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: 1.    Uncle Sam… 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 »

All About Flexy! | Ideal Doll Company’s Flexy Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_text] Guest Blog by Mary Berry of Doll Castle News [/mp_text] [/mp_span] [/mp_row] [mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_text] A unique group of doll survivors from 1938 are the “flexy dolls” produced by the Ideal Toy Company.  The group consists of Sunny Sam, Sunny Sue, Soldier, Clown, Mortimer Snerd, and Baby Snooks.  The 13… Read more »

Doll Collecting Isn’t Just for Kids | 7 Ways Adults Can Play with Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_image id=”45829″ size=”full” link_type=”custom_url” link=”#” target=”false” caption=”false” align=”left”] [/mp_span] [/mp_row] [mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_text] Doll Collecting Isn’t Just For Kids. This sentence is the tagline of my doll blog. I wrote it because when I first started to collect dolls seriously more than twenty years ago, I felt that people might think… Read more »

Dolls Large and Small: When Does a Doll Stop Being a Doll?

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_image id=”45529″ size=”full” link_type=”custom_url” link=”#” target=”false” caption=”false” align=”center”] [/mp_span] [/mp_row] [mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″ classes=” motopress-space”] [mp_space] [/mp_span] [/mp_row] [mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_row_inner] [mp_span_inner col=”12″] [mp_text] In a terrific book called Mr. Wilsons’ Cabinet of Wonders, a collector of all sorts of rarities and oddities boasts tiny figures carved out of a strand… Read more »

A Virtual Visit to the UFDC Doll Museum in Kansas City, Missouri

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_row_inner] [mp_span_inner col=”12″] [mp_text] Ruby Lane Dolls recently had the opportunity to visit the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs) Doll Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The United Federation of Doll Clubs is a non-profit organization with the goal of being the foremost in research, education, conservation, collecting, and appreciation of dolls…. Read more »

All About Vintage Hard Plastic, Vinyl, and Rubber Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_row_inner] [mp_span_inner col=”12″] [mp_text] Hard plastic, vinyl, and rubber dolls. You probably had one and if you are a doll collector, have several. These substances which in part come from plant resins and other combined substances have proved to be the most versatile in creating beautiful and durable dolls that are nearly… Read more »

Ruby Lane Dolls: Three Underrated China Head Dolls (That We Love!)

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by Ruby Lane

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_image id=”44863″ size=”full” link_type=”custom_url” link=”https://www.rubylane.com/ni/dolls?q=china+&cat=Dolls” target=”true” caption=”false” align=”left”] [/mp_span] [/mp_row] [mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] [mp_row_inner] [mp_span_inner col=”12″] [mp_text] 1. “Low” Brow hairstyle:   This is such an unfortunate name for such a pretty doll.  The black and blonde haired dolls with the curly hair most often found on china heads are iconic.  To many,… Read more »