I am happy to report that the doll collecting world is alive and well. I have just returned from the annual United Federation of Doll Clubs convention in New Orleans. Antique doll lovers did what they do best: shop! Read More +
After visiting five national vintage doll shows, columnist and expert Sherry Minton says attendance is up and the dealers have been selling. However, show demographics have changed: No longer are shows attracting dealers from long distances and the buyers seem to be from a 100-mile radius. Advertising is concentrated on local fliers, antique shops, newspapers and local TV stations. Read More +
Today as we shop for dolls, the label “Made in China” is ever present but the Oriental influence in the doll world was seen much earlier.
In 1851, Edmund Lindner, a prominent doll merchant from Sonneberg, Germany, visited the London World Exhibition. One of the doll displays that caught his eye was a group of dolls from the Orient. These dolls, unlike any others seen by Linder, were different. Most of the dolls previously produced in Germany and in France represented ladies. These Oriental dolls had youthful faces and represented young children and infants. Read More +
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. Read More +