Queen of Barbies: Meet Melissa Musselman
When the Durham National Heritage Museum hosted a successful exhibition of Barbie collectibles in 2001, Melissa Musselman decided to take it to the next level. She tried to organize a national touring exhibition of the collectibles, which included the best items from 30 top Barbie experts.
Lionel Trains – The Interactive Hobby
The stairs that enter the basement of my childhood home lead to a world frozen in time. Aside from some freshly washed laundry, much of the basement remains exactly as my grandfather left it upon his passing in 1988. Although I never had the chance to really get to talk to him, I now feel I know him based on the legacy he left behind.
The Golliwogg Character: Historical Icon or Racist Symbol ?
Created in the 1870s by Florence Upton in England, the Golliwogg was a caricature used in advertisements all over Europe. It seldom appeared in the United States, however.
It was made into a doll by Steiff of Germany in 1902. If you have one of these dolls today it could be worth upwards of $10,000.
The Victorian Age
The Victorian Age began in 1837 when Queen Victoria ascended the British throne and lasted up to her death in 1901. It was an era of rapid industrial development and social changes, and you can see this by studying the toys of the period.
Many people seem to get started with toy collecting more accidentally than deliberately. There may be the old one-eyed teddy that nobody has the heart to give away; there may be the favorite train set that brings happy memories of rainy days indoors. Or you may visit a flea market and find yourself buying a doll because it is like the one you once had.