• 30
    Nov

Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Collectibles

Editor’s Note: There are collectibles, and then there are Disney collectibles. Mickey, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Little Mermaid—these keepsakes go across so many generations and bring such happiness to them. Learn more about Disney collecting.

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  • 17
    Nov

A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived

By Laurie McGill

On June 18, 2008 I turned on my computer to find an email from the Tudor Family:

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  • 10
    Nov

Schuco Toys

This Schuco Pig Violinist is a Pre World War Two example made by Schuco in the 1930’s, values for these depends a great deal on their condition. The famous German toy maker Schuco had it’s start in the Schreyer & Co , formed by Heinrich Muller and Heinrich Schreyer in 1912, the company was renamed “Schuco” in 1921.

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  • 12
    Oct

The Parisian Poupée….French Fashion Dolls

The exact purpose of French Fashion dolls have caused much speculation. There are few if any unaware that Paris, France has a long history of defining what the current ideals of fashion and beauty are.

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  • 12
    Oct

Goodyear Rubber Head Dolls

American Charles Goodyear was born in 1800 and died in 1860. His father Amasa Goodyear was a pioneer in the manufacture of American hardware and was the inventor of a steel hayfork which replaced the heavy iron fork. The invention of the steel hay fork expedited and thus lightened the labor of field work. His father also manufactured the first pearl buttons made in America.

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  • 7
    Oct

Doll Collecting Traces Roots to the 18th Century

Organized Doll Collecting Traces Roots to the 18th Century

By Laurie McGill

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  • 6
    Oct

Doll Terminology

Doll Terminology

By Laurie McGill

The following is a list of frequently used doll terms, based in part on the Glossary, published by the United Federation of Doll Clubs in 1978, and Jan Foulke’s 12th Blue Book of Dolls & Values, published by Hobby House Press, Inc.

All-Bisque: a miniature doll, typically under 12 inches, made entirely of bisque.

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  • 28
    Sep

Wax Dolls…Poured, Reinforced or Wax Over?

The production of wax dolls began in the late 1700’s and continued into the early 1900’s. The vast majority of poured wax dolls were produced in England by doll makers such as Pierotti, Montanari, Meech, Peck and Marsh. Henry Pierotti made the first baby dolls and used the children of Queen Victoria as models. These dolls are known as Royal Model Babies.

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  • 26
    Sep

Early Papier Mache Dolls….Delicate Beauties

China invented Papier mache and was using it during the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) to make helmets which were covered with many layers of lacquer to strengthen them. If you check the dictionary for the etymology of Papier Macheit it is French and literally means chewed paper.

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  • 17
    Sep

Toy Train Sets

A website dedicated to collecting model trains calls itself the “World’s Greatest Hobby,” and it isn’t hard to imagine why. Collecting colorful toy train sets is an old and respected leisure occupation. From the time trains arrived as transportation, train sets have been created and collected.

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