Friday evening, June 9, 2017, I received the following request from a dedicated blog reader who wrote:
Hello Ms. Garrett, tomorrow is World doll Day! I would love it if you would post some pictures of your most interesting dolls to celebrate! You are my doll hero! Have a great day!At the reader's request, I scanned the doll room, viewed photos, and narrowed my selection of interesting dolls down to those shown below for this post, which celebrates World Doll Day.
|Circa 1940s Smoking Doll|
|Very rare 1938 Black Snow White by Ideal, redressed in a more contemporary-than-the doll, Shirley Temple "Little Princess" fashion|
This all-composition doll stands 16-1/2 inches tall. She has the usual five points of articulation. Her molded hair is accented with a molded red bow. Unmarked, black Snow White by Ideal is documented in Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide, Book II, by Myla Perkins (pages 16 and 124) as well as in Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, first edition, by Judith Izen (page 61).
|Huck has painted facial features with over-sized red lips. The girl either once had facial features that have faded or has always been faceless.|
|Huck's story card|
|...are they upset, or what?|
|Tuesday and Tuesday by Gladys MacDowell, 1950s|
Before acquiring MacDowell's Tuesday, I met online another collector who owned another Tuesday. I tried desperately but failed miserably to convince the collector to sell her Tuesday to me. She, however, had other black dolls that she was willing to part with. Elizabeth by Elaine Lim from 1996 was one such doll that came to live here.
|Elizabeth by Elaine Lim, 1996|
Elizabeth by Elaine Lim, 1996, is 7 inches (seated); 11-1/2 inches with legs extended. This cloth- with-painted-face doll has molded/painted facial features. She has a black mohair wig and brown painted eyes. Elizabeth wears mauve jersey knit shirt, hand-knit mauve pullover vest with pastel knit balls on front and a white kitten pinned to vest; multicolored swirls of mauve, green, and peach patterns on cloth skirt. Her legs are made of green floral print fabric. Elizabeth's fingers are delicately separated with the palms of hands a lighter color than the dorsal surface. Dark brown cloth was used for the body onto the front of which is sewn a black satin cloth bearing the artist's hot air balloon logo and name: Elaine Lim. The outside of the hang tag reads Elizabeth ©1996; inside of hang tag reads: Handmade contemporary fabric dolls Elaine Lim. This interesting one-of-a-kind (OOAK) doll was the first doll owned by me whose legs were made of a fabric that did not represent her ethnicity. Her floral fabric legs, to the average collector or other observer, represent the tights she wears, but in the mind of an artist creating an art doll, they might actually represent her legs.
|Ndebele Dolls made in South Africa|
Women of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa make these dolls. Their costumes represent their meaning or status. The tallest doll shown above is an Initiation Doll, made in 1996. It is given to a girl after the initiation ceremony that celebrates her reaching "teenage hood," which means, according to the accompanying card, "she is now old enough to be a mother. It is wished that she should marry a man as handsome as the doll. The glass, beaded apron symbolizes the happy marriage. The blanket is for warmth in the future." The dolls to the right of the Initiation Doll are a Ceremonial Doll and a Linga Koba. The smaller, Linga Koba doll is given to a mother as comfort when her son undergoes his initiation rites. The rings around the dolls' necks symbolize the Ndebele's use of neck rings to stretch their necks.
|Dolls by Carla Thompson: On the first row are: Sun Klub Kid toddler (Carla's
first-ever AA Sun Klub Kid toddler made at my request), Ruthie, Callie, Liberty
Jane Harris, and in the back is a 17-inch Sun Klub Kid.|
|Liberty Jane Harris by Carla Thompson is such a happy girl!|
|17-inch Sun Klub Kid by Carla Thompson arrived with two side twists and loosely hanging hair in back. I twisted the back as illustrated on the right.|
|Sun Klub Kid toddler by Carla Thompson has jointed knees. The toddler and the taller Sun Klub Kid are made of doe suede.|
More Contemporary Interesting Dolls
Little Miss Sunshine by Bo Bergemann, shown above, is a ray of sunshine. She is an 11-inch ball-jointed doll with removable dread lock wig. Introduced to the market in 2012, I purchased her from the estate of Michelle Y. Fontenot who succumbed to a long-time illness in 2014. Little Miss Sunshine's prototype photo can be seen here.
|Libbie is a carved wood doll by Kor January.|
This OOAK photo face doll by Judi Hunziker is quite interesting. Using the face from an Internet-found photo of an actual child (that Hunziker thought was a boy), she created this doll in 2010 and named her Laura. After purchasing the doll on the secondary market in 2015, wanting to know more about her, I found Hunziker's contact information, wrote, and asked if she could offer additional details about the doll. Because it had been so long since the doll was made, Hunziker could not offer much beyond the fact of finding a photo of a "cute little baby boy" and using it to create the doll, changing its gender to female. About a year later, she contacted me to share that this photo (which is clearly a baby girl and not a boy) had been used to create the doll.
Just because the wig makes all the difference in her stunningly beautiful appearance, Barbie Basics Model 8 from the Denim Collection is included here.
|Beckoning in Blue and Ravishing in Red by Annie Lee|
|Dolls by Black doll artists and manufacturers|
|Kayin, the trunk doll by Goldie Wilson|
|Friend of Hitty by Gloria Rone of Massa's Servants Collectibles|
|Hallelujah! Ester, Vesta, and Rose by Wyatt Hicks|
|Artist dolls by Heidi Pluszcok|
Cecelie, another, but much larger doll, by Heidi Pluszcok was also acquired from the estate of Michelle Y. Fontenot. This 32-inch lovely girl arrived shortly after Little Miss Sunshine by Bo Bergemann. They both serve as beautiful reminders of Michelle and our shared love for dolls.
|A variety of beautiful artist dolls|
|Leather doll pouch by Lorna Paris and me wearing it in 2007|
To learn more about World Doll day, visit the World Doll Day website here.
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