Dolls on the 4th of July; Red, White and Blue Couture!

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls are perfect décor accessories for any and every holiday.  July 4th and other patriotic holidays are no exception. Actually, many other countries have adopted red, white, and blue for their patriotic colors.  The British, Australian, French, Dutch, and Liberian flags all incorporate these colors.  Collecting dolls wearing red white and blue, and related historical,… Read more »

Five Favorite UFDC Convention Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane is a sponsor of the 2018 United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) 69th Annual ‘Passport to Adventure’ Convention which will be held July 17 – 21, 2018 at the JW Marriott Desert Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. If we will not see you in person at the event, you can attend virtually through Facebook… Read more »

Ruby Lane Radio Interview with Steiffgal Rebekah Kaufman

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Steiff’s Official Consultant Archivist and Ruby Lane Shop Owner Rebekah Kaufman, AKA Steiffgal, joins Ruby Lane’s Blog Talk and greets all our teddy bear and doll lovers with teddy bear hugs. A very enthusiastic shop owner who is passionate about the wonderful world of plush dolls and toys, and is always willing to share her… Read more »

Top Five Vintage Picks for Dads Who Collect Action Figures and Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

We’ve seen some of the most magnificent collections and entire doll museums belonging to men. Doll collecting is universal – and isn’t defined by age, race, gender, etc. It’s one of the reasons it’s so wonderful. Men collect all kinds of dolls, including action figures, G.I. Joe dolls, toy soldiers, historical figures, and more. Andy… Read more »

Dolls of the Seven Continents

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by Ruby Lane

1. North America:  North American has a rich history of dolls.  Dolls and clay figures from Mexico have been found in tombs, archaeological digs, and at the foot of volcanoes.  Fairly new research into Mexican doll making shows that as in Europe, entire families were devoted to making dolls.  Allegedly, the Emperor Montezuma had his… Read more »

You Might Be A Doll Collector If…

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by Ruby Lane

Being a doll collector isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle! There are many signs that one can see when they are a doll collector. From having ‘dolldar’ on all of the time to rooms full of dolls, being a doll collector is quite simply THE BEST! Here are a couple more signs to… Read more »

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives

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by Ruby Lane

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives:  No culture has been without dolls. In some societies, the doll figures that remain seem to be more idol or ritual figures, but the same cultures refer to dolls as children’s toys.  They might be very simple compared to their idols or decorative figures, maybe a decorated twig… Read more »

5 Fun Facts About Teddy Bears

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by Ruby Lane

1.    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, allegedly still keeps his on his bed, and travels with his teddy bear (according to claims in a book by the U.S. writer Christopher Andersen.) If fact, a significant amount of adults still take their childhood teddy to bed. 2.    Larry Linville, the actor who played Major Frank Burns… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Antique Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Generally speaking, an antique is an object over 100 years old, or in some cases, over 80 years old. For dolls, the definition has been stretched to around 80 years and over, which makes many collectible composition dolls antiques. Everything else up to the 90s or so is generally considered vintage.  Some experienced antique doll… Read more »

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 »