As we read the paper and watch the news, that “silver lining” in these struggling economic times may seem very far away, but if you are a collector or a dealer in the antique and vintage doll market, that “silver lining” may be closer than you think.
As I visit doll shows, museums and collections around the United States, one observation stands out: Male dolls are in the minority. When I say male or men dolls, I am referring to true male dolls, dolls that can be only men or boys.
When you listen to the news, watch it on television or read the newspaper, you wonder if there is a “silver lining” anywhere. Well, if you are a collector and have some savings set aside, now is a good time for buying.
Remember the Edsel from the 1960s and the Pacer from the ’70s? These items are different, a variation of what is in production. Sometimes they are accepted and become part of production but often these introductions are just a little too odd and after brief exposure are relegated to the back...
The doll world is not only a world of fantasy and fun but also a hotbed of invention and innovation. Doll makers and manufacturers are constantly searching for something that is cheaper, more moldable, more realistic or just unique.
Because of early discrimination, china shoulder head dolls have remained in the shadows of doll collections for many years. Some collectors would not even have one in their collection and some that had one or two chinas often displayed them in the back behind their French and German beauties.
In Missouri in 1908, art teacher and illustrator Florence Pretz had a dream. In this dream, she imagined magical creatures in mystical forms.
The New Year brings resolutions and new dreams but it also brings snow and frigid weather to many parts of the world. Snow is not always welcomed by adults but for children, snow means snowmen, igloos, sledding, skiing, snowballs and rough and tumble fun.
Once in a while, you come across something so different that you want to share it with your doll friends. This is the case with a doll that I have recently acquired.