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 »

Why We Love Dollhouses (And You Should Too!)

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by Ruby Lane

The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children.  The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. The Nuremberg House open, 1673 via Victoria and… Read more »

Leprechauns and Dolls in Green

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by Ruby Lane

1909 German St. Patrick’s Day Embossed Postcard Irish Lady in Green Dress St Patrick’s Irish Boudoir Bed Doll Red Hair Shamrock Dress It’s almost that time for all things green. Leprechauns all over are gearing up to wear the green and toast the emerald isle!  Dolls in green look wonderful displayed around shamrocks and other… Read more »

Five Ways To Learn About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Doll collecting is fun, educational, and thrilling. Before you spend your hard earned money on luxury items, learn all you can about the object of your collecting desire. Learning about dolls is exciting, and you learn about art, history, music, crafts, and culture along with learning about the dolls themselves. Here are some tips on… Read more »

German Character Dolls: Top Five for Collectors

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by Ruby Lane

K*R Kammer and Reinhardt hold the record for the highest price paid an antique doll for the character doll Bonham’s sold at auction for nearly $400,000. When the hammer went down on this auction, German character dolls came into their own. Here are five German Character examples any doll collector would appreciate. The world’s most… Read more »

Top 5 Gift Ideas For A Doll Collector

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by Ruby Lane

That’s right, everyone – the Holidays are here, and Christmas will be here before we know it. Doll Collectors Unite! Here are some ideas for gifts for doll collectors everywhere. 1. A subscription to a doll magazine: We collectors are forever studying about our treasures.  There are excellent publications for doll making, collecting, antique dolls,… Read more »

2017 Holiday Doll Gift Guide

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by Ruby Lane

As hard as it is to cope with, the Holidays are mere weeks away.  If your shopping isn’t finished, here are suggestions to help those challenged when it comes to buying dolls as gifts.  Here is a new idea; pair a vintage doll with a doll being featured today.  Include an article about the vintage… Read more »

Totally Terri Lee

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by Ruby Lane

The beautifully painted faces of Terri Lee dolls look like a portrait in oils gone 3D. They are among the most beautiful dolls ever made, and were produced between 1946 and 1962.  According to dollreference.com, Terri Lee Associates was founded by some of the original creators in 1997, and is still making dolls from time… Read more »