Spring 2019 From the Editor

Springtime in my home state of Texas is very special! Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, our roadsides and fields are filled with flowing carpets of wildflowers, Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush. It’s not unusual to see Texas doll collectors photographing their dolls in the fields each spring among the fragrant blooms.

Spring’s issue opens with an exciting discovery of a lovely French doll named Frisette. Samy Odin and Sheryl Williams present their research in two comprehensive features with spectacular photographs. As our cover feature, this doll was distributed through an early French children’s magazine. A paper doll and an adorable apron pattern complete this revealing feature. In addition, Susan Sirkis delights us with an impressive collection of UFDC Convention Souvenirs, including a fabulous pattern for the 1997 souvenir, “Louise.”

With focus on celebrities and our upcoming convention theme, Star Struck, we learn about the stars from the early film era, the Silent Screen. Marking 70 years, author Linda Holderbaum shares a collection of dolls from the year 1949. Rodney Waller delivers an exciting photographic display of Madame Alexander’s Coronation Dolls from 1953. For the half-doll aficionado, Florence Theriault generously shares a glimpse of very rare and unusual “dressing table fancies.”

We discover a bit of history and fascination surrounding the Maggie Bessie doll, as Billye Harris takes us on a virtual tour of the “Maggie Bessie” UFDC Museum Exhibit. Bradley Justice shares a ‘bit’ of Country-Western Barbie ‘Superstars’, where Donny & Marie Osmond make a cameo appearance. Speaking of Country-Western Superstars, the estate of the late paper doll artist, Tom Tierney, graciously shares a few of the artist’s remarkable paper portrayals of famous country singers.

Exactly how does a doll feel about being restored? Find out in these pages, as a French heirloom doll shares her ‘thoughts’ about it. Junior Collector co-chairperson, Erica Cruz, loans us her American Girl presentation, featured at the 2018 UFDC Convention in Phoenix, which explores the history and background of their successful company. A Junior project follows with a Nashville ensemble by Victoria Christopherson, designed to fit 18-inch dolls, like the American Girl.

May flowers and dolls bring you doll collecting joy – they just go together so nicely in the springtime!

Enjoy,

Kathy

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