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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Newsletter July 21-27 Dolls and More

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Shirley Temple's Knitted Doll with Lollipops for All!!
This week, we watched the Good Ship Lollipop sail away one last time, and many of us waved good bye with the dolls that came from the Love, Shirley Temple Auction. Then, we found ourselves Among Friends, and met some real characters! Frasher's auctioned lovely dolls, and UFDC was in full swing, with a famous designer creating an outfit for The Souvenir Barbie and free admission to both The UFDC Doll Museum and The National Toy and Miniature Museum.  Look for Tweets on Twitter #antiquedollcollectormagazine for what went on live at Love, Shirley Temple, and also check out Doll Museum and Dr. E's Doll Museum Blogs. Many related events like flea markets, doll artist conventions, and Anime conventions are also taking place. I also learned this week that Dr. Ruth collects doll houses and miniatures and Vita Sackville-West, famous writer in her own right and confidante of Virginia Woolf, collected toy soldiers. I love reading about positive spins on doll collecting in light of this weird trend about dolls being creepy.  Even Smithsonian online has broken down and written a "creepy doll" piece online, even though they have tried to be scholarly and objective.  I agree to disagree with them, though, that the whole mess not affecting the doll industry. Barbie sales are going down, according to Nightly Business Report, and fewer and fewer kids are collecting dolls or related objects. We'll still be at it, though, and I will be sharing this wonderful hobby with all of you.  Please let me if you are not getting a newsletter but scribed to one. I love hearing from you and try to answer all emails.  Please give me time to do so, and please remember my opinions are just that; I am not a dealer or appraiser, but a doll scholar, author, maker, and collector of long standing. Happy Doll Collecting!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Shirley Temple's Knitted Doll with Lollipops for All!!
My prize from the Shirley Temple Collection auction!  I love knitted dolls; my mother was great at creating them and dressing them.  Apparently, Shirley did, too.   Read about my treasure from her very own collection.
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Words of Wisdom as The Good Ship Lollipop Sails Away for Avalon
Just when you think you've learned all you can about doll collecting, comes along, "Stuart Says!" In a time when creepy doll silliness besmirches doll collecting and collectors, it is nice to have Stuart Holbrook speak up so eloquently about the hobby and those who love it. 
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Dolls and Games go Hand in Hand
Geo caching, a hot new game, reminds me of an archaeologist's dig. It is similar to metal detecting and digging for bottles. With some adapting, doll collectors could really enjoy this game and trend.
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June 3d Rendezvous Baby Doll-Adorable!
Here is a lovely baby from a recent Theriault's auction. Many great baby dolls have appeared at onsite and online auctions, lately.  My dear friend Mikki is a real enthusiast, and her ethusiasm is catching.  Read more about this darling baby from Theriault's, the Doll Masters.
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Doll Museum Mantra

From G. Stanley Hall, "A Study of Dolls," as quoted in Laura Starr's, "The Doll Book:"

There should be somewhere a doll museum, a doll expert to keep the possibilities of this great educative instinct steadily in view . . . 

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Thank you Sean Moncrieff Show on Irish Newstalk Ra...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Thank you Sean Moncrieff Show on Irish Newstalk Ra...: Thank you Sean, and Conor, for a wonderful interview today.  I hope you had as much fun as I did, and that your listeners enjoyed it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Antique Doll Collector on Twitter

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Antique Doll Collector on Twitter: See our Tweets yesterday from Love, Shirley Temple.  Look for posts here, on Doll Museum, my other Blogs, Antique Doll Collector Magazine So...

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: August Sneak Peek!

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: August Sneak Peek!: In Our August 2015 Issue August 2015 Cover   Ann Coleman’s purchase of a catalog featuring felt dolls set off ...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015