Take a look at our January 2016 issue...

The coincidental occurrence of unrelated events that end with a meaningful result… that is the meaning of the term “synchronicity” coined by Carl Jung. In our cover article Kathy Crescuillo shares doll stories that demonstrate happy endings, one of them being our delightful cover, a Simon Halbig dressed as a shepherdess.

 

A UFDC luncheon led Susan Forman to research the early trading history of Japan and the influence that the Japanese ichimatsu dolls would have on other cultures. Not only the dolls that influenced European doll makers but later Japanese dolls that flooded U.S. markets during World War I and later are discussed in this fascinating article.

 

Kestner molds 220 and 226 are often confused which can lead to a costly mistake. Marina Tagger compares the two dolls, both adorable, from every angle, ensuring collectors can make an informed decision.

 

The national UFDC convention afforded an opportunity to photograph one of our favorite exhibits, one devoted to cloth doll cottage industry production during the 18th and early 19th centuries. What an exhibit it was!

 

Join us as we tour the Ram’s Head House, a late 19th century one-of-a-kind English dollhouse in the collection of Ann Meehan. From its simulated stone and brick work to its period furnishings, it is a study in miniature perfection!

 

We share with our readers two additional UFDC exhibits from the 2015 national convention: “Kimport Dolls from the Whole Wide World” and “Small Dolls, Big Dreams.” Special exhibits brought to attendees through the generosity of UFDC members add much to the exciting convention experience.

 

Jane Foster writes about the history of the Mary Hoyer Doll Company, the only company in the U.S. that has been operated continuously by the same family. Examples of early composition dolls in their knitted outfits and later hard plastic dolls, exquisitely costumed are included.

Happy New Year!