Who Was That Mask-faced Doll?

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by Ruby Lane

From the 1910s to 1940s cloth dolls made with mask-faces provided an inexpensive way to make pretty and highly-detailed faces for dolls.

Wishing All Good Things for the New Year

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by Ruby Lane

The French custom of Etrennes gift giving inspired the creation of some of the most delightful doll sets which are now enjoyed by collectors of the 21st century.

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.

Liddle Kiddles, Big Fun

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by Ruby Lane

Liddle Kiddles provided big fun for the children of the late 1960s and continue to do so for the collectors of today.

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.