As I come to the end of my term as Editor of DOLL NEWS, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of whom I have had the pleasure to work with to produce this fine magazine. From the authors, artists and designers to our UFDC Executive Committee and Board Members, our staff and of course, our generous advertisers and donors. It has been, without a doubt, a team effort.
Fall's issue comprises all things Gone with the Wind, an epic film currently celebrating its 80th year since its release in December 1939. Our cover feature begins with personal and well-researched insight into the phenomenon of Gone with the Wind by Laurie McGill, who shares her own beautiful Madame Alexander Scarlett doll on fall's cover. A beautiful theme-related paper doll, created by paper doll artist Ralph Hodgdon, follows and added to the mix is an exciting pattern of Scarlett O'Hara's famous Bar-B-Que dress from the movie itself, designed by our Contributing Editor, Sheryl Williams, for the resin Huret-style French Fashion doll. Speaking of French Fashions, Valerie Fogel offers a beautiful glimpse of luxurious accessories that will have you "˜swooning' over.
Our issue includes summaries of the 2019 UFDC Convention in Nashville this past summer "“ Star Struck. Whether revisiting this exciting week or seeking a glimpse, you'll find special exhibits and other convention events, as well as the customary annual business meeting reports. What a memorable week!
Susan York takes us to Cleburne, Texas to visit the Gone with the Wind Remembered Museum, in a comprehensive feature that will entice you for a visit the next time you are in North Texas. We pay tribute to the Civil War era through Susan Foreman's insightful feature about dolls of hospitality, while Linda Holderbaum explores the war-related doll personalities. In addition, Florence Theriault shares her interesting views regarding mid-century American toy stoves, continuing on with a closeup and personal story about the life of Huguette Clark, an extraordinarily mysterious doll collector, whose life's story was the focus of the best-seller, Empty Mansions. Jane Foster shares her thoughts about some "˜hard to find' Madame Alexander dolls.
I wish the best of luck and success to the new editor and staff as they begin their journey into the world of DOLL NEWS. I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey and take with me many memories of learning and experiencing this wonderful opportunity as Editor of DOLL NEWS.
Due to the spike in COVID, the UFDC Headquarters and Museum remain closed until further notice.