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Our February 2012 Issue...
 
 
 
 
 
For many collectors of French bébés their first introduction to that world was through the dolls of Jumeau. Just as they attracted little girls of the 19th century, they continue to entice collectors today. The company's prolific output and commercial success ensures that for collectors of French dolls there is a Jumeau waiting for them. Janet Gula takes out on a journey featuring the extraordinary dolls of this legendary company.
The Game of La Poupée Modèle was first offered in the magazine in 1886. The delightful game markers depicting pretty little girls in costumes were also meant as models to inspire mothers into making outfits for their own jeunes filles. In her article Sylvia Mac Neil explains the intricacies of this moralistic game. The colorful playing board and the markers are reprinted here along with Chiffonnette modeling a precious country dress of piqué.
Who has not read a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson? Inspiring dollmakers for over two hundred years, one of the most successful among them was Alice Jorgensen. Elizabeth Schmahl and Carmen Farrell showcase the amazing artistry of Jorgensen's diminutive creations and how they perfectly captured the whimsy of Anderson's stories.
The phrase "Paris Apache" means many things— a style of dance, fashion and for collectors, certain boudoir dolls of the 1920s. The fascinating and surprising history behind the Apache movement is revealed in our article by Dominque Pennegues. Illustrations and fabulous dolls capture the spirit of this Paris phenomenon.
After ten years of operating the Village Doll Shop, Becky and Andy Ourant decided a celebration was in order. Inspired by miniature room boxes, they transformed their shop, a popular destination in the heart of Lancaster County. We know you will love it as much as we did!
In spite of wartime shortages, the 1940s were prosperous times for the doll trade. Ursula Mertz presents four attractive doll pairs from this era offered in presentation boxes or trunks with additional clothing. The Effanbee Company in particular was successful in taking advantage of changing economic conditions.
An article in the 1912 issue of the Ladies' Home Journal, entitled In Her Own Words… The Wonderful Kruse Baby Dolls… The Story of the Origin of the Famous German Dolls As Told by Their Originator, Frau Kaethe Kruse was sent to us by one of our readers and reprinted in our February issue.
The December Gaithersburg, MD doll show, reminded dealers and customers of the good old days— plenty of buying and a great crowd. We bring you some of the treasures not to be missed.

There is still plenty of UFDC national convention coverage to come. In this issue, we highlight some of the blue ribbon winners in the modern competitive category.

Happy Collecting!

 


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