Hog Wild for Hedgehogs

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by Ruby Lane

For generations hedgehogs have been beloved characters in children’s stories and as toys. For the 21st century collector, hedgehogs can be a fun (if not slightly obsessive!) niche within the realm of toy, plush and doll collecting.

Put On A Happy Face

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by Ruby Lane

In the realm of doll collecting the Multi-faced doll has always been of special interest to collectors. Doll makers in their never-ending search for novel products have repeatedly turned to variations of multi-faced dolls.

Chad Valley – Royal Toymakers

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by Ruby Lane

Even before receiving their royal warrant, Chad Valley was well known for making a wide range of innovative and high-quality games, dolls, plush, and toys.

The Origins of the Ginny Doll

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by Ruby Lane

The post- world War II era in the USA saw a time of relative peace and prosperity for much of society. Adults who had grown up in the shadow of the Great Depression and who had lived through the war years found themselves in a new world. There was a surge in commerce and home building and a baby boom was underway as people resumed their pursuit of the American dream. In Massachusetts a home-maker named Jennie Graves took her love of dolls and fashion, and created a doll company which would eventually develop one of the most popular dolls of the mid-20th century, Ginny.

Patterns for Success

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by Ruby Lane

For those looking for appropriate antique or vintage clothing for their dolls or looking to sew for their dolls, commercially made doll clothes patterns are a perfect guide for the collector.

Georgene Averill – A Designing Mind

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by Ruby Lane

Georgene Averill was the driving force behind the dolls bearing the names Georgene Novelties and Madame Hendron and for the products of the early years of the Averill Manufacturing Company. Her dolls impacted the entire doll industry and brought success to this pioneering female American doll designer.

Playing Among the Stars

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by Ruby Lane

Many child stars of the Golden Era of film were captured in photos playing with the dolls of their day. Both child and adult stars were often depicted in doll form. These connections to the glittering world of the big screen form a special bond between movie enthusiasts and doll collectors of the 21st century.

Armand Marseille

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by Ruby Lane

At the turn of the 20th century Armand Marseille was the largest manufacturer of bisque doll heads. For over 60 years his company would supply heads to a variety of German doll makers and wholesalers in Europe and America. His line included dolly-faced dolls, characters and googlies.

Lenci Art Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

The art dolls made under the Lenci name were among some of the most beautiful and innovative dolls to come out of the first half of the 20th century.

In Celebration of Nurses

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by Ruby Lane

In the past 12 months we have all experienced a renewal of gratitude and respect for those who work in the field of nursing. Many of these dedicated individuals can trace their desire to care for others to their days playing with Nurse dolls.