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Our August 2014 Issue...
Our cover will have you longing for crystal clear waters, palm trees and those delicious tropical drinks. Early Caribbean dolls from the French West Indies dressed in costumes representing their status in Creole society were known as "Popotes." The highly structured caste system in these islands valued the "câpresse," a person of black and mulatto parents, who were perceived as very good-looking. Samy Odin's article shares with us five all leather popotes as well as other dolls that exemplify European's fascination for Caribbean costumes.
Ann Meehan, a long time collector and dealer of dollhouses and miniatures, invites us to discover two of her special one-of-kind dollhouses… an American house, originally from Long Island, dated 1903 and a special dollhouse considered a national treasure from Spain. Their exquisite furnishings and dollhouse dolls are a reflection of her many years of collecting the finest.
During the late Victorian period, fashion dictated that certain features of a woman's body be both constricted and distended by undergarments known as "beauty aids." And, so it was with the stunning Parisienne French dolls who wore the elegant fashions of the day. Melanie Luther's article features a variety of doll-sized hoop slips, bustles, corsets, trains and crinolines for dressing your poupée.
In her article French cloth doll expert Dominique Pennegues proves that Jean Ray, a brilliant illustrator, was the first to initiate a renaissance in doll-making a few years prior to World War I. His artistic doll creations and illustrations, which are shown here, add to our understanding of this new doll movement.
Mother-of-pearl beckons us with the promise of luxury yet it is affordable and plentiful. It is not surprising that many French doll accessories were fashioned from this natural substance. Laurie Baker shares some of these delightful objects of French artistry and design.
As promised, this issue brings you more highlights from the spring TLC grand tour. Our first full days we enjoyed the exquisite gardens and an outstanding collection of 18th century marionettes at Italy's Isola Bella and Isola Madre in Lago Maggiore.

A look back at the Toledo Doll Show plus auction highlights promise you an exciting and fact-filled issue!

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