Summer 2015 From the Editor


Summers seemed to hold a distinctive  yellow hue in the 1950s. Hula Hoops  were yellow. Slip "˜n Slides were  yellow. Imprisoned in their glass jars, the  fireflies we caught in the backyard glowed  yellow. The Fourth of July's fireworks flashed yellow across the  blackened sky. Carefree days were spent under the dazzling yellow sun.

Even the pure white daisies in our mother's garden boasted bright yellow  centers. Pretending them to be fried eggs, my sister and I slyly plucked  them to place on the small child-sized dishes we kept in our playhouse.

In this issue of Doll News we celebrate the innocence and promise  of mid-twentieth century America. Jill and Jerry Hanson bring us  the life-long story of Betsy McCall, the paper doll (and doll) that has  remained a happy constant in our lives for decades. We are honored  to share Betsy, an original paper doll by the very talented, Robert  Tonner. Betsy, we will find, deftly weaves herself in and throughout  this edition. AnneLise Wilhelmsen has created a delightful board game  featuring Betsy and her well-filled closet for our Junior Collectors  (as well as for the young at heart). AnneLise also rightfully joins the  ranks of those illustrious designers who continuously clothed Betsy  and her adoring little fans. She has fabricated a pattern of her own to  adorn Robert Tonner's version of Betsy McCall. Gael Shultz shares  her treasured childhood memories of the indomitable little girl who has  remained forever young as we've grown up and older.

Rebekah Kaufman tells us of Steiff's "Teddy Baby" bears, a furry  line that spanned across the twentieth century. Sharon Zerkel honors  the dolls of our 49th state, Alaska, which joined the union as the fifties  drew to a close, while Linda Holderbaum introduces us to Russia's  stockinette dolls. Kathy Turner relates the story of the Mark Farmer  family and their important California-based, mid-century china  doll reproduction catalog company. We segue into the early 1960s  with Judith Izen's story of Tammy, the doll we loved to dress, and  Bradley Justice renews our friendship with Dare Wright, the author  of the beloved Lonely Doll series of books which first appeared in  1957. Nancy Goldstein offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking  perspective on the uncanny doll while Jane Foster shares the  discovery of some important heretofore undocumented accessories  for the ever-popular Patti Playpal.

Ann Leis brings us the story of talented ODACA artist, Anne  Myatt, and just in time for our 66th UFDC convention to convene in  Kansas City this July, we will read the intriguing back story of Miss  Unity, our organization's emblem.

It is my sincere hope that you enjoy a bright, safe and happy  summer. Listen closely. Perhaps you'll hear the ice cream man's bell as  he comes down your street.

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