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 »

In Praise of the Dolly Faced Doll

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by Ruby Lane

Collectors and dealers alike are no doubt familiar with the phrase “it’s a common German doll” used in reference to the many Dolly Faced dolls produced from the 1870s to the 1930s. But it behooves us to stop and consider why there are so many of these dolls, why they were made over such a… Read more »

In Celebration of Izannah Walker Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Photo via Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers of Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts. skinnerinc.com This post is a celebration of the bicentennial +1 year of the birth of Izannah.  It’s fitting, I suppose, that this blogger once published an article on a walker inspired dolls she created also called “The Birth of Izannah.”  The article appeared in… Read more »

Dolls of the Seven Continents

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by Ruby Lane

Lakota Beaded and Quilled Doll 1880-1890 on 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… 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 »

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 »

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 »