My husband and I attend or participate in doll shows, auctions and appraisal clinics throughout the United States and these past four months have been interesting.
“Smaller” is being heard more and more often at doll shows around the country. For a while, “cabinet size” was the size of choice. Collectors favored the dolls measuring 12 inches to 16 inches but today, we see collectors looking for dolls even smaller.
Confused? When people call me with questions concerning a Schmidt doll, the first thing I ask is, “How do you spell the name?”
People sitting on stools staring at the blinking machines in front of them, groups standing around tables tossing dice and people staring at screens with numbers flashing across them ... We walked through the smoky casino and entered a world of dolls.
In the doll world, the name Armand Marseille is a familiar one. According to The Collector’s Encyclopedia, “The popularity of the Armand Marseille heads is attested by the fact that a greater number of their bisque heads are found on dolls than of any other identifiable manufacturer.”
As the temperature soars into the 90s, we look for ways to stay cool. One popular way is to put on a swimsuit and take a plunge. It was no different in the early 1900s.
On April 23, Shirley Temple will turn 80. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed since many of us enjoyed seeing this talented child with the head full of curls dance across the silver screen.
Doll collecting has been a popular hobby for many years, but in the last few years a new type of collecting has become very popular. Collectors are looking for dolls with wardrobes – the larger the better.
Speaking of Dolls: Goodyear - More than tires
Dolls traditionally have been items of beauty. Beautiful costumes, long curls and sweet faces attracted the little girls who spent hours playing with their dolls.