Summer 2017 The Authors


Léontine Rohmer and Her “In-between” Dolls
, by François Theimer
FrançoiS Theimer was born in Strasbourg, (France) on April 14, 1949. He came to Paris in 1970 and in 1975 opened a Parisian toy and doll shop named “Polichinelle” in the Montmartre district of Paris. François specialized in antique French dolls and toys. Two years later in 1977, he created the “doll restoration business” in opposition to the doll repairing business. In December 1986, he married Danielle, a wonderful dokumentalist, who searches for documentation about products.

He was the organizer of several World Congresses of Antique Doll Collectors (1980 and 1982 in Paris, 1984 in Monaco and 1994 in Paris La Villette). From 1980 to 1986 Theimer published the first French doll magazine, Polichinelle, interrupted for few years and then published once again in 1993 under the new title of Encyclopedia POLICHINELLE and issued yearly until 1999 (Volume 1 to 7). François was the organizer of some special doll exhibitions in France, including the Doll Festival in Montmartre (1987), The Poupées Royales Exhibit in 2006, and the Huret Exhibit in 2008 at the Ambassador Hôtel in Paris.

He is an expert and appraiser at the French Court of Appeal in Paris in the category of “Antique Dolls, Toys and Automatons” from 17th to 20th century. He has been the organizer of specialized auctions since 1982 in Paris (now at the Ambassador Hotel-Paris every two months). He also created the “Doll Fair POLICHINELLE “ (once a year in Paris).

Franćois is an international lecturer giving presentations in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Europe. He speaks three different languages. He has been a teacher in art school since 1988 and an author (mostly in collaboration with his wife, Danielle) of several specialized books on antique dolls and toys (including the Encyclopedia of French Dolls.)


Elise – Over Time
, by Bruce A. deArmond
Bruce A. de Armond says, “My life has pretty much been guided by my personal three “D’s”… design, dressage and dolls. My design path took me first to Southern California were I joined the department store renaissance of the 1980s. Department stores were creating their individual retail image and either building new stores or remodeling old ones. For ten years I was part of this tornado of planning, design and redesign. Eventually, the big discount stores changed everything, and I almost by accident stumbled into Las Vegas for a one-year project that ended up lasting 20 years. Hotel and casino design took me to projects not only in Las Vegas, but across the country and internationally.”

“Living and breathing design since college, horses and the equestrian discipline of dressage became my main escape from the pressure and deadlines that come with the territory. Since graduating college, I rode dressage both as an amateur and professionally across the country and Canada. To my surprise at the time, Las Vegas had a healthy dressage culture, which became an important part of my time living and working there.”

“As a second-generation doll collector, I started with my parent’s intense interest, collecting, researching and traveling with mainly antique, but also vintage Madame Alexander dolls. After Dad’s retirement, my parents built their own doll world in both the United States and London during the extreme headiness of the 1980s doll extravaganza. My own collecting started the mid 1980s when I stumbled onto “Cissy” at a Glendale, California, doll show. Since then, the collecting and research of this vintage fashion doll has fascinated me. “

“I’ve written numerous articles for THE REVIEW and given presentations on vintage dolls for the Madame Alexander Doll Club. This has all pushed me to learn new technology to better present my research. I’ve started doing videos to help tell this story that seems to constantly expand as I collaborate in the study of dolls with other collectors. I’ve used my website <www.dolledition.com> to help share this information and discovery.”


Steiff and Disney

Celebrating Eight Decades of International Collaboration
by Rebekah Kaufman
Rebekah Kaufman is a third generation, lifelong Steiff enthusiast. Her collection of Steiff numbers north of 1,000 and focuses on examples from 1905 onward, uncataloged rarities, and Studio (life-sized) items. Professionally, she is the archivist for Steiff North America, where she leads collector’s 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, Pennyslvania, 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 on 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 Steiff expertise; recent engagements include Christie’s of London, Teddy Dorado, Theriault’s, James D. Julia, FAO Schwarz, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, 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.


Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter – Comic Queen
, by Patti Fertel
Patti Fertel, a retired mental health counselor and therapist, has been an avid paper doll collector since 1974 when she first re-discovered paper dolls after seeing an antique replica at a museum. She has been a member of the Olentangy Valley Doll Club in central Ohio and a member of UFDC for 20 years. A frequent contributor to Doll News, she is also a paper doll and altered book artist. Patti has given many programs about collecting antique paper dolls and has given paper doll workshops at regional and national conventions. Currently, she is also a docent at the Wexner Art Center and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library in Columbus, Ohio.


A girl named Lynn and her Marilú Doll
, by Marta L. Rico
Marta L. G. Viva-Rico was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she thinks of dolls, her memories take her to those early days of childhood surrounded by them. Those dolls kept her company while pursuing her degree in accounting a little later in life. They were also by her side when she met and married Oscar; and shortly after, she moved to New York with her husband who was responding to a call to fill a position in a hi-tech company. She has two daughters and a granddaughter.

While raising her two daughters, Marta opened up her own bridal boutique specializing in custom- made, one-of-a-kind bridal headpieces, veils, hats and accessories. For 20 years her unique designs were featured in many national bridal magazines and fashion shows.

Today Marta›s doll collection consists of some of her own childhood dolls including a “Marilú” doll, gifted to her by her mother in 1955, as well as other earlier “Marilú” examples acquired through the years.

Many years ago she attended her first doll club meeting and was introduced to the wonderful world of antique French fashion poupées; since then her interest has been geared almost exclusively to those wonderful dolls, and so began a true appreciation for the art and history that each brings with it.

Sewing for these soulful pieces of art is Marta›s favorite occupation. Her thorough research about design, allows her to accurately and lovingly make use of fabrics and trims depending on the era of each particular doll. One of her lovely creations, a bridal gown using antique silk satin and exquisite antique lace, was exhibited at The Lace Museum, Sunnyvale, California, where Marta is also a volunteer and curator of the antique dolls property of the museum.

Currently Marta lives in Morgan Hill, California, with her husband, their three little rescue dogs and where she is surrounded by all those pretty doll faces that put a smile on her face everyday. She has been a member of the California Poppies Doll Study Club for over 10 years and more recently has joined the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group.


Searching for 13 Rare Terri Lee Real Mink Coats, 
by Shelia Meyer
Shelia Meyer is a long-standing member of UFDC. She belongs to the Southern Indiana Doll Club and is a past member of the Dollaholics of Southern Indiana. She has attended Terri Lee doll conventions since 1999. She served as Chair for the Terri Lee, Queen of Dolls, conventions in 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as the upcoming 2017 Convention in Evansville, Indiana. Shelia has published some articles in the “Daisy Chain,” the primary newsletter of the Terri Lee doll collectors. Visit the TL website at <www.terrileedolls.com> for more information.


Effanbee’s Fluffy, 
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 written some articles for Antique Doll Collector magazine.  Also she has had articles published in Doll News and in Doll Collector Magazine, formerly Contemporary Doll Magazine.  Currently Jane is awaiting publication of a children’s book she has written.

Effanbee Patsy dolls and Shirley Temple dolls and memorabilia comprise most of her collection.
Jane has lived in Hurricane, West Virginia, all of her life. She and her husband still currently reside there.


Why I Believe in Fairies, the Art of Stephanie Blythe, 
by Jill Kaar Hanson
Jill Kaar Hanson has been a collector of dolls all of her life. She has been a National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA) Patron and served as Chair for Original Doll Artists Council of America’s (ODACA) annual luncheon, receiving their Joan Hart Award. She also wrote and produced two first place UFDC audio-visual programs entitled, “Dolls of NIADA” and “Dolls from Children’s Literature.” In 1993 Jill chaired her first Special Exhibit about the Artists of ODACA. A NIADA exhibit has been on her “Bucket List” ever since.

Jill has served as President of The Lake County Doll Collectors of Illinois three times. She served as Region 10 Director from 2005-2008 at the same time that doll artist, Heather Maciak served as Region 16 Director. Jill and Jerry (her husband and resident doll photographer) are currently serving as the Chairs of Helpers for the 2016 convention in Orlando.


A Special Visit Studying Dolls in Japan,
 by Susan Foreman
Susan Foreman was born in Los Angeles, California; grew up in Burbank (where her earliest memories are of playing with the now highly collectible hard plastic Madame Alexander dolls) and spent weekends and summers at the family beach house in Balboa.

When Susan was 13, her mother died suddenly. Life changed. Although dolls had held a very special place in Susan’s early years, they were now set aside to pursue more practical matters. Susan went on to college, earning an Associate Arts Degree from Pierce College, attending UCLA and eventually receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from Woodbury College in Los Angeles.

Susan met Jay Foreman in 1970, and two years later they were married. Not only did they become husband and wife, but business partners as well. Working together, they built their Los Angeles business, House of Clocks (founded by Jay in 1955), to be one of the foremost watch repair shops in the United States, employing up to 55 people at one point. As the business grew, so did Susan’s interest in horology. To this day she relishes the challenge of researching the history of a timepiece. In 1990 she and her late husband decided it was time to leave the big city and move to Cambria, a small town on California’s central coast. In 1991 they opened Once Upon a Tyme, specializing in watches, clocks and dolls.

During the 1970s, in addition to racing automobiles (Porsche in Sports Car Club of America and Osca in Vintage Races) and taking care of the financial matters of a growing business, Susan’s love for dolls was rekindled. In 1975 Susan received a phone call from her father. He had just retrieved two boxes from storage. The boxes were marked “Susan’s Dolls.” The boxes contained not only her beloved Madame Alexander “Cissy,” “Lissy,” “Cissette,” “Elise,” “Alexander-kins,” and “Little Genius,” but two bisque dolls from the 1890s that had belonged to her grandmother and great aunt. Her childhood love of dolls as playthings evolved into an adult love of collecting.

As a collector, however, the dolls that called to Susan were not those of her childhood, but rather those of her grandmother’s day – dolls from the 1870s to 1915. French bébés and German character dolls are particular favorites.

In order to better understand how antique bisque dolls were made, Susan learned the techniques of porcelain doll making from the casting of the porcelain to the painting of the features and the creating of the costumes. During the 1990s she taught porcelain doll making; and in 1995 one of her creations, 15-inch “Alice” depicting Vivian Tobin, the first Alice in Wonderland to star on the American stage in 1915, received Best of Show honors at the Mid-State Fair.

She has presented doll collecting programs for a variety of organizations including the 1990 and 2015 UFDC Region 2-S Conferences. She has written articles for such publications as Antique Doll Collector, Doll News, and, the no longer published, Dolls magazine. She contributed an article for the UFDC 2014 Convention Souvenir Journal, Shared Passions.  In addition she has written numerous horological articles for the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors including one about collecting and displaying character watches with dolls depicting that character, thus sharing doll collecting with a completely new group of people.

In 2011 she published her research about the little known, and previously undocumented, California Bisque Doll Company. Here findings appeared in Antique Doll Collector magazine. Prior to Susan’s research little was known of this company, with the exception of one short paragraph in the Coleman’s Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls.

Susan currently belongs to two UFDC clubs, California Scenic Coast Doll Club and the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group. While Susan has numerous interests, dolls continue to be her passion. She says of dolls, “They bring me great joy.”


Poupées en Caisse Française en Costume National, 
by Linda Holderbaum
Linda Holderbaum has served the Executive Director of the Art Center of Battle Creek in Battle Creek, Michigan, for the past 10 years and was the curator there for 12 years before that. She has been a doll collector since the 1960s along with her sister, Rosemary Deal. Her greatest passion has always been ethnic dolls—especially Russian dolls and matryoshkas, though she collects all kinds—with over 7,000 antique to modern.

She was the chair of the 1988 “Sojourn to Battle Creek” Region 12 conference and is a long time member of the Battle Creek Area Doll Club of Michigan. She is a founding member of the Battle Creek Regional History Museum and consults with other museums in the area.

She has published more than 75 articles in Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Doll Castle News and Doll News and regional convention journals. Linda has been a judge for the Fort Wayne Doll Club annual competition for over eight years and a former judge for the Timbertown Dollology Club annual competition. During the past year Linda has returned to research and writing articles as a diversion while helping her husband battle cancer. It has been great to be able to share and enjoy her collection anew.


Shirley Temple, The Depression’s Box Office Doll -A Special Exhibit of the Santa Monica History Museum, 
by Woolsey Ackerman
Woolsey Ackerman has been influenced by the world of dolls and movies since he was a kid. When his mother inherited her grandmother’s collection of dolls that had been acquired while she lived in Europe in the 1920s, the collector bug bit. The family had managed an opera house and movie theatre between 1890 and the late 1950s. Woolsey grew up with stories of the old movies and days of touring vaudeville. Discovering at an early age that dolls and toys had been an integral part of the merchandising and publicity of movies since films beginning he saw a unique way to combine his passions. He has pursued this since, making the history of the movies his lifelong career. Susan, his mother along with father, Richard, continue the main collection to this day.

As a kid Woolsey saved his money from paper routes and playing church organ to start the movie division of the collection. Billie Nelson Tyrell helped out with her then mail order business of the best old movie dolls out there. Over the past 30 years some of the finest and rarest of the genre have become a part of the collection. Though sometimes difficult to retain, the collection with its many personalities and characters (including variations and artist creations of those celebrated persons) has been kept intact, telling the history of movie merchandising between 1913 and 1970.

Ackerman came to Los Angeles after college and was able to get in on the ground floor when interest in the preservation of film history started. First working for the Director’s Guild of America, he got his feet wet in Hollywood and met some of the movies most influential directors. That led to a job at Ted Turner’s new company when Ted acquired the great MGM, Warner Brothers, RKO film library. There he became researcher and archivist for the publishing division that produced coffee table books on the movies, including the award winning, When the Lion Roars. That led to a documentary and then a whole new career working on all aspects of research and production for Turner Classic Movies, producing documentaries, DVD presentations, books, music CDs, and the insterstitial presentations which the network continues to broadcast to this day. It meant meeting and working with all the legends of old Hollywood too, including some of those personalities represented in the collection of dolls including Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Jane Withers, Lauren Bacall, Shari Lewis, Sybil Jason, Jackie Cooper, Baby Peggy, and Susan Dey. A stint with fellow collector, Barbra Streisand archiving and cataloging her collection of career memorabilia for auction followed along with work in various aspects of film memorabilia, film archiving and film making.

In his various travels in the close knit Hollywood group of historians he met celebrity photographer Stephen Paley who is working on a photo book of interesting and unique Hollywood characters. He felt that Woolsey and the collection could be an image he might feature in such a project, and thus a panoramic display photo came to be. This photo led to “America Now” producer and writer Jeff Copeland deciding to do a series of segments for the news show about movie related dolls, the first airing in Oct. 2013. That segment showed the scope of the collection and focused on Shirley Temple and Judy Garland dolls. A future segment will feature a rare Rudolph Valentino doll. These can be viewed today on YouTube.

During the past two years, he has worked closely with Theriault’s and the Shirley Temple Black family. First in assisting in the cataloging of her career memorabilia collection that was presented in the “Love, Shirley Temple” touring exhibit, catalog and auction; next in the presentation of several museum exhibitions honoring Temple and utilizing his collection and those of others. This work continues. He has also served as a go to person in research for the movie related dolls designed by R. John Wright and Robert Tonner.

Woolsey feels that the art of doll collecting should be presented to the general public to promote an understanding and interest in it. Almost everyone can relate to the movie genre. Many of us owned a representation of one of our favorite movie characters as a kid. Woolsey plans to continue sharing information about the collection through articles, books, TV shows, and exhibits, and hopes that one day this genre of doll will be a part of a movie-related museum.


Ginny, The Lesney Era, 
by Jackie Childers
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The Helmand Doll Project, 
by Leonard H. LeBlanc III
Leonard H. le Blanc III was born in 1951 and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. After service in the United States Air Force and United States Navy Len did US defense contracts in southwest and central Asia. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Bioethics and Global Public Health at the American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN). He is also a Professor of Social Science and Human Security and a Senior Research Fellow at the same university. He is also the Director of the Helmand Doll Project, a humanitarian self-help project for indigenous women in rural Afghanistan who made-craft ethnic dolls for sale. He is married to the former Lana Adnan Issa al-Shareeda of Basra, Iraq, and they have a son and a daughter.


UFDC Extends A Warm Welcome
An Open House, A Weekend Event
by Laurie McGill
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