Redesigning a magazine is a lot like planning a large holiday dinner: It takes a lot of planning, you want to serve up your favorites, offer something fresh and everyone should be comfortable.
In the doll world, an interest in a specific doll comes and goes. One doll type may capture everyone’s attention for a while and then something else takes its place but Bleuette might be the exception.
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.
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.
When the name Schuco is mentioned in the doll and toy world, we think of wonderful mechanical toys with sophisticated movements and high quality workmanship. The company was the dream of Heinrich Muller, a creative genius.
While great variety can be found in the faces of bisque, china, wax, wood and Parian antique dolls, even more variety can be found in the faces of dolls made of cloth. Cloth dolls have been popular throughout history.
Michele Smith, an antique dealer from the Northeast, says she has a customer looking for a “Bru Smiler.” Michele writes, “While I am not a doll dealer, I occasionally come across dolls and I thought I knew what a Bru looked like, but the pictures I have seen of Bru dolls do not look...