Month-long doll exhibit planned in LA


LOS ANGELES – If you think you know dolls, think again! Models came in all different shapes, sizes, compositions and configurations. Metal heads, fur eyebrows, glass eyes, wood, cloth, and even celluloid bodies were all regularly seen among these toys. 

A Child’s Friend: A Look at Victorian Dolls opens April 23 and runs through May 23 at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, where you can see just how different dolls during the Victorian Era were from those of today.


200 years of dolls

More than 40 dolls take visitors on a trip around the world to see just how diverse, interesting and sometimes exceptionally odd dolls could be during this period. From an 1840s American-made china doll to an 1880s 26-inch doll made by the N.B. Japan company to the famous ACME dolls of the 1920s, this exhibit is a must for any collector of vintage dolls. The exhibit will be on display in Mt. Pleasant Home, which was built in 1876 and was considered one of the grandest residences in the area at the time.

Entrance to the exhibit is included with admission ($10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 for children age 5-12). The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Celebrating 40 Years of Preservation and Interpretation of the History of Southern California, Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles. Eight historic structures at the museum site help to unlock the key to the history of Southern California.

The museum is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of downtown Los Angeles.

For further information, the public may call 323-225-2700 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.heritagesquare.org or the museum blog at http://heritagesquare.blogspot.com.




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A Child's Friend: A Look at Victorian Dolls opens April 23 and runs through May 23 at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Heritage Square Museum.

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