Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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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A lovely dress

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!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rescued Open House 2018


Rescued Open House

September 22, 10-4; September 23, 12-4


 

Come celebrate with Rescued, and perform good deeds while you shop!

 

In their own words, “We are a non-profit high-end resale shop. Our profits go to help local pets in need. Gladly accepting new and gently used donations.”



 

            Rescued has wonderful clothing that is very reasonable., books in terrific shape, many still on the best seller list for $1!



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Great Reads via Rescued!

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Great clothes via Rescued!

 

            There is a wonderful selection of art created from barn wood as well as a nice collection of succulents. Literally, all profits go to help local pets who need help.



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Courtesy, Rescued.  Some great hand made pottery ad
Succulents displayed at OMG Beckyfest Fair!
 



 

            Also, to be held at another lotion to benefit Rescued, there is a great event for creating string art.  See below.










 


Courtesy, Rescued
           



Rescue yourself as well as a fur child, and other pets in need!  Shop Rescued!
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Courtesy, Rescued. Paper Dolls

More Dolls I've Found there, Courtesy, Rescued

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Courtesy, Rescued.  One of my recent finds!





 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Top Five 19th Century Collectible Dolls - Ruby Lane Blog

Top Five 19th Century Collectible Dolls - Ruby Lane Blog: Rare Big Grodnertal Wooden Doll as Fortune Teller 1.    Grodnertal wooden dolls:  Also called “Dutch” for Deutsch or peg wooden dolls, they are lathe turned dolls, some earlier versions with tuck combs.  They came in sizes of about ¼ inch to very large examples.  Queen Victorian and her governess dressed 132 of them, and Tottie... Read more »

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Our Own Lynn Murray and Aretha Franklin

This has been another sad, strange week, to go with this morose, miserable year.  We mourn first our dear friend Lynn Murray, a talented, gracious woman and well-know citizen of the world of dolls.


Lynn was a contributor and good friend to the doll magazine I used to work for.  The old editors adored her, and I could see why.  She was kind and helpful, and brave.  Her work was meticulous and very helpful to me and to other collectors and writers.  Her cheerful posts on FB were an inspiration; all I can say is , now who is remembered with so much love, and how has such friends, ever really dies.


Aretha Franklin was Queen of Soul, but also a Queen of Hearts.  Just days ago, it seems, she became one of my Twitter followers on Dr. E's Doll Museum, or her rep was.  I do know it was her official page.  She had only done one tweet at the time.  I was touched and honored; occasionally, a celebrity will join our Twitter family and we welcome them as we do all followers, especially those interested in dolls.  Yet, this is not the only time she has touched my life.


When I was ten, I had my photo taken at a local studio.  My parents had it done every year on my birthday.  That year, the photo was entered in a national contest, and Aretha Franklin was one of the judges.


This week is an anniversary for many deaths; the 15th, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, would have been my grandmother Marie's birthday and her name day.  She and my Dad died November 15th.  It's the 9 month anniversary of Dad's death and my friend Steph Hammonds ( well known paper doll artist, collector, and author) death.   August 14th, 1974, a close friend named Janet C. died in a car accident.  She had just recovered from a terrible year of health issues.  Life is not fair, not at all.


I've bee to too many funerals this year, read too many obituaries.  Many, like my beautiful Rosemary, Mikki B, doll artist, Steph, kept me going when my family was in crisis.  Now they are with the angel, too. When I lost my mother, some of me died with her.  There is no closure, only coping, and remembering.  God bless all who read my blogs, and may all who grieve find peace.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Milliner's Model

She's only about 6 inches high, and dates to around 1840.  She is a new addition, and I adore her! 
Looking for a tiny calico print so I can create a dress for her.

The Music Man - More Photos


Marian Artist's Porcelain Doll in Museum

Two Porcelain Doll in "River City" setting.

Grand Piano with miniature River City set up.

Civil War Music Display.2500 harmonicas are there, too.

Shirley Temple with Dixie Wilson

Charlie Chaplin Display

Antique German Doll perches on an antique organ.  A little girl manikin plays.




Meredith Wilson



These images are from Mason City, IA, home of Meredith Wilson who composed The Music Man.  The indoor museum features a street completely with stocked stores and a real ice cream parlor just as they were at the time Wilson grew up there, and as they were for the setting of the musical. The street reminded me of  The House on the Rock's shops of yesterday.  There were dolls here and there, especially in the Wilson boy hood home.  There is a conservatory upstairs in operation.

I loved this place; I had a lot in common with Wilson's father, a lawyer who turned to other professions. 


When the movie premiered in the early 60s, its stars, including Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, and Buddy Hacket were on hand with Wilson.  Wilson lead one of the band in "76 Trombones!"  They show a film at the museum, and it was very moving. 



Music Man Square



Wilson's Statue

Wilson home until 1931.



Museum Display

Homemade Dolls representing Music Man characters

Display about Dixie Wilson, his sister, an author, artist, and musician

Outside of Museum


Skipper

I love this Skipper from my collection.  She came with this case, and this great outfit, a classic.  It has
its tiny gloves and anklets.  Skipper still has her headband, and she is early 1960s; I got another of these dresses when
I turned 5, with Scooter.  I played with two little boys who were brothers; there parents had been among my mom's first students, then we were neighbors.  When she started, my mom was five years older than her students. The hall monitor used to stop her.

Modern Fashion doll, maybe LIV, modeling Ballet outfit in Skipper Case


More puppets and Tony Sarg

Display Case of Baird Puppets

Little Roo





Photo of Baird with Puppet

Puppet Nativity

Joey Bishop Show

Abby Dalton is to Bishop's left. A baby doll, I think early vinyl, was being used in
parenting classes for couples expecting.

Bil Baird

Below are images from the MacNider Museum.  I took the photos.  They are of the work of puppetter Bill Baird, who worked with Tony Sarg and others.  With Sarg, who was also a renowned doll artist, Baird worked on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons. Baird did the Sound of Music puppet. He did puppets for many other produccitons, cinluding The Wizard of Oz.  There are nearly 100 puppets on display, most gifts of Baird and his family.   For more on Sarg, see The Spinning Wheel Complete Book of Dolls.


Book on Baird, for sale at the museum.  Finger Puppets and Hand Puppets are also on sale there.



Baird puppets.  He also had his own TV puppet shows.



Sound of Music Puppets
Detail of a Painting of Baird and his Creatios

Display showing how Baird used everyday objects to make puppets.  I have a doll I made out of a
1/2 gallon milk jug.  I found this very interesting.

More Baird Puppets; look at the similarity to some of The Muppets.

Christopher Robin

Ghost Puppet and Milk Bottle Puppet.  Some Baird puppets appeared in commercials.

Puppets doe in Honor of the Moon Landing

My favorite Sound of Music Puppet, the little goat girl!

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