection. Photo by E. Tsagaris
Primitive Doll, leather head--Photo by E. Tsagaris.  D. Neff Collection

Coconut head by Isabel Greathouse. D. Neff Collection.  Photo: E. Tsagaris

Handmade cloth doll.  Costume of this doll emulates those of more expensive bisque dolls.
Photo, E. Tsagaris.
 
Example from Neff photo collection of girls with dolls and black dolls.  Photo by E. Tsagaris


Black dolls have played a role in our history from the first example created centuries ago.  Dolls tell the story of the people who created them, and are portraits of their makers in many ways.  Black dolls speak of courage, culture, art, and history that have shaped human endeavors for millennia.  Ancient Venus figures with corn-rowed hair, Egyptian Paddle dolls and Ushabti, ancient Iron figures from Benin, Nubian dolls and others testify to  this legacy of black doll making.

 

In California during the late 80s, the Rev. C. Laverne Williams, a lovely lady and gracious hostess, held a show devoted to black doll artists called The Holiday Festival of Black Dolls. R. John Wright, Magge Head Kane,  Floyd Bell, Carry Lisle, Leo Moss,  Shindana Toys, so many other gifted artists created them, too. The former Me Dolls site had amazing images of all kinds of dolls of color and ethnicity. O. Winfrey supposedly had a big collection, and the late Patrick Kelly, designer, had over 6000. His logo was a tiny black celluloid baby doll, sometimes made into a pin.  I once passed over a great T-shirt printed with one of these. It was for sale at Nordstrom’s.  Silly me.

 

Folk dolls made by slaves are valuable pieces of Americana that tell of historical struggle and injustice, and  black dolls made of nuts, wood, nipples, cloth, and other materials are the subject of museums and exhibits all their own.  Janet Pagter Johl wrote of them and pictured them in her books, and those picture here are from a current  exhibit of black dolls at The Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA.  They are from the D. Neff
Collection, and are part of an exhibit from the Mingei Museum. I was lucky enough to meet the talented woman who collected the dolls on exhibit, and also to attend the opening and reception.

 

Examples that have become scarce include black sock dolls that fit over antique bottles.  Examples of these and other folk dolls exist in Wendy Lavitt’s American Folk Dolls, Myla Perkins’ Black Dolls series, and Carl Fox’s The Doll.

 

Black Kewpie, aka “Hottentots”, are the quintessential doll for February; the angelic Kewpies, originally drawn by Rose O’Neill, sport blue wings and a red heart, and the black examples are iconic as well.   The RJW “Hottentot” Kewpie was release in 2001, and is made of felt and jointed.  The doll, of course, sports the famous red Kewpie heart, and is just adorable!

 

Lenci and Norah Wellings made exceptional black dolls of felt and velvet, and Madame Alexander has provided amazing and detailed examples over the years, some very rare models.

 

Another iconic black doll, the Golliwog, was inspired, in part, by a performer who was sketched by Toulouse Lautrec, “Chocolat.”  Originally born in Brazil, Chocolat was a star during the Moulin Rouge Era, and Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cakewalk”, Part of The Children’s Suite, was a nod to Chocolat the entertainer.  Robertson’s Jellies has long been associated with its Golliwog log and ins and other memorabilia it has sold.   They appear in Florence K. Upton’s “Two Dutch Dolls” in a Golliwog, and I’ve seen examples from Germany (Steiff), The United States, England, and South Africa.

 

Black memorabilia dolls and figures are popularly collected and include Mammy dolls made of different materials, often sold as souvenirs in New Orleans and Elsewhere. Other Mammy dolls are portraits of actress Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone with The Wind.  Miss McDaniel was the first African American actress to win the Oscar for her role, but she was also an avid doll collector and a pen pal of my friend, doll author and artist R. Lane Herron.

 

Dolls from Africa and the Caribbean illustrate the diverse nature and origin of dolls of color.   Africa has a rich history of dolls, idols, and masks that influenced Picasso and The Cubists.   These dolls are made of wood, iron, other metals, cloth, beeswax, husks, all sorts of natural materials, and beads.   An interesting exercise is to assemble pictures or examples of Dolls and statues made in African countries by African artists and group them next to a selection of black dolls form other parts of the world.  The variety of the African dolls is astounding, but often, the dolls from other parts of the world are simply painted black or brown.  It is an interesting study of how the African people see themselves, and how some other parts of the world see them.

 

Yet, black or brown bisque dolls, and antique wooden dolls are also things of beauty. An ethnic papier mache doll attributed to Bru of the Rosalie Whyel collection and represents a tribal woman wearing leather and beads.  She could be the dignified woman associated with Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness.”  Bru dolls and French fashion dolls of brown bisque are astounding, as are automatons like Zula the Snake Charmer.  Zula once fetched a quarter of a million dollars at auction, and a light skinned, biracial Jumeau exhibition doll has been valued at $250,000.  Black Frozen Charlottes and China heads have a charm all their own and make an amazing collection.  Black wax dolls and Crèche figures of the Three Kings often provide unusual additions to doll collections.  Puppets and marionettes are also terrific finds.  For more of these, review Mary Hillier’s books Wax Dolls, Automata, Dolls and Doll Makers, and Chloe Preston and the Peek-A-Boos.  Also, check out Who won Second Place at Omaha about Lenon Hoyte’s museum, Aunt Len’s, once in Harlem.

 

Vintage black dolls include versions of Terri Lee, Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, Chatty Cathy, Drowsy, Barbie, and Barbie’s friends as well as original creations like Afro Malaika, Ayoka and others by Annette Himstedt, Phillip Heath Dolls, Shindana toy babies, Ashanti, Florence Griffith Joyner,  Julia, Diana Ross, Redd Foxx, Jimmie Walker, Flip Wilson, Josephine Baker, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,  Butterfly McQueen,  M.C. Hammer, and Steve Urkel.

 

These dolls alone tell an amazing story.  Museums are devoted to them, and books are written about them. Like all dolls, they deserve to be curated, collected, and preserved as historical artifacts of humanity itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For London, Manchester, and The UK; Our Hearts are with You

Below is the famous speech by John of Gaunt; nothing expresses our love for England better.  We salute the people of the UK, in memory of my dear friends, British Writers Mary Hillier and Angela Wells:



John of Gaunt describes England


 


John of Gaunt:  This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,


 This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,


 This other Eden, demi-paradise,


 This fortress built by Nature for herself


 Against infection and the hand of war,


 This happy breed of men, this little world,


 This precious stone set in the silver sea,


 Which serves it in the office of a wall,


 Or as a moat defensive to a house,


 Against the envy of less happier lands,


 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,


 This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,


 Fear'd by their breed and famous by their birth,


 Renowned for their deeds as far from home,


 For Christian service and true chivalry,


 As is the sepulchre in stubborn Jewry,


 Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's Son,


 This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,


 Dear for her reputation through the world,


 Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,


 Like to a tenement or pelting farm:


 England, bound in with the triumphant sea


 Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege


 Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,


 With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:


 That England, that was wont to conquer others,


 Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.


 Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,


 How happy then were my ensuing death! 


 


 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Decoration Day

Decoration Day

I recited this poem at a Memorial Day school program in sixth grade, wearing a prairie dress my mother sewed for me. I don't remember the author, or one line of the poem, but here it is for all veterans, and for my grandfather's an everyone else in my family who served, and for my students in the military:

PD image of the Star Spangled Banner



My Grandpa’s old and kind of lame,

He doses in his chair,

And when the family goes some place,

He stays and doesn’t care.

 

He’d rather stay at home,

He says,

Than dress to go uptown,

And when he knows there’s

Company come,

He’s always lying down.

 

But once a year there’s quite a change on

Decoration Day.

Then Grandpa wears his uniform and

Hurries me away,

 

[To see a big Parade] . . . .

 

The shiny cars with great folks in,

The flower girls in white,

The bands that play the national airs,

With all their wind and might,

 

And the boys that wear OD

Come through,

And straight and tall,

The wind a blowing

Through his hair,

My Grandpa Stands Through it

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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A Gallery for Summer; Dolls, the Solstice, and me

Summer brings hope, and melancholy memories.  We are engaged in a variety of doll related projects, from programs to historical societies and work on our book on doll history and culture.  We cover the range of space toys and space law, to collectibles columns by the NY Times, fabulous finds, therapeutic doll hobbies, collecting, repairing, and more.  This month, I will be writing about art dolls in Antique Doll Collector, and my blog posts on Ruby Lane will continue to appear.  Some have my name as guest blogger, for those who count these things.



In light of family medical issues, I have to say that most days are work and running home to see what is happening.  It has been a constant diet of disaster du jour for everyone, but I see my mother in my mind's eye telling me never to give up.

I find writing to be the most helpful activity, with creating doll fairy gardens and miniature scenes next. These tell a story, and are made of many objects culled over the years that have just waited for that special moment.

For all of you, here is another link to the amazing Yamasaki Palmira Doll Collection, which may be translated into English once you reach the site. Enjoy: http://www.geocities.co.jp/PowderRoom/4336/

One quest I am on is to discover where the Whistling Bru whose owner was shot by the NAZIS as a spy is.  She appears in Helen Young's book, The Complete Book of Doll Making and Collecting, 1967.  Please write if you know, I and a colleague who works on recovering art stolen by the NAZIS would like to know. the girl allegedly too her dolls to a French convent for protection.  After she was shot, the nuns sold them, about six or seven in all, to an American doll dealer who sold all but one.  The dealer also bought hand crocheted lace created by the nuns and sewed it on the dolls costume.

So, here are a few photos.  Enjoy.  Lately, I have found a portrait doll of Rose O'Neill, many 80s, 90s miniatures, an original Strawberry Shortcake character in her box, trolls and Pee Wees in their boxes, Uneeda dolls, a black F.G. fashion with painted amber eyes, a large Handwerck, several 80s Barbies n their boxes, mint Seymour Mann dolls, many modern collectibles for less than a dollar, in box, a collection of 8 inch, handmade Victorian Doll Clothes for Alexander's little women, CPK and Faye Wine original patterns, and much more.  the 80s and 90s dolls are a find; I have had to fill in that part of my collection.  I was in school those years, and not buying many dolls. I also scored, finally, the last Hatchimal at Target!






Japanese Ceremonial Dolls, Public Domain


日本語で博士 E の人形博物館 [Dr. E's Doll Museum in Japanese}: Yamazaki Palmira Doll Collection

日本語で博士 E の人形博物館 [Dr. E's Doll Museum in Japanese}: Yamazaki Palmira Doll Collection: Follow this link for an amazing cite in Japanese that can be translated into English.  http://www.geocities.co.jp/PowderRoom/4336/

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Charlie's Angels Dolls on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

The old Johnny Carson show is sometimes a time capsule for vintage dolls and toys, especially for what was trendy during the 70s and 80s.  Tonight's episode on Antenna TV featured Chevy Chase showing Charlie's Angels dolls, as well as the Diana Ross and Farrah Fawcett 12 inch dolls, all dolls in my own collection.  It was great to see these in the original packages.  Below are some photos for you to enjoy.



Vintage Charlie's Angels Dolls, Public Domain

Diana Ross, Public Domain

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