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by Ruby Lane

The logo was created by artist Boots Tyner and represents a child with a German bisque doll--her gift. The logo was designed for free use to promote this special day and may be reproduced.

The World Doll Day was established on June 14th, 1986 with a letter by Mildred Seeley. It was created to spread the universal message of happiness and love. The day is not owned by any company, club or person and no fees, permission or obligations are required. World Doll Day is celebrated this year on June 11th, the second Saturday in June! Below is the original letter by Mildred Seeley. The logo was created by artist Boots Tyner and represents a child with a German bisque doll–her gift. The logo was designed for free use to promote this special day and may be reproduced. Our friend Karen at made a website about World Doll Day. 

Original Letter by Mildred Seeley to Start World Doll Day

So, you have not heard of World Doll Day?  This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grand­mother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend.  If you don’t have a child to give a doll to – find one. There are many children with no dolls.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country.  I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time.  Magazines will put out special editions.  Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead.  Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day.  There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift.  Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company.  It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it.  Lets do it now.  World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality.  Would you tell five people,  ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on.  World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.

Mil and Vernon Seeley

P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.

If you know the special interest of a person you intend to give a gift to, you have a way to choose your doll. If you know a person loves jazz, you can give her a doll dressed in the costume of the jazz age. Boudoir dolls were quite popular in the 1920s when jazz was popular. If you know someone likes the West, a cowgirl doll in a Western outfit would make a very nice gift. Dolls come in every costume imaginable.

If you know the ancestry of the person you are getting a gift for, you might consider giving the person a doll with a connection to the person’s heritage. If the person is of French ancestry, that person would identify with a French fashion doll. There are beautiful French fashion dolls .

14 1/2

14 1/2″ Jumeau Fashion Wood Jointed Bisque Arms Purple Blue Quilted Antique Costume

Smiling Fashion Poupee 14.5

Smiling Fashion Poupee 14.5″ by Bru In Silk Couture Gown

Giving someone the gift of a doll is an ideal way to express your affection for the person. It won’t take long for the one who receives the gift to see the significance of the doll you give and to treasure it. As you shop for dolls, you may even find a doll that was especially meant for you. It will make good conversation telling someone you bought a doll for yourself as well as one as a gift for the person. Thank you for joining in our celebration of World Doll Day!

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