Laurie Windham (McGill) sits amidst her burgeoning childhood doll collection, December 1962.
|In the forefront is Laurie’s mother’s Eff-an-bee Patsy doll (right) with her Aunt Betty’s Eff-an-bee Patsykin doll (left). Behind the dolls is a photograph of Laurie’s mother (right) and her aunt (left) as children.|
There was a doll museum in Wisconsin that I would visit each summer during my high school years. Our grandparents lived in Minnesota and my father would drive me across the St. Croix River and into Wisconsin so that I could see the museum. I remember a woman who was working in the museum one day telling me that “any serious doll collector has a Bye-Lo Baby in her collection.”
I took that remark to heart and a brown-eyed, bisque-headed Bye-Lo Baby was the very first purchase I made upon entering the workforce out of college. I still have this doll today.
After entering the workforce following college, Laurie’s first
antique doll purchase was a brown-eyed, bisque-headed Bye-Lo Baby. It’s a Boy! The doll came with its
original blue flannel Bye-Lo Baby blanket.
|One of Laurie’s prized possessions is a Queen Anne doll which came with a provenance. Resting in a bureau drawer carefully wrapped in black paper—and kept in the same family for generations—the doll’s original gown is trimmed in silver.|
|Child-sized sewing machines decorate an entire wall in Laurie’s
laundry room, helping to make laundry day not so laborious! Pictured is just
one example with other vintage sewing-related objects.
|Laurie’s most recent purchase is a 15-inch papier-mâché doll dressed as a nun. The doll is pictured in Danielle Theimer’s book, The Encyclopedia of French Dolls Volume 2 – L-Z on page 506 (Gold Horse Publishing, 2006).|