Keeping the Home Fires Burning

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by Ruby Lane

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the stove is the heart of the kitchen. For generations stoves have provided heat to warm the body, dry the laundry and cook the food. The variety of designs employed in this most useful appliance can be seen in the array of stoves made for use in dollhouses and as children’s toys.

The Dolls of Martha Chase

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by Ruby Lane

Pawtucket, RI resident Martha Jencks Chase founded a company that transitioned from its beginnings as a cottage industry to a becoming a business with customers around the world, lasting almost 100 years.

Hats Off to Bonnet-Heads

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls with molded hats have been made of many materials through the years and can be a fascinating niche in the world of doll collecting.

Here’s Tammy™

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by Ruby Lane

Ideal created a world of play opportunity with their Tammy doll and her family and friends. Read about them in our blog Here’s Tammy.

A Perfect Union

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls in bridal-wear have long held a place in the hearts of collectors, symbolizing love and serving as tangible remembrances of one of life’s most important events.

Sharing Our Hobby – Kimport Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

World Doll Day was established in 1984 to use dolls as a means to foster love, understanding and a sense of community within the world. These worthy goals were not new to 1984. In fact, a number of doll collecting notables had been doing their part to foster these same goals for decades. One such influence was that of Ruby Short McKim and her family-operated company called Kimport Dolls.

The Mother of the Kewpies

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by Ruby Lane

In the early 20th century a dynamic young illustrator gave birth to her most famous creation, the Kewpies.

Peg-Jointed Woodens

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by Ruby Lane

After more than 200 years peg-jointed wooden dolls are still being collected, made and enjoyed today.

Who Was That Mask-faced Doll?

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by Ruby Lane

From the 1910s to 1940s cloth dolls made with mask-faces provided an inexpensive way to make pretty and highly-detailed faces for dolls.