In February 2005, I was guest speaker at a combined club gathering between Dallas Metro Doll Club and Metrocrest Doll Collectors Club of Dallas. The above images are pages from Dallas Doll Club’s 50th Anniversary Book, shared with me by club member, Laurie McGill, who is the current editor of UFDC’s Doll News. The caption of the photo on the left reads:
The Dallas Doll Club has enjoyed special presentations by guest speakers, Linda Crowsey (Author of Madame Alexander Price-Guides), Itske & Tony Stern (Kokeshi doll collectors), Tanya Orr (Teddy Bear artist), Mary Frances Wright (Trash to Treasures), Debbie Garrett (Author of The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls).
On the lower right of the collage on the left, I am pictured with Ms. Elizabeth S. Darrah who presented me with two handmade, circa 1870s cloth Black dolls (that I am clutching against my chest). The dolls were made by Ms. Darrah’s great-grandmother, Anna Frances “Fanny” Skinner Henry who was born in New Jersey in 1849 and died in 1940. According to Darrah, “Members of the Skinner and Henry families were active abolitionists.”
Thanks again, Laurie for the share and fond memory!