Monday, July 27, 2020

Festival of Black Dolls Show & Sale 1st Virtual Doll Show

Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale
1st Virtual Doll Show


The following information is from the Facebook post by Stacelina Monique:
SAVE THE DATE! NOVEMBER 7th ⭐️ VIRTUAL DOLL SHOW! ⭐️ November 7, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST. Special GUEST Speaker⭐️ Bukola Somide who created the first computer science interactive doll SOMI who can code is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. PST. 🤩
We are looking for vendors to participate in our 1st VIRTUAL Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale on November. 7th 2020. 🙌🏾❤️👍🏾 The show will stream live on Facebook. If you would like to be part of this extraordinary event and showcase your lovely African American Dolls from your home contact us. 🥰😊😻Vendor Fee is only $50. For an application, Email weloveblackdolls@gmail.com.
Here is more info about our guest speaker, who is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. PST:
Somi the Computer Scientist™, edition Princess can Code™​, is an exciting tale about a young girl who has a natural desire to learn computer programming concepts. She intuitively ties what she learns into her everyday life experience. Somi is bright, inquisitive, funny, and beautiful, which every young child could relate to. The book aims to be both educational and entertaining. Bringing awareness to Computer Science in a fun and exciting way.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Black Artist Doll Presentation for UFDC


Due to COVID-19, the United Federation of Doll Clubs is holding its first virtual convention this week, which will include several broadcast events on the homepage of the convention. All events begin at 11 a.m. CST. Earlier today, the Black Artist Doll Presentation by Deborah Butler-Johnson from last year's convention was broadcast courtesy of Ruby Lane. You may watch the presentation here at your convenience.

Also of note is that Helen Kish has created a tribute doll to Ruby Bridges, The Bravest Little Girl, with a separately-sold companion doll.  When last checked, quantities of both dolls were still available, but fewer companions were left.

Visit the salesroom, which is open to all from now until Saturday, July 25, 2020, at midnight Pacific Time. Enjoy!

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Mollie Lewis

21-inch clay and cloth doll

Found on Etsy while looking for another type doll as a reference for someone, I was intrigued by this 21-inch doll that the seller described as being made of solid plaster. Because of her charming face, I placed the doll into my cart and completed the purchase.

This is the only picture I have of my paternal grandmother, Mollie Lewis, who died when my father was three.
Named after my paternal grandmother, Mollie Lewis is 21 inches tall. Her head, lower arms, and feet are sculpted from solid plaster or heavy clay. She has a dark brown cloth body which is stuffed.

Mollie's face can be seen better in this close-up photograph.
Mollie has painted facial features and molded black hair that is parted down the middle with a molded twist that extends to the back on each side.

Mollie's sculpted hair from the back can be seen in this photograph.
Dressed in a full-length white dress with embroidered flowers at the neckline and pink smocking at the top, Mollie wears a knit top, a full-length off-white undergarment, and pantaloons underneath her dress.


She wears molded-on, mock-lace-up black boots


Mollie is marked "ETG © VT" within a circle with an "M" to the right of the circled letters. Undated, Mollie was fashioned after dolls from the late-1800s/early-1900s. She was probably made during the 1980s.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Due to the increasing amount of spam comments that fortunately, I have been able to intercept before they were published to blog posts, I have turned off commenting and hidden past comments.

Because people have nothing better to do than post unsolicited links to their non-doll-related or lewd sites, I am forced to take this drastic measure of control.  I hope those who come here to read the posts will continue to do so. If you need to contact me directly, please use the contact field on the home page of this blog that is visible by choosing the "web-view" link at the bottom of any page.

Thank you for understanding.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Packaged Tribute to Black Barbie's 40th Anniversary

40th Anniversary Black Barbie Tribute Package by Pabboo Redfeather

Among other things, Pabboo G. Redfeather is an artist and doll collector extraordinaire. He has founded several Facebook doll discussion groups, most of which have a focus on fashion dolls or Barbie specifically. I am a member of his Black Barbie First Collector Club on Facebook. This year he created a limited-edition tribute package to the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie, which includes his artwork of paper dolls and the custom-made fabric used for the Barbie club dress he made. I received one of the packages from Pabboo recently, the contents of which are described below.


The tribute package is enclosed in a red pocket folder.
The contents of the tribute to Black Barbie's 40th anniversary include:

  • A limited-edition club dress that uses special-ordered fabric with Pabboo's artwork.
  • Earrings, bracelet, and red high-heel shoes for Barbie.
  • One black and one white miniature baby.
  • The club pin includes Pabboo's rendition of the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.
  • A red feather.
  • Three pins with images of the first Black Barbie, the 2010 reproduction of the first Black Barbie, and the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.
  • 8-1/2 x 11-inch Black Barbie 40th anniversary illustration.
  • (Three) 8-1/2 x 11-inch Black Barbie paper doll sheets (doll and clothes) that feature artwork by Pabboo.
  • (Two) 8-1/2 x 11-inch biography sheets of Kitty Black Perkins, the former Mattel designer who designed the first Black Barbie among other Barbies.




Shown here are the club dress and a plastic packet containing the club pin, bracelet, earrings, and shoes for Barbie, and two miniature babies. A red feather was in the folder pocket.

The upper part of the dress is illustrated here.
The dress, which uses special-ordered fabric with Pabboo's artwork, has red ribbon trim at the neck and waist. A red ribbon flower is at the center of the waist.

The skirt of the dress
The skirt of the dress continues the pattern of headshots of Black Barbie drawn by Pabboo. The phrases, "1st Black Barbie Club 1980 Pabboo," and "Black Barbie 40th Anniversary" are printed throughout the fabric. 

This package contains the club pin, accessories for Barbie, and miniature dolls.

A package of pins includes images of the First Black Barbie, the 2010 reproduction of the first Black Barbie, and the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.

Pabboo's hand-drawn 1st Black Barbie artwork, 1st Black Barbie paper doll, and paper doll clothes

Kitty Black Perkins' biography is included on two 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheets.
The club dress is designed to fit the first Black Barbie, but I have not decided if I will redress a doll wearing it. The true collector in me feels I need a duplicate dress so I can keep this package intact.

Thank you, Pabboo. Your artwork and the entire package presentation are beautiful!

Related Links:
Black Barbie First Collector Club
Iconic Barbie Better Reflects Global Diversity (an article featuring Pabboo)

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Monday, July 6, 2020

The Queen of Hearts Reigns!

Maryland Society of Doll Collectors 2020 Luncheon, special-box limited-edition Queen of Hearts

Each time I share photos of the Maryland Society of Doll Collectors 2020 Luncheon dolls, everyone raves about Queen of Hearts (shown above). Many have expressed their desire to own a Black Queen of Hearts doll. It would be wonderful if Goldie Wilson, the artist, would create a different limited edition version of Black Queen of Hearts to satisfy the desires of those who would like to add one to their collection. I am writing this post to put this desire out into the universe. Goldie, if you're listening...

I also wanted to share more detailed photographs of my Queen of Hearts (QoH) doll to include the back of her dress, photographs of which were taken specifically for this post.  The additional photos are below:

Facial close-up
The close-up of QoH's face illustrates her handmade crown that is embellished with faux jewels. She has heavy red eye shadow, light brown stationary eyes, and a heart painted over her top and lower lips. Her red fiery wig is short and curly.

Dress bodice
The bodice of her dress is a white fabric with a heart-print pattern. White tulle is at the neck of the dress. The puffed sleeves are made of red and white check fabric. Two red ribbons are on either side at the waist.
Scepter
QoH holds a red-handled scepter on top of which is a silver crown emblem. Below the crown is a Queen of Hearts playing card on both sides of the handle.

The elaborate skirt of QoH's dress is shown here.
The shirt of this doll's dress is made of the same white heart-print fabric used for the bodice. The center of the skirt is playing-card-print fabric. An overlay of red tulle on the side of the skirt extends to the back.

Red and pink heart fabric was used for QoH's pantaloons. She wears black painted-on shoes.

Handmade wig
QoH's red wig is shown from the back in the above image. The back is wavy whereas the hair in the front that frames her face is curly.

The back of the bodice
The back bodice closure is enhanced with three red ribbons. The neck tulle can be seen from the back.

Back view of the skirt
The red tulle overlay of the skirt is illustrated from the back in this photo. The white heart-print fabric underneath can also be seen.

Full-length view from the back
The full-length view from the back illustrates the back of the crown, the red hair, the bodice and sleeves, and the skirt of the dress.

This is Queen of Heart's special box.
The special presentation box for Queen of Hearts and the upgraded Alice in Wonderland was decorated by Goldie with faux jewel embellishments and hand painting as illustrated above.

Queen of Hearts is stored in her decorative box with the White Rabbit and the upgraded version of Alice in Wonderland. This special box of dolls was created in a limited edition of 12.
Queen of Hearts is shown in the final photograph above with the upgrade Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit. This truly is a very special group of dolls that spare no detail. Simply exquisite!

Related Links
Maryland Society of Doll Collectors Luncheon Dolls
Another Alice in Wonderland



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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Fourth of July

Liberty Belle by Helen Kish, released in 2002 in an edition of 300 dolls, returns to wish readers from the U.S. a Happy, Safe, 4th of July.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Another Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, the souvenir doll from the Maryland Society of Doll Clubs 2020 Luncheon
The Maryland Society of Doll Clubs 2020 Luncheon Doll, Alice in Wonderland -- the doll planned for all luncheon attendees to receive -- has now joined the upgraded Alice that preceded her (shown in a previous post and again later in this post).

Goldie Wilson, the artist, made two versions of Alice, a basic doll and an upgraded Alice made in an edition of 12 dolls. The basic Alice is shown above and below.  In this blog post, the differences between the two dolls are discussed, and finally, basic Alice is shown with all the dolls from the collection.

The close-up of basic Alice's face illustrates her brown stationary eyes, which are shaped differently from the upgraded Alice's eyes.
Basic Alice's handmade wig (shown from the back) has spiral curls. 

Basic Alice's delightfully decorated box arrived with crumpled top edges thanks to UPS. It has hand-drawn images by Goldie Wilson of the Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland, and a card soldier is at the bottom.
Basic Alice (on the left) is shown with White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and the upgraded Alice

The two Alices pose together
Basic Alice's dress is a variegated light blue with a white cotton pinafore. She has a thin netting underneath the skirt, and she wears plain white pantaloons. Upgraded Alice's dress is made of light blue print fabric. The pinafore is made of white eyelet. She has a full crinoline petticoat that hangs below the hemline of the dress. Her pantaloons were made of white fabric with a white leaf print. Both dolls are 14-inches with porcelain heads, arms, legs, and breastplates. The bodies are cloth.  Both have painted-on white stockings and painted-on black shoes. They both wear pearl stud earrings.
Close-up photo of both Alices.
In the above close-up of the Alice in Wonderland dolls, their facial differences are apparent. Their eye shape is different. In addition to other subtle differences, the upgraded doll's face is slightly fuller.

Basic Alice's hair is longer. Her curls are spiral-shaped. The upgraded doll has Shirley-Temple-style curls.

Basic Alice poses with her decorated box.
All the dolls and the White Rabbit pose together.

In the final photo, basic Alice poses with all the dolls and the White Rabbit from the Maryland Society of Doll Collectors 2020 Luncheon. The luncheon, unfortunately, had to be canceled due to COVID-19.

Related Link
Maryland Society of Doll Collectors Luncheon Dolls

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