|Shirley's Dollhouse-exclusive 1980s Sunday Best Ginny Boy and Girl|
A look into a curio cabinet for "dressed-up" dolls to photograph, specifically Sunday Best Ginny Boy and Girl, led to the discovery of their limbs and heads being either loose or already fallen off as a result of hardening and breakage of the rubber bands used to attach their limbs.
These three dolls and a host of other Dakin/Vogue Ginnys, as well as dolls by Effanbee, Horsman, Mattel (Barbie), and Alexander Dolls, had been purchased during the 1990s from Shirley's Dollhouse in Wheeling, Illinois. I was a Shirley's Dollhouse gold-card holding, VIP member. Many of dolls sold at Shirley's Dollhouse, like the three in this post, were collaborations between Effanbee, Horsman, Dakin/Vogue and Shirley Bertrand (the original owner of Shirley's Dollhouse). Shirley's Dollhouse exclusives were inclusive of Black dolls, which is why I was a several-year telephone-ordering patron of the shop.
Each doll was Saran-wrapped and, along with elastic cord, taken to the resident doll doctor where I was informed they would have an extensive wait. June 24th was the date of discovery of their loose/fallen limbs and their triage for repair.
|With newly placed stringing, the dolls were ready to be dressed.|
|Repaired but not dressed|
Shirley Bertrand passed away in 2015. It appears the brick and mortar doll shop, Shirley's Dollhouse, is under new ownership and there is also an eBay store.
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