Take a look at our March 2016 issue...
Our March cover features an outstanding Queen Anne wooden in all original condition, 17 inches, and dating from 1720. She will be offered at Morphy Auctions' during their March 4-5 doll auction and offers a rare opportunity to take home an historical treasure. This and other important dolls to be sold can be seen in our preview.
Elizabeth Bentley Hamilton invites you to step inside an English Victorian dolls' house. Except for a marvelous English wool rug, the house came unfurnished, so she had the pleasure of adding appropriate miniatures and dolls' house dolls to bring it to life as a stately home in the English countryside.
Bleuette's journey began in 1905 in the pages of "La Semaine de Suzette" and continued for 55 years. Over the years, as fashions changed, Bleuette saw her wardrobe reflect the lives of real life middle and upper class girls. Nicki Burley discusses the knit and crochet patterns made for Bleuette and includes a charming cape pattern for your Bleuette to wear on those chilly nights.
The most famous cat of all is not Felix, indeed a far longer and more romantic history belongs to Puss in Boots who made his first appearance in 1697. Julie Blewis has an impressive collection of these fanciful felines, one whose popularity has not waned over the years.
There were once two dollmakers creating Indian dolls around the same time. Interesting they were both named Mary: Mary Dwyer McAboy, creator of Skookum dolls and the dolls made by Mary Frances Woods. Lois Cohorst shares knowledge of the two makers and their fascinating and collectible dolls.
In general, it seems that when men created dolls they often had some life-like animation to enhance the play value. In Ginger Strain's article she shares some of the playthings that showcase the mechanical influence on the doll world. Some will surprise you!
Back to the good ol' days… 1941 when Kimport Dolls was busy locating dolls from around the world and publishing their finds in the tiny publication "Doll Talk." We take a fun look back at an earlier era in doll collecting.