Dolls Gotta Have Heart; Raggedy Ann, Legends, and History for Over 100 Years

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by Ruby Lane

Raggedy Ann has been a beloved doll and literary character for over 100 years.  Her face has graced countless story books, coloring books, paper dolls, toys, radios, canned goods, and posters about Diphtheria and Smallpox vaccinations.  Raggedy Ann and her brother, Raggedy Andy, have starred in their own animated films, and Raggedy Ann has flown… Read more »

5 Surprising Facts About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

1.    The oldest dolls known are Venus or Goddess figures that date back 40,000+ years. Once thought to be solely ritual figures, these faceless idols may have been intended originally as objects for children, according to some archaeologists. A similar figure was found in North American in 1889 called the Nampa Figurine.  It is controversial,… Read more »

Why We Love Dollhouses (And You Should Too!)

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by Ruby Lane

The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children.  The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. The Nuremberg House open, 1673 via Victoria and… Read more »

Leprechauns and Dolls in Green

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by Ruby Lane

1909 German St. Patrick’s Day Embossed Postcard Irish Lady in Green Dress St Patrick’s Irish Boudoir Bed Doll Red Hair Shamrock Dress It’s almost that time for all things green. Leprechauns all over are gearing up to wear the green and toast the emerald isle!  Dolls in green look wonderful displayed around shamrocks and other… Read more »

A Dog For Every Doll

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by Ruby Lane

Doll Lovers, Have you considered collecting dog artifacts for your dolls? There are many fantastic antique and vintage examples of them in every Lane of www.rubylane.com Boston Terrier Dog German Porcelain Figurine People love dolls, and they love dogs. Doll-makers have recognized this fact, and some doll-makers have manufactured toy dogs for their most successful… Read more »

Five Ways To Learn About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Doll collecting is fun, educational, and thrilling. Before you spend your hard earned money on luxury items, learn all you can about the object of your collecting desire. Learning about dolls is exciting, and you learn about art, history, music, crafts, and culture along with learning about the dolls themselves. Here are some tips on… Read more »

Black History Month: The Legacy of Black Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Besides being toys and art objects, dolls have played a role as educational tools for centuries.  Noted scholars including G. Stanley Hall, Laura Starr, and Janet Pagter Johl have written about the educational value of dolls for some time.  Mary Hillier in Dolls and Doll Makers pictures two wooden dolls that were used to solve… Read more »

You Might Be Child of the 90s If …You Played With These Dolls and Bears!

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by Ruby Lane

1.    1990s Holiday Barbie in her pink poinsettia dress.  The Holiday Barbies debuted in 1988 and were still hot tickets in 1990.  Other Barbies were noting included an unusual Bowling Champ Barbie and Stars N Stripes Barbie wearing a smart Sailor’s Uniform with a skirt. 2.    Wendy Lawton Dolls.  Lawton made her first… Read more »