Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: Collecting Hard Plastic Dolls of the 1950s
Retirement is fast approaching or, for some of us, has already reached the generation known as Baby Boomers. It seems only natural that for many […]
A Marketing Success: The Ladies Home Journal and its ‘Doll that has come to Life’
In order to mount a successful marketing campaign, you need to plan it, set your goals, promote it and deliver value. Beginning in 1908 and […]
Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?
“Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. The small burg where I grew […]
A Moment In Time: Collecting Antique Photographs
As I was busily dusting photos of various family members whose faces line the stairway of our home I was suddenly struck with the thought […]
What Do You Collect—Or—Is There Anything You Don’t?
While I was browsing around at a antique show I attended recently, one of the booths’ dealers asked me, “So, what do you collect?” For […]
Reproduction or Antique? How Best to Enhance a Doll Collection
When talking with a doll collector, the conversation inevitably turns to those dolls that make up our “dolly dreams.” We secretly envision going to a […]
How Much Is That Dolly In The Window?
In the world of antiques, just because something is old does not make it particularly valuable. Likewise, just because a doll is old does not […]
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.
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.
Etiquette In A Polite Society….Funerals
When one thinks of Victorian Funerals we draw a picture of a polished black hearse, fine horses adorned with black ostrich plumes on their heads and ladies dressed completely in dull black with long black crape mourning veils. It is a fact that many funerals during the Victorian Era were very elaborate and were a means of showing ones status.