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Our August 2012 Issue...
 

Cuno & Otto Dressel's Own Munich Art Type Dolls
by Julie Blewis

Not long after Marion Kaulitz introduced the character dolls that heralded the beginning of the German character movement, Otto and Cuno Dressel introduced a line of papier mache/composition head dolls. In our cover article by Julie Blewis, she shares several examples of these rare dolls. The striking resemblance to the Munich Art dolls is readily apparent.

Another Avenue of
Coquetry Has Been Ingeniously Introduced

by Sylvia Mac Neil

Simple to make, but irresistible with their fanciful trimming, snoods and nets were an important item of headgear during the mid-nineteenth century, fashioned for every occasion and adding variety to one's toilette. Sylvia Mac Neil presents Chiffonnette who models an array of these delightful accessories, followed by an easy to follow pattern so you can add panache to your own poupée's wardrobe.

Brave, Gay, and Beautiful
German Flapper Ladies
by Simon and Halbig and Armand Marseille

by Sharon Weintraub

Zelda Fitzgerald was quoted as saying she wanted her daughter to be a flapper, because, in her opinion, flappers are brave and gay and beautiful. An estate sale was Sharon Weintraub's introduction to the German ladies with slim bodies and long legs, representative of the flapper style. She shows us four lovely examples modeling their period costumes. These ethereal beauties are quite elusive, suggested most mothers did not want their daughter to grow up to be flapper!

The Seven Faces of Margaret
by Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca Hawkins was giving a doll program on antique dolls when she realized that "Margaret," the doll she brought to show to club members, appeared to have a bit of cloth sticking out of the underside of her head. Margaret turned out to have no less than seven faces or shall we say seven lives as she continued to be loved by generations of children!

Learning About
American-Made Dolls
Effanbee's Sweetie Pie
and Tousle-Tot

by Ursula Mertz

Ursula Mertz introduces us to Effanbee's "Sweetie Pie," who made her debut in 1942. Quite extravagant for the time period, she was a baby doll with a rosebud mouth and sparkling eyes. We also meet "Tousle-Tot," a close cousin, whose only difference was the body style. These little known dolls highlight an important period in the history of American doll companies.

National Antique Doll
Dealer Show; A Week-End in Historical Boston

by Valerie Fogel

NADDA's most recent show took place in Waltham on the outskirts of Boston, MA. Valerie Fogel documents this wonderful weekend with visits to the Wenham Doll Museum, home of Miss Columbia, the Claflin-Richard's house and the Peabody Essex Museum. All this excitement before the show even opened! A welcoming reception for dealers and attendees was followed by the show opening, and a full day of sales on Saturday. Nancy Smith presented an excellent program on American cloth dolls using stellar examples from her collection along with Tore Scelso's.

 

Be sure to check out readers' questions in, "Do You Have a Mystery Doll," and if you know the answer, please send them an email or respond to us. There are some interesting auction results, including a sale in Toyko that you won't want to miss. And as always, fantastic antique and vintage dolls for sale.

Happy Collecting

 

Be Sure to Check Out the Doll Shows and Auctions in Your Area!

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