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.

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.

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 Birth of the Baby Doll

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by Ruby Lane

The baby doll really came into its own in the early 20th century and soon became a staple of the playroom.

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.

Women Doll Makers, Making History

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by Ruby Lane

Two Rhode Island women named Izannah Walker and Martha Chase each opened highly successful commercial doll making businesses in the male-dominated business world of the 19th century. Over the past 200 years, the world of dolls has offered women a myriad of opportunities not otherwise open to them. Dolls have provided an entrée into the… Read more »