Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

The Jumeau 201

The Jumeau 201
Courtesy Theriault's and Antique Doll Collector Magazine

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

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Tuxedo and Bangles

Tuxedo and Bangles

A History of Metal Dolls

A History of Metal Dolls
Now on Alibris.com and In Print! The First Book of its Kind

Alice, Commemorative Edition

Alice, Commemorative Edition
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory
Her Grace wishes us all a Merry Christmas!

Annabelle

Annabelle

Emma Emmeline

Emma Emmeline
Our New Addition/fond of stuffed toys

Cloth Clown

Cloth Clown

Native American Art

Native American Art

the triplets

the triplets

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
Bought Athens on the street

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Sand Baby Swirls!

Sand Baby Swirls!
By Glenda Rolle, courtesy, the Artist

Glenda's Logo

Glenda's Logo
Also, a link to her site

Sand Baby Castaway

Sand Baby Castaway
By Glenda Rolle, Courtesy the Artist

A French Friend

A French Friend

Mickey

Mickey
From our friends at The Fennimore Museum

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll
British Museum, Child's Tomb

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll
Among first "Toys?"

ushabti

ushabti
Egyptian Tomb Doll 18th Dynasty

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

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Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase

Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
Courtesy, Antique Daughter

Judge Peep

Judge Peep

Hakata Doll Artist at Work

Hakata Doll Artist at Work
From the Museum Collection

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Japanese Costume Barbies

Japanese Costume Barbies
Samurai Ken

Etienne

Etienne
A Little Girl

Happy Heart Day

Happy Heart Day

From "Dolls"

From "Dolls"
A Favorite Doll Book

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Jenny Wren

Jenny Wren
Ultimate Doll Restorer

Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Baby Boo 1960s

Baby Boo 1960s
Reclaimed and Restored as a childhood Sabrina the Witch with Meow Meow

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum
L to R: K*R /celluloid head, all bisque Artist Googly, 14 in. vinyl inuit sixties, early celluloid Skookum type.

Two More Rescued Dolls

Two More Rescued Dolls
Late Sixties Vinyl: L to R: Probably Horseman, all vinyl, jointed. New wig. R: Effanbee, probably Muffy, mid sixties. New wig and new clothing on both. About 12 inches high.

Restored Italian Baby Doll

Restored Italian Baby Doll
One of Dr. E's Rescued Residents

Dolls on Display

Dolls on Display
L to R: Nutcrackers, Danish Troll, HItty and her book, Patent Washable, Mechanical Minstrel, Creche figure, M. Alexander Swiss. Center is a German mechanical bear on the piano. Background is a bisque German costume doll.

A Few Friends

A Few Friends
These dolls are Old German and Nutcrackers from Dr. E's Museum. They are on loan to another local museum for the holidays.

Vintage Collage

Vintage Collage
Public Domain Art

The Merry Wanderer

The Merry Wanderer
Courtesy R. John Wright, The Hummel Collection

The Fennimore Doll Museum

The Fennimore Doll Museum

Robert

Robert
A Haunted Doll with a Story

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

The Cody Jumeau

The Cody Jumeau
Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

German Princesses
GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
Halloween 2004

The Island of the Dolls

The Island of the Dolls
Shrine to Dolls in Mexico

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death
Doll House murder

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A lovely dress

A lovely dress

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann
A few friends in cloth!

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI
Pixar Animator's Collection

Little PM sisters

Little PM sisters
Recent eBay finds

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Really old Dolls!

Really old Dolls!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lifelike 'Sophia' Robot Granted Citizenship to Saudi Arabia

See below; this is a big doll, folks!  Dolls as collectibles are not necessarily culturally favored in Islamic companies because of religious prohibitions against idolatry.  Toys for young children are allowed, and there is a barbie type doll called Fullah available on eBay.  Very interesting.



Lifelike 'Sophia' Robot Granted Citizenship to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Autumn; Public Domain and My Photos for you to Enjoy!

This is the time of year when anything can happen, when the air is magic.  It is finally crisp and cool, and Halloween is just one week away, and Christmas two months off! My memories of this time of year are the best.  My mother and I decorated our window, and I made many of the decorations. She made most of my costumes, including a fantastic Raggedy Ann like no other I've seen, and a witch with cats appliqued on her dress.  One outfit came form Spain, a rare exception to our homemade tradition, and one was Laura Ingalls.  Dad took a whole group of us trick or treating; once in a while there was a party, too.  My Aunt Rose went out of her way to do little seasonal tea parties; and she excelled at Halloween, even to a great clown outfit she had.  I loved the parade at school, and the Sunday School parties.  I hope your memories are as good.  Take out your Gurley candles, your witches, scarecrows, and corn dollies.  Explore making dolls with gourds and cornhusks, and above all, enjoy!













Herb's Daughters paper doll by Dr. E, based on a Goebel Half Doll

Pumpkin Moonshine of my own

Herb's Daughter, Belladonna, Grows in my yard! By Dr. E

Annilee Cat







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March of the Japanese Friendship Dolls; Guest Blogger Caroline Johnson

It was pure serendipity that my friend Caroline, collector of beautiful ethnic dolls and world traveler, sent me the story below about a friendship doll.  I have visited the doll on display in The Milwaukee Public Museum, and we used to have one at former Audubon Elementary School.  There was more than one doll there; besides the traditional doll, there were smaller, vinyl baby dolls with black wigs made during the early 80s, and some other children's artifacts.  My son's former 5th grade teacher took the dolls home with her when the school closed.


A friendship doll was on display around 20 years ago at our local children's museum.  Now, another doll, Miss Hokkaido, is being restored at the Putnam Museum, Davenport, Iowa.  She is Iowa's Japanese Friendship Doll, and is also called Miss Hanako Hokai  Masaru Aoki, who is affiliated with the Yashitoku Doll Company, Tokyo, has been in the area to restore the 32" doll.  In 1927, the US sent over 12,000 dolls to Japanese children, and 58 Friendship Dolls were sent in return, according to the Quad-City Times. Festival, usually celebrated March 3d.  Miss Hokkaido has her own passport, date October 1927. For more on these dolls and on Japanese dolls, see my article on Japanese dolls in Antique Doll Collector Magazine, as well as works by Lea Baten and others.

From Caroline Johnson, our friend, and current guest blogger: I’m sharing this Doll story that may be of interest to you & that you may like to share.
I try to go to the MN Doll Jamboree every year, as a Doll collector it’s my highlight to go. The Jamboree selects a cause to contribute to each year. Last year it was to help to restore Miss Miyazaki, which is a Friendship Doll from Japan.
Here’s the story:
After WWI a retired missionary to Japan came home to California & was appalled to fine immense discrimination against Japan. Many Japanese had immigrated to California & we’re taking up jobs & buying property. The missionary was saddened to think how American children were being taught about Japanese people, so he had children here send toy dolls to children there. Japan was so touched that they had Japanese Doll artists make 55 dolls  made as a gift of friendship to show their culture. These dolls were 3’ tall. There were parades all around the US featuring these dolls. One was given to each state. Then WWII happened. The dolls took backstage some were donated , some were even thrown out. 33 of these dolls have been found, some in great disrepair. Minnesota’s Miss Miyazaki was found in the basement of the Hibbing library. She has been restored & is making her debut at the history center. Thought you may like to know😜