Thursday, January 11, 2018

Automatons keep moving, no matter what!

Automatons keep moving, no matter what!: The news was recently abuzz with an incredible story; Saudi Arabia made an android, or robot, a citizen. Ever since a 1797 brochure called Mr. Haddock’s Andorides was published about an exhibition of automatons, the fascination with this fusion of doll and machinery has never stopped. There are all kinds of horror films and novels about them, and dolls, for that matter. Automatons even have Facebook pages devoted to them. Wired magazine frequently writes about them, and artificial intelligence, in general, is a hot ticket today.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Interview with Josien Buijs of National Costume

When did you start collecting?

I started collecting in 1996 (upto the present day)

Turkey Oguzeli Bride
Doll from Turkey, Oguzeli  Bride, Courtesy Josien Buiijs

Have your tastes changed over the years?

Yes, I am much more selective now. In the beginning I purchased everything that looked like a national costume doll somehow. I now try to go for authentic looking dolls with a caracter of their own, not the cheap looking dolls made in Hong-Kong for the tourist market. I skip baby and barbie type dolls too, and porcelain (with an occasional exception to the last mentioned). I have also learned to appreciate dolls I did not like so much before, f.e. the Marin Chiclana dolls dressed in Spanish regional costumes, they are super kitsch but dressed in a nice way.

What are your favorite types of dolls?
I have a soft spot for ritual and/or masked (dancer) dolls because they look so very different, f.e. I have Kukeri from Bulgaria, Snake dancers from Sri Lanka, Pende dancers from DR Congo and more.

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?
They must be dressed as true to life as possible. On the other hand really primitive dolls can be very attractive too. They all have to appeal to me somehow by what they express. It can be the clothing, the way the doll is made or just a facial expression. In short, I just go by personal taste, not by value, age or how rare they are.

Do you sew for your dolls?

No. I do some easy repairs only. I touched up wool embroidery that was partly eaten away by moths, replaced sequins and beads and put back limbs with new elastic rubber bands.

Are you looking for anything in particular ?

There still are 'missing' countries like Oman, Qatar, El Salvador, Benin, Malawi (and more African countries). In general I strive to find matching couples; male and female both representing the same region. But as males are much harder to find that is sometimes mission impossible.

Josien Buijs

Tunisia Tunis - Souk El Bechmak
Postcard from Tunisia, courtesy Josien Buiijs and

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dolls and ADC beat the Winter Blahs!

Beating the Winter Blahs with Dolls and Antique Doll Collector Magazine
Wooden Nellie, Courtesy Theriault's
We all know the feeling; it is winter; March is more than a crocus blossom away, a future memory of lions and lambs.  Everyone has cabin fever, and everyone has had it with snow, ice, snowplows, and sniffles.  So, how do we make it to the homestretch without going snow-mad?  Dolls are the answer!  Below are my tips for beating the winter blahs with dolls:
1.       Joint Pinterest and start a Board.  There are terrific boards on dolls and doll-related items.  Mine are Doll Collection, Women’s Apparel and Holidays. Try Antique Doll Collector Magazine for fun boards based on a great publication.
2.       Surf eBay for collector’s guides.  When you watch an item, there is a new feature that reads “add to collection” where you can save pictures and information for items you like, similar to Pinterest, above.
3.       Join Facebook; there are terrific pages for dolls and doll stores.  Ask to join the group, and if it is not closed, and administrator who invites people in will include you.  Antique Doll Collector Magazine and Friends of Antique Doll Collector Magazine are great sites.
4.       Explore other social media like Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr  or doll related photos and images. You can also set up albums of your own doll photos on Google and on the social media discussed above.
5.       Visit The Library of Congress online at and explore resources for dolls, including thousands of photos and other images.  You can also explore titles for doll books, and then visit your own library to “read more about it.”  As a fledgling doll maker, I loved the library for its copy machine which allowed me to make paper dolls and to add to my research files.  Also, check out any library cafes [we have to eat] and book sales.
6.       Dust and rearrange your doll displays.  Facebook and Pinterest are great places to get ideas, as is our own Doll Collecting site.
7.       Check out the new dolls available at the big box stores, department stores, and doll shops.  Look online if you do not live near shopping centers,  Again, libraries are a good place to use computers, as are your Smartphones, iPods, Tablets, and other hand held devices.
8.       Look for clearances sales, and think outside the doll house.  Craft stores, hobby shops, fabric s stores, and gift shops are great sources for dolls, books, related items, and supplies for doll making, doll clothes, repairs, and miniature projects.
9.       Make a doll, visit places described in 8, or go to Etsy for inspiration.  You can favorite certain stores and sellers and get newsletters.  If nothing else, make a snowman; technically, they are dolls.
10.   Watch movies about dolls and toys: Toy Story, Child of Glass, Dolls, Dollie Dearest, Shirleymania
Barbie Nation, Barbie Films, Raggedy Ann Films, Documentaries, etc.
11.   Check out films on YouTube about dolls; good searches are Doll Collection, Doll Museum, Dolls History, names of dolls like Monster High, Barbie Collection, Names of stores and specific museums.
12.   Find a doll blog, like Doll Museum or Dr. E’s Doll Museum Blog, and post something nice.
13.   Take a walk
14.   Start a doll club
15.   Get on the Speakers’ Bureau to talk about dolls, do a doll talk, hold a class, and take a class, e.g., how to photograph dolls. Look at Tom Kelley’s shots of Marilyn and dolls, and Tom Kelley, Jr.’s work, too.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Sneak Peek for January!

It's so hard to believe Christmas is around the corner; then, after all the sound and fury, it will be gone in a poof!  To help assuage that post-Christmas "bluedom" here is a taste of our fabulous January issue.  If you love doll eye candy, you will find this issue very sweet.

We have an article that presents real food for thought in the article "Nostalgia or Propaganda; Souvenir Dolls and the Franco Regime."  As someone who visited and went to school in Spain, and who was a Spanish major, I find this piece intriguing.

Our review of the UFDC exhibit will continue with Part IV and some truly stunning dolls will parade their way across your page.  To inspire you, we have a pattern for a Huret doll; sewing it will help pass the time on those cold, winter nights.

We also have much more, including doll shows, auction reports, articles, and auction listings.  Consider the January Issue as our contribution to the Twelve Days of  Christmas, and have a happy and save holiday season!

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Courtesy, Antique Doll Collector Magazine

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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