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 »

Best Foot Forward

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by Ruby Lane

The walking dolls of the mid20th century have one foot in the past as their creators built on the designs of earlier inventors.

Creating a Better World through Doll Collecting

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by Ruby Lane

World doll day was conceived as a means of using dolls to promote love, friendship and understanding. The history of dolls is full of instances of dolls being used as a means of making the world a better place.

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 Age of the Teen

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by Ruby Lane

The Mid-Century Modern America was ripe for the era of the Teenager. The fantastic dolls of the period open a window on the teen scene of the time.

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.