Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

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

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Raggedy Ann

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Little PM sisters

Little PM sisters
Recent eBay finds

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Really old Dolls!

Really old Dolls!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Scenes from American Doll and Toy Museum's Progress

 We are still at it; making plans to move the rest of our cases and rearrange what we have. Beginning to cut lumber for the cases to be enclosed in glass.  Also, began landscaping with lovely black mulch and blooming flowers.

After six weeks of being ill and out of commission, I am bouncing back, and have attended and set up at our first doll show of the year.  Still need donations; we have many expenses and can't open to the public yet.  Building maintenance is expensive, and coming out of my pocket.

Thinking outside the Doll House, a Memoir is selling well.  It is available on Booktopia, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Austin Macaulay.  There are three formats; eBook is around 4.50.

Enjoy the pictures, and Happy Collecting!

Doll Show Set UP


Book at the Show


Custom Decorated Hats

German Bisque, before 1890, gift of K. Stineman

Vintage Dolls from India, Gigi's Dolls and Sherry's Teddy Bears

Art doll from 70s

Crissy and Friends, gifts of L. Christopher

Scene from my shadow box, The Vampyre Doll Collector

Molded Cloth Art Doll

Puppet Shows, soon, courtesy Dr. J. Milani and Rock Island Public Library

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Large Custom Hat for large dolls, bears . . . or people

RBG with part of our law books


Part of our Ancient Doll Display

Fayzah Spanos from my doll club colleague, Mary Sullivan

Landscaping

Our Building

Panorama View; these will be behind glass

30 inch Heubach; my mother knitted her jacket.  From Dick Taber, Summer Kitchen Antiques

Spanning Generations; Flat Top China, gift of K. Stineman. Mini Tonka trucks in background

Old Clock case diorama with small antique German and Japanese dolls.
Courtesy, Nancy Macray.

Dome with antique Japanese dolls, courtesy Nancy Macray.



Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 2021 Skyward by Dr. David Levy

 From our guest blogger, Dr. David Levy; sorry for the delay in posts on all my blogs.  I have been very ill, but am recovering.

Skyward for April 2021

 

by

 

David H. Levy

 

US Capitol, May 1975, by Dr. David Levy

 January 6, 2021

           Just one day after the Earth passed its closest point to the Sun in its orbit, its perihelion, the American Astronomical Society was having its annual meeting online, the United States Congress was validating the results of the 2020 national election, and Wendee and I were settling in for a civics lesson about the way the United States Government works.  The day did not turn out that way.

          Shortly before noon, on our television set a news ticker appeared.  It announced that two buildings in Library of Congress (LC), the James Madison, and quickly afterwards the Adams and Jefferson buildings, were being evacuated. That news sent a chill through me.   The LC is one of the finest libraries in the entire world. It contains more than 170 million books, of which more than thirty are books I wrote entirely or at least a foreword.  It also includes all of the more than two hundred  “Star Trails” columns I wrote for Sky and Telescope magazine between 1988 and 2008, and dozens more I wrote for other magazines and journals.  Only the British library, with over 200 million books, is larger than the Library of Congress. 

          This event was personal for me.  A few minutes later, when the entire Capitol complex was stormed, it was personal for all of us.  All of us had reactions to this, but in addition to the feelings I shared with most of you, I had an additional feeling– specifically about the library.

          How many books does it take to make a library? When I was a child in 1963, a teacher gave the best answer I’ve ever heard: “two books.” For me, a library– any library– is every bit as priceless as a dark sky.  The wisdom of the ages is contained in each library- from the LC to a child’s collection. I have never gone into a library without feeling better when I exited.  The idea that this magnificent collection was threatened that day was terrifying.

          I have read many books over my lifetime, from The Cat in the Hat to my boxed set of Lord of the the Rings.  One small treasure,  Jene Lyon’s Golden book Our Sun and the Worlds Around It, began a lifetime of stargazing.    That gem, by the way, also lives in the LC.  What is more, I have never encountered a really bad book.  When an author places her or his thoughts on paper in a book, that book immortalizes those thoughts.

          I hope that Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress are never threatened again.  They belong to we the people, and stand beautifully in Washington, D.C. to govern us, teach us, and encourage us to follow our dreams and reach for the stars.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Japanese Doll Festival March 3, 2016

I've been fascinated with this holiday ever since reading Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden.  I also adore Japanese dolls, as did Huguette Clark, the doll collector heiress.  In Mitsuwa Shopping Center, Arlington Heights, you can buy miniature vegetables and foods for The Doll Festival; we get their fliers from time to time, and it is fascinating to read about what you can buy to celebrate.

In honor of the doll Festival, and of my Uncle Tom, who bought me so many Japanese and Asian dolls, and who died on May 2, 1982, I'd like to showcase some of my recent Japanese Doll Purchases.  Enjoy!






Courtesy, Jason 72


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mini Madness


 Or not. Working on a new miniature scene or a doll house is calming. The mini world puts everything into perspective. Sometimes, I work strict to scale. Other times, I arrange for effect. Early Victorian and 18th and 17th c Doll houses inspire me. Im what I don't have, I study my books for more ideas. In a big world gone mad, it's good to have the small one where we make our own world and forecast our own destinies.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021