Spring 2017 The Authors
Elusive A.T. Bébés by Thuillier
by Samy Odin
Our feature article author, Samy Odin, has been a doll collector since 1981. Samy Odin is the founder, owner and present director of the Mus
Ì©ée de la Poup
. He holds master's degrees in French language and literature from the University of Turin and the University of Lyon, and has been teaching French and Italian from 1987 to 1994 in Italy and in France.
He is the author of more than 20 books about antique dolls, among them: Les Poupées de la SFBJ, Les Poupées, Mignonnette, Bleuette, Fascinating Dolls from Musée de la Poupée-Paris, Images Exquises, Bécassine unveils Loulotte's Treasure
as well as articles in doll magazines such as Doll News, Antique Doll Collector
, Doll Reader
, La Bacchetta Magica
and Ours et Poup
As a researcher, Samy is focused on antique European dolls and doll-related ephemera and documentary material. Sharing his passion for dolls with his father, Guido, Samy has also developed expertise in areas such as paper dolls, Victorian scraps and children's books illustrated with images pertaining to dolls and toys. Through the Musée de la Poupée-Paris
, founded in 1994, Samy shares his expertise by giving lectures, seminars, public and private appraisals, guided tours, and setting up special doll exhibitions in various institutions in Europe and other countries. He is also the co-founder of the Ecole des Poupées
together with Margaret G. Kincaid.
Samy belongs to international doll collector's organizations such as UFDC and DCA. Recipient of UFDC's Award of Excellence in 2010, Samy Odin presently serves on UFDC's Collections Oversight Committee.
Charlotte Clark, First Creator of Disney Dolls
by Julie Blewis
Julie Blewis has been collecting dolls for over 20 years with a focus on character faces and French and German bisque. She was a practicing attorney for about 15 years. Julie has been writing for Doll News and Antique Doll Collector
magazines. She has also served as an advertising manager for Doll News. Julie serves UFDC as a judge, she has given seminars and is a big supporter of the UFDC Doll Museum. She is a longtime member of Dollology Club of Washington, D.C. and part of a small group forming a new club in Florida called SWF Antique Doll Study Guild. She is also a member of the Naples Doll Club. Happily married with two children, Julie also has two cats and a French bulldog.
Adrienne, Paper Doll
drawn by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
Brenda Sneathen Mattox says that you may recognize the doll she used as a model for the paper doll she drew for this issue since she was formerly in the collection of Maureen Popp. Brenda first saw her in the 1986 book about fashion dolls by Maree Tarnowska, and the doll has always been a favorite of hers. The only identification she has found about this smiling, swivel neck, bisque lady is that she is attributed to Alexandre Dehors, ca. 1870. The costume she drew and is more an 1860s style. The two triangles included are intended to be attached to the back of the bonnet and the headdress to secure them on the doll's head.
Brenda Sneathen Mattox is a professional paper doll artist who has worked in the field for nearly 30 years. She specializes in historical fashion and has a fondness for brides. In addition to her self-published paper dolls (available at www.fancyephemera.com
), she has produced books for both Dover Publishing and Paper Doll Studio Press. Brenda lives in Plainfield, Indiana, in a Victorian house with her husband, mother, two cats, and her collection of antique clothing.
Fashion Plates - Illustrate Styles for Ladies and Children of the 1860s and 70s
by Cynthia E. Musser
More Dolls with a Mission: The Libbey Dolls of Toledo
by Tish Lehman
Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, with few classmates in a one-room country school, Tish Lehman and her siblings talked for their dolls in squeaky voices in weeks-long improv epics all summer, with three-dimensional dolls for small stories, and paper dolls cut out of catalogs when they needed more characters. Her own collection then ranged from Joyce, her Sun Rubber baby who drank and wet from her fingers (from "fingernail" cutting at age 4) to the elegant "Dollikin" who was her official "last doll" at age 14, supplemented by adopting her sisters' unwanted babies. In college, she buried poor rotted rubber "Joyce" and gave all the vinyl dolls to a nursery school, but kept the compo and hard plastic ones. She was certain she wasn't a doll collector, because they only like perfect pretty dolls in boxes (right?) but when she found that Effanbee's "Patsy Ann" in an antique store fit in her arms just as her own compo "Patsy" had (before her sister stomped the head in), she succumbed and admitted that dolls still mattered. She joined the Ann Arbor Doll Collectors and UFDC in the 1990s, and has enjoyed buying, repairing, making cloth and paper dolls, learning, and giving presentations about dolls ever since. She has even learned to see the beauty of perfect dolls, although she feels that, like the Velveteen Rabbit, dolls only become real when loved enough. What fascinates her most is the way dolls show how people think about human roles and relationships through time and space.
Tish acquired degrees from the Universities of Nebraska, Texas and Michigan, working in lexicography and in computer systems development at the University of Michigan. Upon retirement, she thought she'd have more time to play with dolls. Not so. Instead she started teaching English and Liberal Arts at Washtenaw Community College and Siene Heights University. Still, a big floppy mask-faced doll is just right to play dead "Ophelia," "Desdemona" and "Cordelia" on the last day of Shakespeare class.
Maude L. Witherspoon "“1890s Americana Doll Maker
by Candy Brady
Candy Brady resides in Whitney Point, New York. She has been a doll collector since 1976 and member of several doll clubs in both Florida and New York. Candy is a former member and Past President of Chenango Valley Doll Club in Norwich, New York. She is currently a member and Past President of Broome County Doll Club in Binghamton, New York. Candy has written articles for Doll News, Doll Reader, Australian Doll Digest,
and Canadian Doll Journal.
She has also written a column for the RAGS newsletter for several years and contributed doll photos to other authors for their doll books.
Old ,dirty, beloved cloth dolls have always drawn her attention, but I has a wide range of appreciation for all antique dolls and their silent stories.
Those Cute Little Hertwig All-Bisques
by Penny Hadfield
Penny Hadfield has collected dolls for over 40 years and almost from the very beginning was attracted to little all-bisque dolls. After 35 years of doing doll shows, she now relies on online selling. She enjoys spending time preparing programs to present to doll clubs and writing articles to share her collection with others. Several rooms in her house are filled with little all-bisque dolls "“ lots more potential articles! She is a member of the UFDC Doll Study Club of Boston and Doll Collectors of America.
Dewees Cochran Dolls Made by Effanbee
by Ursula Mertz
Ursula Mertz Joined Shaker Doll Club in 1975 and servd as Regional Director for UFDC Region 14 from 1991 -1994. Over
the years, Ursula has been active at the local and national levels, giving programs on American composition
In 1999 and 2001, Ursula published two books about American composition dolls, Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Doll 1900-1950, Vol. I & II.
For more than 20 years she published regular
columns about compo dolls in Doll Reader
and Antique Doll Collector
magazine as well as contributing articles to many other doll publications including DoLL NEWS.
In 1997 Ursula won the UFDC Award for Protection and Preservation of Dolls, and in 2001 she won UFDC Award for Exhibition of Dolls. At the annual UFDC National Convention Ursula has served as a judge at the competitive exhibit, has given programs, taught seminars and contributed to special displays for many years.
It's the Best of All Worlds with Steiff Animal Dolls
Rebekah Kaufman is a third generation, lifelong Steiff enthusiast. Her collection of Steiff items numbers beyond 1,000 and focuses on examples from 1905 onward, including uncataloged rarities and Studio (life-sized) items. Professionally, she is the archivist for Steiff North America, where she leads collectors' events, assists with product development initiatives, participates in special projects, and identifies and values vintage Steiff treasures on behalf of the company. She also works for Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania, as the Steiff specialist in the Doll and Toy Division and as the company's public relations specialist.
Rebekah is a regular contributor to many publications, including Doll News, Antique Doll Collector
, Teddy Bear and Friends
, and the Steiff Club Magazine
, which has a circulation of over 30,000 and is translated into five languages. Her blog, My SteiffLife, (http://mysteifflife.blogspot.com/) receives thousands of visits per month and focuses on interesting vintage Steiff items, Steiff antiquing adventures, and the history behind older Steiff treasures. Her Steiff book for children, Sassafrass Jones and Her Forever Friends ABCs
is available through <Amazon.com>.
Rebekah is the admin on the vintage Steiff Facebook fan page, where she has grown the fan base from 400 to almost 10,000. She is frequently tapped by auction houses and the media for her Steiff expertise; recent engagements include Christie's of London, Teddy Dorado, Theriault's, James D. Julia, FAO Schwarz, The Boston Globe
, The Huffington Post
, Town and Country
, Harry Rinker's Whatcha Got,
Antique Auction Forum, Gemr, The Collectors Show, MfG-Film (Germany) and the television programs: Inside Edition, Pawn Stars
and Clean House
The Toy Furniture Shop and Tynietoy Furniture
by Linda Edward
Linda Edward is a wife, mother, grandmother, doll fanatic. Linda is a dealer in antique and vintage dolls, providing services in doll repair and restoration, appraisal, museum collection consultation, and reproduction costuming.
She has served as President of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. and also President of The Doll Collectors of America, Inc.
Linda is a member of the Ida Lewis Doll Club in Rhode Island. In UFDC she has served as a Director of Region 14. In 2006 she was the recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors Through Dolls. Linda has also served as an Editor of DOLL NEWS magazine and she was the 2009 recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Contributions to DOLL NEWS.
Linda received the Rhode Island State Senate Citation for receiving the UFDC Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors Through Dolls in August 2006.
For 18 years she operated The Doll Museum in Newport, Rhode Island that closed in 2005.
As a researcher and author she has published Cloth Dolls From Ancient To Modern,
and the series: Doll Values, Antique To Modern 9th Edition through the 12th edition;
and the soon to be published 13th Edition
as well as many articles for various doll magazines.
Elusive Halco Dolls, Often overlooked
by Jane Foster
Jane Foster was an elementary teacher for 38 years. She then enjoyed teaching reading on a part-time basis at the elementary level for five years. She is a member of Randolph Street Baptist Church and the Kanawha Valley Doll Club. Jane has lived in Hurricane, West Virginia, all of her life. She and her husband still currently reside there. Effanbee "Patsy" dolls and "Shirley Temple" dolls and memorabilia comprise most of her collection.
Jane has previously written several articles for Doll News. She has also written for Antique Doll Collector magazine
and Doll Collector magazine
, formerly Contemporary Doll magazine
. Jane has written a children's book, Dime Store Days
that has been recently published.
Spanish Dolls in the Age of Dali
by Rhoda Seidenberg
Rhoda Seidenberg is a professor of Art History at a New York area college. In addition to her academic pursuits, she loves researching and collecting antique and vintage cloth dolls.
Dina M. Seidenberg is a budding photographer. A full-time high school and part-time doll enthusiast. She started collecting dolls at the tender of six months when she reached out for a Russian tea cozy.
Cristina, A Fashion Doll of the 1950s
by Bernice Millman
Bernice is a lifetime resident of Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Maryland Institute of Art. Bernice has been married for 63 years to her husband, Jerry, a retired General Practice Dentist. They have three married children and six grandkids. They live with a rotten, spoiled Wiemariner named Gretchen and a parrot named Sammi.
Bernice is a member of Chesapeake Doll Club, Dollology Club of Washington, D.C., Lady Baltimore Doll Study Club, and the Doll Collectors Club of Great Britain.
She has conducted many seminars and lectures about antique dolls, both locally and nationally as well as leading many Doll Dialogues at UFDC National Conventions. She has mounted several antique doll exhibits, both locally and nationally (one at UFDC National Convention).
Bernice has conducted classes on collecting antique dolls at a local community college and published many articles about antique and collectible dolls in national doll magazines. She says, "Besides my grandchildren, my most favorite topic of discussion is antique dolls."
Gay Event, The Wonderful Fashion Doll, Brought To Life
by Melissa Hoover
As a little girl, Melissa was intrigued with miniatures, and treasured the beautifully illustrated books her mother bought her. A quiet child, she lived in her imagination, whether it was skipping through the meadows with the children in The Bumper Book
, or discovering just how tiny the picture of the Pet Milk cow could diminish. The few dolls she had were little people to her, and lived extraordinary lives.
She began collecting dolls as an adult in 1989, when an associate from work gave her one of the first Pleasant Company catalogs. It was the true to scale, accurately historical accessories that fascinated her, and her foray into doll collecting began. Frustrated with being unable to find the accessories she wished for her other dolls, she began to make her own. The first was a 2 ¾-inch doll she made for her reproduction "Bleuette," and called her "Bitty Becassine." A hand painted trunk for the tiny doll would follow, as she taught herself to work with wood. Melissa's first years as a doll artist were in creating miniature trunk sets with elaborate fittings, and accurately scaled accessories for dolls. In 2011, the year of "Daisy's" 100th anniversary, she taught herself to design patterns and sew her own doll clothing from the images Sheila Young drew.
Her two primary collections consist of Wendy Lawton and Robert Tonner dolls. After acquiring Lawton's for several years, she began buying "rescue" Lawtons and recreating them into new characters by changing their eyes and wigs, then designing elaborate wardrobes and accessories for them. Melissa also collects antiquarian children's books and beautifully illustrated storybooks. These, and paper dolls, are often the inspiration for her work. If she could travel back in time to learn a craft from any group of artisans, it would be to late 19th century France, to study with those who created the elaborate Etrennes
Melissa's been a UFDC member since 2004, and is currently a Member-at-Large. Her home is in Auburn, California, where she resides with her husband and two beloved dogs.
Tasha Tudor, an Artistic View of Life - A Special Exhibit at the 2016 UFDC National Convention
by Margaret Kincaid
Margaret Kincaid was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and started playing with and collecting dolls as a small child. Her Madame Alexander "Pinky" went everywhere with her. Her favorite book was a Doll's Christmas
by Tasha Tudor. When she traveled, she was always allowed to buy a souvenir doll. Margaret started collecting antique dolls with her birthday money when she was eight years old. My grandmother IdaMae made doll clothes for her dolls and Mrs. White, her babysitter would take her out to purchase a doll with my allowance. Her mother had a great dollhouse built for her ninth Christmas.
Then real life got in her way. She went to college at Radcliffe, got married to Brian Kincaid and went to graduate school at Stanford. She had two children, Eleanor and Chris. They moved from Palo Alto to New Vernon, New Jersey. Margaret had a construction company for about 12 years in New Hampshire. She became very sick in 1987, and they moved to Berkeley California, the next year. She reinvented herself as a doll dealer and from 1989 she continued, for the next 12 years, as a doll dealer in Berkeley.
In 2004, Margaret moved east to look after her mother in Baltimore until she died in 2009. She joined the Dollology Club of Washington, D.C. and enjoyed the lively doll world of the mid Atlantic states. Four years ago Samy Odin and Margaret started their Ecole des Poupées
at her home in Baltimore where they have hosted informative workshops on different types of dolls. In 2017, she moved to the family summerhouse; so she could be closer to her daughter and her family. Margaret still continues her business and workshops in New Hampshire.
When Less Is More - Especially for Junior Collectors
by Nicki Burley
As far back as she can remember, Nicki Burley has always had an assortment of books and dolls sitting on her shelves. The dolls ranged from play dolls to display dolls, but her favorites were those with extensive wardrobes. Tiny clothing fascinated her so much that she kept a dresser drawer full of clean and neatly folded dresses, which the dolls themselves didn't get to wear very often. Inspired by historical novels and armloads of fashion history and sewing books, she taught herself to make dolls and their costumes, moving from one era to another as she read and learned. Sewing became her way to make the past come to life, an enthusiasm she took with her as a teacher of literature, writing and history.
Her enduring passions are "Bleuette" and "Huret" dolls, which provide her with a wealth of clothing options to sew, as well as experimenting with vintage cloth doll patterns. Her "other" favorite pastime is researching and writing about the history of dolls. She currently serves as President of the Best Little Doll Club of Orange County, and actively promotes doll collecting to the youth in her homeschooling community. Besides teaching others through the last 22 years, she has homeschooled her five children, two of whom are still in high school. Sometimes she daydreams about how much sewing she might get done once they've all graduated, but there will still be three spoiled and demanding cats to consider.
Ethel Newcome, the Famous Sanitary Fair Doll Is Presented to UFDC
by Janet Gula
Janet Gula, our UFDC President, has always had a passion for anything French when it comes to dolls. An avid collector, Janet has contributed numerous articles to DOLL NEWS and other publications. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2009 and served as Director of Region 16 from 2002 to 2005. She is an accredited judge and was mentored by the late author and researcher, Mary Krombholz. When serving as Director of ReAL Services, she had the opportunity to work first hand with the dolls generously donated to the UFDC by Anne Mears. One particular little Jumeau really captured Janet's heart and is the focus of the article. Janet "adopted" this doll through the "Adopt a Doll" program, a fundraising initiative that supports the preservation and conservation of the dolls in the UFDC collection. It wasn't until the doll was being placed in its new home in the UFDC Museum that Janet discovered that the petite doll also owned a trunk full of tiny treasures! Janet divides her time between her northern home in Toronto, Canada, and her southern home in Naples, Florida. She belongs to three clubs: the Vintage Doll Club of Southern Ontario, the Naples Doll Club and Les Rubans Aubergines.