5 Surprising Facts About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

1.    The oldest dolls known are Venus or Goddess figures that date back 40,000+ years. Once thought to be solely ritual figures, these faceless idols may have been intended originally as objects for children, according to some archaeologists. A similar figure was found in North American in 1889 called the Nampa Figurine.  It is controversial,… Read more »

Why We Love Dollhouses (And You Should Too!)

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by Ruby Lane

The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children.  The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. Precipios and elaborate crèches with entire villages outfitted… Read more »

Leprechauns and Dolls in Green

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by Ruby Lane

It’s almost that time for all things green. Leprechauns all over are gearing up to wear the green and toast the emerald isle!  Dolls in green look wonderful displayed around shamrocks and other St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.  There are even statues of St. Patrick himself to lend an heir of dignity and spirituality to your… Read more »

A Dog For Every Doll

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by Ruby Lane

Doll Lovers, Have you considered collecting dog artifacts for your dolls? There are many fantastic antique and vintage examples of them in every Lane of www.rubylane.com People love dolls, and they love dogs. Doll-makers have recognized this fact, and some doll-makers have manufactured toy dogs for their most successful lines of dolls. The dog has… Read more »

Five Ways To Learn About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Doll collecting is fun, educational, and thrilling. Before you spend your hard earned money on luxury items, learn all you can about the object of your collecting desire. Learning about dolls is exciting, and you learn about art, history, music, crafts, and culture along with learning about the dolls themselves. Here are some tips on… Read more »

Black History Month: The Legacy of Black Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Besides being toys and art objects, dolls have played a role as educational tools for centuries.  Noted scholars including G. Stanley Hall, Laura Starr, and Janet Pagter Johl have written about the educational value of dolls for some time.  Mary Hillier in Dolls and Doll Makers pictures two wooden dolls that were used to solve… Read more »

The Magic of Automatons

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by Ruby Lane

The news was recently abuzz with an incredible story; Saudi Arabia made an android, or robot, a citizen.   Ever since a 1797 brochure called Mr. Haddock’s Andorides was published about an exhibition of automatons, the fascination with this fusion of doll and machinery has never stopped.  There are all kinds of horror films and novels… Read more »