Hail Apollo

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Among the many responsibilities of the Greek deity Apollo was that he was a giver of laws and one whose oracle was consulted for good advice before proceeding with new plans. In the world of western hair fashion of the 1820s through 30s the Apollo Knot hairstyle was law and any fashion forward thinking western… Read more »

The World at Your Doorstep

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls in World Costumes have been enriching our lives for over 100 years, promoting understanding and respect between cultures.

The Birth of the Baby Doll

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by Ruby Lane

The baby doll really came into its own in the early 20th century and soon became a staple of the playroom.

It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod World

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by Ruby Lane

During the 1960s American doll makers brought out some beautifully sculpted dolls sporting mod styles which have now become time capsules of their day.

Hats and Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

In Spring a doll’s fancy turns to thoughts of bonnets! Protection, fashion, social rank, nationality, explore the multi-faceted area of doll millinery in this month’s blog.

Women Doll Makers, Making History

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by Ruby Lane

Two Rhode Island women named Izannah Walker and Martha Chase each opened highly successful commercial doll making businesses in the male-dominated business world of the 19th century. Over the past 200 years, the world of dolls has offered women a myriad of opportunities not otherwise open to them. Dolls have provided an entrée into the… Read more »

5 Fun Things to Do During Doll & Bear Week

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

November 12th – 18th is Doll and Bear Week on Ruby Lane! We are hosting a virtual celebration, which means you can attend no matter where you are in the world. Join in with our cameras as we explore London, England for the 200 Years of Childhood Doll and Bear Event. You can look forward… Read more »

How to Start a Doll Club

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by Ruby Lane

It all started with a doll or two you saved from your childhood, and a couple more you bought at a yard sale because you thought they were cute.  Then, your friends and family brought you some more dolls as souvenirs. Soon, you realize that you are a doll collector. You perform your due diligence,… Read more »

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

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by Ruby Lane

9″ Patsyettes as George and Martha Washington 5.    George and Martha Washington: Emma Clear immortalized the original first couple, but dozens of other companies have created them as dolls including Effanbee, Nisbet, Carlson Dolls, Martha Chase,  and Madame Alexander. There are interesting surviving documents showing Washington bought toys for his step-children, too. Emma Clear George… 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 »