Dolls on the 4th of July; Red, White and Blue Couture!

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by Ruby Lane

9″ Patsyettes as George and Martha Washington 5.    George and Martha Washington: Emma Clear immortalized the original first couple, but dozens of other companies have created them as dolls including Effanbee, Nisbet, Carlson Dolls, Martha Chase,  and Madame Alexander. There are interesting surviving documents showing Washington bought toys for his step-children, too. Emma Clear George… 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 »

Black History Month: The Legacy of Black Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Besides being toys and art objects, dolls have played a role as educational tools for centuries.  Noted scholars including G. Stanley Hall, Laura Starr, and Janet Pagter Johl have written about the educational value of dolls for some time.  Mary Hillier in Dolls and Doll Makers pictures two wooden dolls that were used to solve… Read more »

Pretty Is and Pretty Does; All Dolls Have Beauty

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by Ruby Lane

“When you loved dolls and studied them, you started to love all kinds of people too, because you saw the virtue in their expressions, how carefully they had been sculpted, the parts contrived to create the triumph of this or that remarkable face.” Anne Rice, Taltos. Anne Rice with her collection of dolls, photo by… Read more »

Dolls in Blue

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by Ruby Lane

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