Posts in: Dolls
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.
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.
In the early 20th century a dynamic young illustrator gave birth to her most famous creation, the Kewpies.
After more than 200 years peg-jointed wooden dolls are still being collected, made and enjoyed today.
From the 1910s to 1940s cloth dolls made with mask-faces provided an inexpensive way to make pretty and highly-detailed faces for dolls.
For many of us the images of sweet little bunnies, frolicking lambs, baby chicks and other animals are firmly entrenched in our thoughts of spring.
The old clapping song lyric “My mother told me if I was goody, that she would buy me a rubber dolly” indicates the popularity of the rubber doll, yet many collectors have overlooked this most interesting area within doll collecting.
Many talented female artists of the 20th century sought to express themselves through doll making. These women made their own opportunities in the worlds of business and art by creating dolls for a growing collector market.
The dolls and plush toys loved by children of the past 100 years are still close to the hearts of collectors today.