Fall is upon us "“ my favorite time of year! The shortened days that lie ahead bring the promise of crisp air mixed with hues of yellow, orange and brown. From pumpkins and mums to the season's first snowfall, our fall issue is sure to add a pinch of dolly spice to your season.
Take a break from raking the leaves and open this issue to catch up on the latest news, from intriguing doll stories to exciting moments from UFDC's 69th Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Our issue begins with a journey through the world of Simon & Halbig dolls, graciously conducted by Rosalie Whyel and her family. This double feature brings UFDC's Special Exhibit, The Amazing and Well-Traveled Dolls of Simon & Halbig front and center, as a pair of the company's rare character dolls grace our cover. Talented paper doll artist, Gael Shults complements the feature with an adorable paper doll.
Steiff expert Rebekah Kaufman delights us with rare ephemera portraying whimsical images of this prolific German company, while Laurie McGill returns with an in-depth look at Tony Sarg, a twentieth-century artist, inventor and puppeteer. An inspirational journey takes us through the world of Lenci, through the keen perspective of doll artist, R. John Wright.
Allison Poirier will tug at your heart with a personal story about a Clelia doll caught up in Russia's Stalin era, while Valerie Fogel shares a story of a pampered Huret poupée. To keep us in stitches, Jill Kaar Hanson shares a fun and educational feature with focus on toy sewing machines and Kathy Monier delivers the scoop on commercial doll patterns.
Keep your passport handy as we look back on our convention adventures in Phoenix, Arizona, followed by a versatile pattern by Susan Sirkis, designed for our convention souvenir doll, Ruby Red Galleria's, "Lia." Bradley Justice provides an informative summary of his Special Exhibit, Around the World in 80 Dolls. You'll also find the customary Officer's Annual Reports as read from our Annual Business Meeting, as well as related material toward the end of this issue. Junior Collectors will read about convention activities later, but for now, a fun hat project awaits.
May you celebrate this magical season with the excitement and "¨joy of doll collecting!