Dolls in Blue

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The Family Doll

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by Cathy

  Children are known to have vivid imaginations. Dolls have a mysterious kind of “life” to them. For a child, dolls enlarge the circle of family and friends. When a child – boy or girl, receives a doll, it enters her family and is often treated as a family member. Bonding begins almost at once… Read more »

Big Eyes: The Reincarnation of the Blythe Doll

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by Cathy

         Perhaps inspired by the “big eyes” trend in the silk faced decorative dolls from Japan, the Kenner Toy Company introduced a unique doll design called Blythe in 1972. Blythe was a 12” doll with a large round hard plastic head on a disproportionately small vinyl body. Original advertising described her as the… Read more »

Evolution of the “Lifelike” Doll

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by courtney

When someone thinks of a “doll,” generally a lifelike baby doll in a carriage might come to mind – or maybe a smiling character doll resembling a real life young child. From as early as 600 BC, the goal for doll making was to make them “lifelike.” The earliest dolls were generally made out of… Read more »

Ruby Lane History Lesson – Grotesque Toys

Posted in Vintage Collectibles

by courtney

Throughout history, children have been fascinated by the “grotesque” toy. These toys include monsters, devil figures and guillotine imitations, right up to the modern “weirdie” toys. Grotesque toys are intended to make children laugh.   Many a plaything gets its charm from a sense of ridicule and contortion. The grotesque toy artistically mingles the beautiful… Read more »

Ruby Lane Shop Owner Spotlight – Signature Dolls

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by courtney

A quick chat with Alicia Carver, owner of Signature Dolls on Ruby Lane. When did you first fall in love with dolls? I first fell in love with dolls in my early childhood and collected Barbie and her posse and all of their accessories.  I discovered and began the treasure hunt for general antiques in… Read more »

Ruby Lane Real or Repro – Palmer Cox Brownies

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by courtney

  The Brownies, created by illustrator and storyteller Palmer Cox in the late 1880s, were extremely popular into the 1920s. Toys, china, glassware and many other items were made using these mischievous elf-like men. The most well-known item was the Kodak Brownie Camera.     Printed fabric Palmer Cox Brownies show up at antique shows… Read more »