Pinafored Poupees: Aprons on Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Vintage aprons for life-sized “dolls” have been popular collectibles for several years, but dolls, too, are big fans of apron-style.  Here are the top five “pinafored poupees:” 1. Raggedy Ann:  Ann’s combination apron-pinafore made of snowy white material is iconic.  Aprons like hers that covered a little girl’s dress were de rigueur fashion pieces when… Read more »

Five Past and Present Doll Artists to Know and Love

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by Ruby Lane

1.    Gregg Ortiz: This talented young artist has captured the best of doll making with the tradition of fine antique doll creation.  He applies eye lashes to his doll himself, and the costumes are often elaborate designs.  Ortiz dolls are one-of-a kind creations which spare no detail and are signed by the artist.  They are… Read more »

The Dolls of Artist Helen Kish

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by Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane is sponsoring the 2017 United Federation of Doll Clubs – UFDC 68th Annual Convention which will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017, through Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The souvenir artist is Helen Kish of Denver, Colorado. We interviewed doll artist Helen Kish at the ‘Western… Read more »

Our Favorite Uncle Sam and Patriotic Dolls for July 4th

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by Ruby Lane

It’s time to deck out those dollies in red, white, and blue finery for the 4th of July!  Display them with American and State flags, Eagle figurines, red, white, and blue potted mums, framed collections of election buttons, Bicentennial souvenirs, and Lincoln and Washington memorabilia. Here are some collectors patriotic doll favorites: Red, White, Blue… Read more »

This Isn’t the First Time the Mattel Ken Doll Got a New Look

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by Ruby Lane

Arguably, they are the most famous couple in the world.  Their break up in 2004 and eventual reconciliation made international news; even CNN reported it.  In the tradition of Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Heloise and Abelard, Cathy and Heathcliff, Brangelina, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Ken and Barbie have inspired collector and pop… Read more »