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

Museo de la muñeca del Dr. E: ¿Qué le das al coleccionista de muñecas que tiene ...

Museo de la muñeca del Dr. E: ¿Qué le das al coleccionista de muñecas que tiene ...: ¿Qué le das al coleccionista de muñecas que tiene todo ? ¡Una suscripción a Revista de coleccionista de muñeca antiguo ! Anticuario de ...

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Antique Doll Collector Magazine : Santas Redux

Antique Doll Collector Magazine : Santas Redux

Santas Redux

Our December issue this year includes an article on Santa dolls as part of our Collectibles Column.  Gift givers are part of every culture ever known.  Santa Claus promotes gift giving and generosity, so we at ADC want to share that spirit with all of your this Holiday Season. Below are some photos of various types of vintage Santas as an appendix to our article, the eye candy dessert to our main course, if you will!  Merry Christmas and Peace to all in 2018!

Vintage Raffia Santa posed with other old ornaments and a Vintage S&P
of Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Blue Father Christmas is a Vintage example from Sears Santas of the World.  Tree is a box
featuring Victorian Lithographs.  Painting, upper right, is by acclaimed European Artist, Ruth Vamos, c. 1970s.

Charming Foil Santa, 7 inches, mid 19801

Large Santa is Cloth and Foam, c. 1950s-60s. Smaller is a Hand painted Artist example, 1980s

Rubber Santa, similar to Dolls by Sun Rubber, 1960s

Life  sized Vintage Santa

Vintage Beeswax German Agnel
Amberg Victory Doll Posing with Vintage Santa and Mouse

Mrs. Claus

1960s Caroler and a Fossil!

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5 inch All Bisque, barefoot.  courtesy, Antique Doll Collector Magazine

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Theriault's Upcoming Auctions

Upcoming Theriault's Auctions, courtesy Theriault's

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Elan: December 9, 2017 Estate Antique Doll Auction at Theriault's in Annapolis, Maryland
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Elan: December 10, 2017 Estate Antique Doll Auction at Theriault's in Annapolis, Maryland
Friday, December 15, 2017
Ten2Go: December 15, 2017 at The Crowne Plaza (formerly Sheraton), Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Marquis: Antique Doll Auction, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Marquis: Antique Doll Auction, Saturday, January 7, 2018 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California

Doll Auction December 13th Tom Harris Auction

December 13 Doll Auction- Tom Harris Auction

The Mrs. Velma Brown Estate Auction
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 10 AM
Lifetime Collection of over 500 Antique and Collectable DOLLS from Waterloo, Iowa