The Dolls of Martha Chase

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by Ruby Lane

Pawtucket, RI resident Martha Jencks Chase founded a company that transitioned from its beginnings as a cottage industry to a becoming a business with customers around the world, lasting almost 100 years.

Hats Off to Bonnet-Heads

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls with molded hats have been made of many materials through the years and can be a fascinating niche in the world of doll collecting.

All Decked Out

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by Ruby Lane

Every doll enjoys a change of clothing and the study of period patterns enables collectors to add to the wardrobe of their favorite doll.

The Many Faces of Gebrüder Heubach

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by Ruby Lane

Read about the vast array of character dolls created by this German firm in the early 20th century on the Rubylane doll lane blog.

The Ideal Doll

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by Ruby Lane

For over 80 years the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company strove to bring to life a variety of dolls based on the newest technologies, materials, design concepts and solid play value.

The Fairest of Them All

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by Ruby Lane

The popularity of the fairy tale character Snow White soared with the release of the
Disney film of 1937, leading to the creation of some wonderful dolls.

Hail Apollo

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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.