Friday, February 12, 2016

Lammily Photographer Production Images Revealed

The following is the contents of an email received from Nicolay, Founder of Lammily, dated 02/11/2016.  The email contains images of the final production sample of the Lammily photographer along with additional details.

Meet the NEW Lammily Photographer Doll!

We are super excited! The Lammily family is growing.

Many of you already preordered our new Photographer doll — thank you! Your support helped us bring her to life.

We are now more than happy to share with you the very first photographs of the final production sample that just arrived from our manufacturer.

After months of designing and developing, she is here!

The Photographer doll comes with a vintage camera accessory. From an illustrated booklet, included with the doll's package, you'll learn the story of this camera and how it changed this young woman's life.

We've been working hard to make our new doll unique and truly original. And we are thrilled with results!

Her hair is naturally curvy [sic], with two little clips you so can add more style. A completely new head mold was made from artwork of world renowned sculptor, Susan Wagner, who designed it specially for Lammily!

Read about this amazing behind-the-scenes process in our blog.

Her facial features were designed to match her unique character. She has a kind expression, soft smile, and minimal makeup.

Lammily Photographer's outfit is bright and elegant -- with a snow-white cap-sleeve cardigan and an A-line skirt print-pattern skirt, designed exclusively for Lammily by pattern artist Jane Popovich.

All Lammily Traveler clothes will fit Lammily Photographer as well!

Here are the two besties side by side!

Ariana, whom you may remember from our 2nd Graders React to Lammily video, was the first child to meet our new doll and they became instant friends!

We had a small focus group to see what kids thought about the new doll and we videotaped their responses. Needless to say, they loved her! Stay tuned for the new video we will share with you soon!

You can preorder the brand new Lammily Photographer doll below...

We are working with the factory to make sure the production goes smoothly, and we'll update you on the expected shipping date.

Thank you so much for your support to make this new doll part of the Lammily family!





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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two Souvenir Dolls from Jamaica

Jamaica souvenir dolls

In the summer of 2015, I received the following email from a blog follower:

Hello Debbie,
I have two Caribbean dolls and could freely send them your way if this interests you.  I think that my grandfather who was born in the late 1800's bought these dolls on a trip.  The aprons on the dolls say Jamaica on them.  I have no idea about how old they are.  They seem old to me.
Let me know.  Your blogspot site is amazing.
All the best,
Lesley from Canada

I offered to pay shipping, but Lesley insisted she would send the dolls to me free of charge and she did.  They arrived shortly thereafter.  I believe the two probably date back to the 1940s, possibly earlier.

Almost identical, these approximately 12-inch dolls have hand-painted facial features.  The clothing and bodies are machine sewn.  Faded, but still visible, "Miss Jamaica WI" is written on their aprons. A combination of black twill, muslin, or silk was used for the heads and extremities of both.  It appears their makers used what was available, mixing and matching these black fabrics to create the dolls' complexions.  One wears two gold-tone hoop earrings.  The other wears only one, having lost the other as evidenced by the remaining straight pin that once held the missing earring in place.

They are both well endowed and have baskets of fruit made of ball-shaped materials wrapped with colored corn husks.  One basket also includes multicolored pieces of straw or raffia.

As I prepare dolls for an upcoming event, I have decided these two Miss Jamaica souvenir dolls will be included.

I would like to express a long overdue public thank you to Lesley for sending them to me and making their debut at this event possible.  Thank you, Lesley!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Black doll exhibit scheduled in Randallstown

An array of black cloth dolls in Deborah Johnson’s collection. (article-captured PHOTO)

Black doll exhibit scheduled in Randallstown: Growing up in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore in the mid-20th century, Deborah Johnson remembers when the local hardware store was transformed during the holidays into a Christmas wonderland.

Deborah and a group of other members of the Charm City Dolling Club will exhibit black dolls from their adult collections.  The exhibit will be Saturday, February 16, 2016, at the Randallstown Library on Liberty Road from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Read the rest of the article here.