We hope when you open this issue you are well. For those of us having to stay at home this issue should be a boost for your spirit! Dolls have a way of helping us through difficult times and this is no exception. I also need to send applause to two very important individuals. One goes to our President Barbara Stone for her help as editor, mentor and cheer leader. On top of all her other duties she managed to help edit, write and be there for moral support. The other thank you goes to Marta Sivakoff, who is the very talented artist that takes all the information, articles and photographs and magically puts it all together with her wonderfully designed layouts to make a great magazine.
Leafing through this issue you should guess the theme. Spring brings new beginnings and the hope of a bright future—just what we need right now! Flowers begin to bloom and green buds appear on the trees. Weddings also symbolize new beginnings. We dedicate this issue to our founder, Mary E. Lewis, who had an extensive collection of bride dolls and wrote a book, The Marriage of Diamonds and Dolls, on the subject. As collectors we see each doll as a new beginning and the chance to preserve a doll an opportunity to extend its future beyond that of the original owner.
Our thanks to the authors contributing to this issue. Pat Dutchman delights us with her story of how she amassed her collection of brides. Florence Theriault shows us the journey of Huguette Clark. Rebekah Kaufman showcases the amazing Steiff Green Man. Jane Foster educates us on Hard to Find Madame Alexander Dolls Part II. Jackie Childers takes a look at the Vogue International Brides from 1982. A delightful paper doll was created by the talented artist Victoria Christopherson. Rosemary Deal looks at the bridal cakes and cake toppers. A great resource to identify shoes is part of Stepping Out. Consider putting a "Focus" article together as an individual or club project as some of our authors have for this issue. Let's play dolls!