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Friday, November 30, 2018

Guest Blogger: Dr. David Levy, Skyward

Once again, it is our pleasure to feature Dr. David Levy as our guest blogger.




Skyward


December 2018


 


 Inner Starlight


 
Photo by Dr. David Levy


 In 1994,  Star Trek:  The Next Generation was one of the most popular shows on television.  The episodes were so good that it was easy to tell that the cast was especially enjoying themselves.  One of the episodes that year was “The Inner Light.”  It was a beautiful story in which a strange probe approaches the Enterprise and attaches a beam to Captain Picard, who loses consciousness and has a dream in which he is living on a distant planet.  He enjoys  a full life there, with a wife, two children and a grandson, and he becomes politically active in his community.  He even outlives his wife.  One day his daughter asks him to watch a rocket launch.    He hesitates, but then his deceased wife and best friend appear.  The Captain then exclaims,  “It’s the probe that was sent for me!”

After  enjoying this episode many times, I was reminded of another beautiful story.  Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1824, it is called The Great Stone Face and concerns a large natural face-like structure hanging near Franconia Notch, across some granite rocks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  The site was magnificent, at last until a few years ago when the face fell down in a big heap.  The cliffs are still there, but no more face.


The night sky is much like Star Trek, and much like Hawthorne.  We look at a group of stars, perhaps a constellation or two, and our brains begin to make connections.  On Star Trek we share the idea of travelling through space, even if all we have to warp through space with our two good eyes and a telescope.  Some of us may even remember chapter 12 of Hawthorne’s  masterpiece The Scarlet letter, in which the “A” is likened to a meteor crossing the sky at midnight:  “…before Mr. Dimmesdale had done speaking, a light gleamed far and wide over all the muffled sky. It was doubtless caused by one of those meteors, which the night-watcher may so often observe burning out to waste, in the vacant regions of the atmosphere.  And there stood the minister, with his hand over his heart; and Hester Prynne, with the embroidered letter glimmering on her bosom; and little Pearl, herself a symbol, and the connecting link between those two.”


       Was the meteor an interpretation of the scarlet A parading across the sky?  The night sky is full of messages, and only some of those messages come from astronomers.  The rest come from people like you and me, people who have innocently stood up a looked at the stars, and who have wondered.  The rest come from Shakespeare, and Tennyson, and perhaps even Nathaniel Hawthorne.


The next time you look at the stars, picture yourself not just watching them but reading them.   Learn the stories they tell, as interpreted by your favorite writers  whether they be Shakespeare, Tennyson,  Hawthorne, or even you.  What sparks your imagination can be something as simple as a story you have heard, seen read, or even written.  Even in our modern age,  the message could indeed be written in the stars.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Doll and Teddy Bear Lovers - Ruby Lane Blog

Holiday Gift Guide for Doll and Teddy Bear Lovers - Ruby Lane Blog: The Holidays are here in full swing!  Do you know what to buy your doll and bear aficionado friends? Generally, we aren’t hard to please; most of us never met a doll or bear we didn’t like.  Yet, it can be hard to buy for the collector, or doll, who has everything, so here are... Read more »

Sunday, November 18, 2018

What I've Learned from Dolls

Devoting yourself to a hobby helps you learn a whole subset of skills in areas you never thought you'd be good.






It dawned on my that I learned to bargain shop looking for dolls, good dolls that were usually much more expensive.   I carried those skills over to grocery stores and to a new awareness of coupons. After a while, it's second nature to hunt for bargains.


When I was about ten, my family and I used to spend Christmas in California.  We went to after Christmas sales at Pool, Patio, and Things, Sax, Bullock's, Emporium, and Macy's   I couldn't believe what I could find at 50% off.






Soon 75%  and 90% off became available.  Like my mom, I bought gifts for next year at the holiday sales.


If any of those bargains needed painting or sewing, I could easily fix it.  I learned these things and more repair and craft techniques from dolls.











When I taught contract law, I reviewed stories of how the big doll companies were built.  I learned the definition of merchant/expert from Article 2 of the UCC, or Uniform Commercial Code through studying antique stores and dealers.


Of course, I picked up on archaeology, sociology, history, literature, art, and music through dolls.  Even my cultural geography textbooks talked about costume doll and crafts, as well as textiles involving dolls and doll making.






Through dolls, I learned about display, management and organization.  Dolls and collecting earned a few lines in my dissertation, and in the intellectual property courses I taught.


Through the study of dolls, I learned a lot of life skills, but also to appreciate beautiful things, handmade crafts, and human expression.   I learned a lot about research of all types, and used that skill in all my jobs.  I learned social media because of dolls, and learned to observe carefully and to think outside the box.


Having the dolls to study and collect has saved my sanity o ore than one occasion. I suppose we all need a passion what Barbara Pym called something to love, what Woolf referred to as "a room of one's on."  Mine happens to be filled with dolls.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Unpacking the Dolls

As we move closer to getting a building for the American Doll & Toy Museum,  more and more dolls are being packed, unpacked, repacked, and moved.  It is a lot like Christmas everyday, and given the international nature of our mission, it's Christmas around the world.


Spoiler Alert:  If you are neat-freak, clutter phobic, doll phobic, grumpy, a doll snob, a doll diva, or very OCD [which I lean towards] Don't look!!


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Making Space and Making Room; the Doll Trek begins!



Small dolls on vintage acrylic shelves gleaned from our old Younker's Store
The Hills are Alive .. .
Italian porcelain miss dressed for travel.
Waiting their turn, cloth, vintage Halloween, vintage vinyl, bisque, antique and cloth
How will we ever gat packed ?
Tiny treasures wait patiently, if a little apprehensively.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall/ Who's the Fairest Doll of All
Angelic and cabinet sized
Native American Doll by Carlson Dolls, 60s-70s
I wonder if I'll have my own shelf?
Anyone need a ride?
The Storyteller is our bard; she tells of our journey.
Green Army Men, a gift from Marie T.
Family Portrait
So cute . . .
Is formal attire required?

A gift to the museum from Marie T.






And, we're just the drop in the bucket!! Look for more on the progress of our museum.























Monday, November 12, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tami Hoag's Dark Paradise and Toy Collections


I recently picked up another Tami Hoag thriller; love her books when I want to immerse myself in escapist horror and mystery!  She is a friend of my friend, Kim Ostrum Bush, also a romance writer.  Kim was my mom’s student, and a doll collector.  I ran into her one time at the old Masonic Temple Women’s Club Antique Show where Ralph’s Antique Dolls used to set up.  Now, the MT is Terror at Skellington Manor, my favorite haunt, with great animatronics and an extensive doll collection.

 

The novel I’m reading is Dark Paradise, and it takes place in New Eden, Montana.  There is an attorney who is also a collector of many things, including toys.  His name is Miller Daggrepont.  Here are his thoughts on collecting:

 

This is where I keep my collections . .. I collect everything  Signs, toys, farm equipment you name it.  Never know when the next big rage will hit.  I made a killing on Indian artifacts when all the Hollywood types started moving in.  They think they’re going native when they hang an old horse blanket on the wall.  Damned fools, I say—not because of the collecting.  Nothing wrong with collecting.  They’re just damned fools in general!(95)

 

 

Here are some more links if you enjoy large toy collections.  Don’t forget the Strong National Museum of Play. http://www.museumofplay.org/

 

Jerry Greene world’ largest toy collection. https://rockandrolljunkie.com/2015/02/26/4109/

 

 


 


 


 

 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Halloween a Doll Museum Scream


Please enjoy thee photos of dolls from Terror at Skellington Manor and Dolls from our Museum




















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National Doll Hall of Fame


National Doll Hall of Fame


How wonderful would it be if doll collectors could have their own hall of fame!  Sure, dolls are inducted into the national toy hall of fame, but we need something just for dolls.   After all, dolls are everywhere; I see them on old Tonight Shows with Johnny Carson, on Will and Grace, The Nanny, Roseanne, Blackish, The Goldbergs, in the news in literature, the list is virtually endless.



 In the broadest definition of “dolls”, any representation of the human figure, or any figural animal design, can be a doll of sorts.  According to this definition, every one could be a doll collector or miniaturist and not realize it.  People who like Hummels, Lladro, Precious Moments, Kewpies, Snow Babies, Art Deco Statues, Remington bronzes, paper dolls and paper sculpture, bric-a-brac, tiny charms of people, railroad figures, scarecrows, stuffed animals, taxidermy, puppets, anatomical figures, mascot collectors, bobbleheads, plush, automata, robots, etc, are, well, doll collectors.


Gigantic statues and flickering images on the silver screen, TV, and computer monitor are doll cousins, albeit distant ones.  Don’t believe me; read all about it.  Start with Edison’s Eve and other books by Gaby Wood.  Then, look up early doll authors Janet Pagter Johl, Mary Hillier, Leslie Gordon and Gwen White.

 


 

Here are some dolls and categories for our doll hall of fame.  I’d like to read yours in comments to those post.  Or, feel free to email me.  I also posted in my page Doll Universe. https://www.facebook.com/dolluniverse2/?eid=ARBguNKLpNy2WKWHvKA5pTemLnCPYywXHSpo3svY-j98Y3Etvclc2YgnAWCF64pyOlcxkglRwHLcR4VK .

 


 

You may reply and comment there. 

 


 

Here are the dolls and categories:

 

 

  1. Neanderthal Venus figures excavated in Israel, prehistoric Venuses including the Venus of Willendorf; these are what is left of the first dolls.  They date to the dawn of time. If dolls tell the story of humanity, then their stories need to be told.  Also, see the Lion Man figures and the story of the Nampa figurine.  To read more see Dolls and Puppets by Max von Boehn.
  2. Gingerbread figures and molds from The Middle Ages. 
  3. Nativity figures and early crèche dolls and santos.
  4. Wax works and anatomical venuses, including those by Mme Tussaud. Dolls by Pierotti, Vargas, Montanari Lucy Peck and Marsh, as well as other wax doll makers.
  5. Barbie; hands down the most popular doll I the world.
  6. Cabbage Patch Kids and friends with nods to Beanie Babies and Furby.  These are the doll that spawned madness in the toy aisles.
  7. Jumeau
  8. Bru
  9. The French Fashion Doll
  10. German Bisques with special nods to Armand Marseilles and Simon & Halbig
  11. The German toy trade, dating to The Middle Ages and earlier.
  12. Ancient Greek and Roman Dolls.
  13. Ushabti, idols, paddle dolls, mannikins and soldiers from Ancient Egypt
  14. Madame Alexander
  15. The Shirley Temple Doll
  16. Raggedy Ann and Andy
  17. Ginny and friends
  18. Patty Playpal and Family
  19. Terri Lee
  20. The fashion doll in general
  21. Kiddles
  22. Robbie the Robot
  23. Transformers
  24. Mego Action Figures
  25. Lenci
  26. Kathe Kruse
  27. K*R and German Characters
  28. Metal heads and metal dolls
  29. Lambchop
  30. Howdy Doody and friends
  31. Charlie McCarthy and the ventriloquist dummy.
  32. Wayland and Madame
  33. The Muppets, especially Miss Piggy
  34. Gumby and Pokey
  35. Davey and Goliath
  36. NIADA artists
  37. Paper Dolls History of Little Fanny and Little Henry
  38. Pantins
  39. Door of Hope dolls
  40. Bernard Ravca dolls
  41. Bunraku puppets
  42. Hina Matsuri Doll Day and other Japanese dolls
  43. Voodoo Dolls
  44. The Frozen Charlotte and Penny Doll
  45. Darrow
  46. Joel Ellis and friends
  47. Schoenhut
  48. Automatons of all types
  49. Puppets of all types
  50. Jenny Wren of Our Mutual Friend
  51. Letitia Penn
  52. The Bartholomew Baby
  53. Tomb figures
  54. Statues, including the largest statue in the world, which is of Buddha
  55. Dressed fleas.
  56. Kokeshi painted on rice
  57. Figures carved from a human hair including those in Mr. Wechsler’s Cabinet of Wonders.
  58. Favorite novels about dolls.
  59. Favorite novels that mention dolls.
  60. Favorite music about dolls.
  61. Favorite puppet play.
  62. Favorite poems about dolls.
  63. Best nonfiction books on dolls.
  64. Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons cf. Tony Sarg and Bil Baird.
  65. Kachinas
  66. Native American dolls
  67. Ashanti Dolls Ghana, and African dolls
  68. Iron dolls of Benin
  69. Cornhusk and folk dolls
  70. Leo Moss
  71. Black Doll history
  72. Best games about dolls.
  73. Best virtual paper dolls online
  74. Best software, computer games digital media about dolls.
  75. Best doll utensils, including Nutcrackers, Beehives, corkscrews, wooden spoons mugs, glasses, goblets, egg cups, etc.
  76. Edible dolls, including candy and bread, carved fruit, molded chocolate and ice cream.
  77. Best Christmas and Halloween figures.
  78. Scarecrows
  79. Best songs about dolls, e.g., The Ballad of Frozen Charlotte
  80. Sex Dolls and naughty dolls. 
  81. Best doll houses
  82. Best models
  83. Space men
  84. Toy soldiers
  85. G.I. Joe
  86. Teddy bears
  87. Plush
  88. Baby alligator dolls and taxidermy
  89. Spooky dolls, e.g., The Shelter for Misfit Dolls.
  90. Best antique doll company.
  91. Best vintage doll company.
  92. Best modern doll companies
  93. Reborn babies.
  94. Tamagotchi.
  95. Celluloid dolls
  96. Chalk carnival dolls.
  97. Composition
  98. Cloth, including Walker and Chase
  99. Grodnertal

100.                      China heads and Parian


 

Here are some categories to get you started.  Think outside the doll box; what do you come up with to fit these categories that can create a national doll hall of fame.