A Fresh Look at Cloth Dolls in the 1997 Classic American Doll U.S. Postage Stamps
by Nancy Goldstein
Nancy is a Terri Lee collector who has written about Terri and other dolls for DOLL NEWS and for The Daisy Chain, the Terri Lee newsletter. She authored Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist (University of Michigan Press, 2008 with a second edition in 2019), a biography that includes a chapter on the Patty-Jo doll and black dolls. Nancy is a member of Ann Arbor Doll Collectors. In recent years her interest is dolls in their historical context and how dolls represent society, culture and the individuals who create and collect them.
Abigail Brownell Reveals Her Story: A Doll's Tale of How Toys Become Real
by Jennifer Anne Stewart
Jennifer has been collecting dolls since she was a teen when she purchased her first Madame Alexander doll. She fell in love with antique dolls at the early age of four, when a small antique bisque doll in original French dress was placed in her arms for a few minutes while she visited a home that had heirloom dolls. Never forgetting that experience, she began collecting antique dolls after receiving her mother-in-law's childhood By-Lo-Baby in 1990. Currently living in Oregon, she is a member of UFDC and a local Doll Club. Jennifer writes creatively about women and children in history, and about antique dolls and sewing for them.
Her blog is Quintessential Antique Dolls. (www.quintessentialantiquedolls.wordpress.com)
Becoming a Fan with Madame Alexander's Fan Girl
by Josh Holderbaum
Josh has been involved with action figures since childhood and his intensive collection spans everything from Marvel and DC to G.I. Joe as well as action figures from other countries. He has loaned items from his collection for numerous exhibitions. He also gives talks about his collection and is a member of the Battle Creek Area Doll Club. He is Operations Manager at Kingman Museum of Natural History in Battle Creek and spends time working on their collections, installing exhibitions and providing planetarium talks.
Birth of the Realistic Bisque Baby Part I
by Rosemary Deal
Rosemary has been a doll collector since the 1960s and a member of the Battle Creek Area Doll Club since 1979. Her extensive collection includes all types of dolls, teddy bears and doll houses but antiques are her favorite. She has an extensive collection of Liberty of London dolls. She was in charge of the competitive area for the 1989 Region 12 convention held in Battle Creek. A retired elementary school teacher, she has attended many conventions over the years.
Everyone Loves a Hollywood Doll
by Paulette Gauthier Tarant
A touch of biography, with a sprinkling of my doll story!
When I was nine, mom and dad had their fill of cold and snow in our town of St Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
My mom's sister had moved to Los Angeles, Ca. 2 years prior and we couldn't wait to join her.
What a privilege and honor it was to be accepted in the greatest country in the world.
We boarded that train so fast my head was spinning!
When we arrived and were unpacking the very few boxes we had toted to our new home, I excitedly asked " where's my box of dolls mom?"
To my utter horror she replied "I gave them away in Canada, there was no room, don't worry we will buy some new ones."
What, what, WHAT?
I shouldn't be surprised, here's a woman, lovely as she is, who tossed her wedding gown after her own wedding! Not a saver for sure!
I must have cried for a week before she placated me with a Hollywood doll, and a new American Character Tiny Tears.
We lived in the town of Torrance Ca, five minutes from the beach.
To grow up as a teenager in the 1960's in a beach town is like heaven on earth!
I attended a local high school, and became a "pseudo hippie"
Yes, it's my own coined phrase and what I mean by it is simple.
To me it meant pretending to be a real hippie, fit in with my peers, but when alone to reading the greats like Somerset Maugham, Emily Dickinson, Chaucer, There were so many talented writers who always made you feel at home in their presence.
I escaped California young , barely 18, armed with a permission slip from mom and headed for New York for stories which are much too long to share here!
Yada, yada, yada..... fast forward
Attended a girl's college, followed by courses in interior designer.
Interior design was my profession for more years than I will admit to.
Dolls, writing, and books have always been a passion in my life.
For the last ten years I have concentrated on The Hollywood Doll Company.
I find the background of the company, the Doll characters ,and the history fascinating.
I pray that I continue my commitment and passion to complete a reference book, co- authoring with Elaine Pardee ( author of The Nancy Ann Storybook Encyclopedias) in the future.
Doll News has truly been an inspiration to me as a doll lover.
They encourage free thinkers, have fabulous articles, and I feel so fortunate
to be part of their ongoing dedicated publication!
Mary Hoyer Fashion Shows
by Jane Foster
Jane 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 Risen King Church and the Kanawha Valley Doll Club. Effanbee Patsy dolls, Shirley Temple dolls and memorabilia, and Nancy Ann Style Show dolls comprise most of her collection. Recently dolls from the decades of the 1950s and 1960s have become of special interest. She writes doll articles for DOLL NEWS, Antique Doll Magazine, and has written for Doll Collector (formerly Contemporary Doll) Magazine. Jane has written two children's books-Dime Store Days and Dime Store Dolls. Both books are Mom's Choice Award Recipients. Dime Store Dolls was featured in the Fall 2019 issue in Reviewing Resources. Jane has lived in Hurricane, West Virginia all her life, currently residing there with her husband.
Millie Paper Doll
by Victoria Christopherson
Victoria belongs to three doll clubs in Region 11. She is past president and current vice-president of the Chesapeake Doll Club of Maryland. Her interests in dolls and art date back to her childhood when she was encouraged by her mother to develop her talents. She created her first paper doll at the age of twelve and is currently a member of the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild. Her paper dolls have appeared in DOLL NEWS and other national magazines.
Carving wooden dolls is a passion for Victoria. Mainly using bass wood and mahogany, her one-of-a-kind dolls are frequent blue-ribbon winners in UFDC competitive exhibits. Victoria teaches workshops for doll clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as ornaments made from her paper dolls with fabric and trims. A graduate of the University of Pittsburg, Victoria enjoys working in watercolor and watercolor with pen and ink. Her watercolors have been displayed in shows in Baltimore and other locations. She belongs to a local watercolor group and teaches a class for watercolor techniques.
Revisiting the Ilse Ludecke Dolls
by Linda Holderbaum
Linda is the editor of DOLL NEWS. She has been collecting dolls since the 1960s. While ethnic dolls have always been her first love, her collection of over 7,000 dolls includes antique to modern and everything in between. Her book, The Other Russian Doll: Antique Bisque to 1980s Plastic, was published in 2019. She is currently the Executive Director of the Art Center of Battle Creek with extensive museum collection background. She was the chairperson of the 1989 UFDC Region 12 Conference in Battle Creek. She was a judge for the Timbertown Dollology Club's annual competition for ten years and for the Fort Wayne Doll Club's annual competition for fifteen years. Linda has written for Doll Reader, Doll Castle News and DOLL NEWS as well as Antique Doll Collector Magazine.
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 living in Europe in the 1920s the collector bug bit. The family had run an opera house and movie theatre between 1890 and the late 1950s and 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 most rare 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 right out of 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 which produced coffee table books on the movies, including the award winning WHEN THE LION ROARS. That lead 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 interstitial 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 lead 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 several 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; then 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. Most 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, exhibits and hopes that one day this genre of doll will be a part of a movie related museum.
Steiff's Hungarian Circus Doll
by Rebekah Kaufman
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. She also works for Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania, as the Steiff specialist and as the company's public relations specialist.
by Heather Wasserman
Heather is a retired middle school English teacher who resides in Staten Island, New York, with her husband and hundreds of antique to modern dolls (hers) and books (mostly his). They have two grown daughters.
Heather has been a member of the Staten Island Doll Club for nearly 25 years and has served several terms as President. With her friends, she loves attending doll shows, luncheons, auctions, and of course , U.F.D.C. conventions. Having a keen interest in local history, Heather is an active member of the Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town. Dance is her favorite form of exercise, and she enjoys line, ballroom, and tap dancing ( all senior style). Heather strongly believes that dolls and dance make a wonderful combination.
A Case of Mistaken Identity!
by Janet Gula
Janet Gula, past 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. Janet divides her time between her northern home in Toronto, Canada, and her southern home in Naples, Florida. She belongs to three UFDC clubs: Vintage Doll Club of Southern Ontario, Naples Doll Club and Southwest Florida Antique Doll Study Guild.
A Paper Doll Passion
by Maryll Goldsmith
Maryll Goldsmith, your current UFDC 1st Vice President/ President Elect, has held the offices of UFDC Secretary/Treasurer for the 2015-2017 term, Second Vice-President, Director of Convention Services for the 2017-2019 term and as Regional Director of Region 2N from 2012-2015. She belongs to two California clubs, Sacramento Pioneer Doll Club and Independent Spirits Doll Club holding positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary, all more than once, in Sacramento.
Maryll attended her first convention as a club delegate in 1989 in St. Louis. She has attended conventions ever since acting as Judge, Teller, Seminar Presenter, Dynamic Doll Dialogue Presenter, Luncheon Host, Program presenter, Registration desk, Information desk and as Director of Convention Services for the 2018 and 2019 UFDC Annual conventions (Phoenix and Nashville).
She promotes our organization with numerous library displays and community presentations on dolls. A college professor for over 30 years holding Bachelor and Masters degrees, a professional classical musician playing Bassoon for 50+ years, a conductor of a youth orchestra for over 30 years, a non-profit treasurer and contract negotiator for these last 20 years keeps her involved in many different work and business areas and subjects. Maryll collects and displays paper dolls, especially those, as she notes, that are "not necessarily flat," American Compositions, German bisques, especially Kestner, UFDC convention souvenirs and many of our newer artists. When time allows, she crochets, mostly for dolls and really enjoys number puzzles. She has the support of three doll collecting sisters whose age differences and interests help keep her up to date in our everchanging doll world.
Dolls That Broke the Mold, Part I,
Huret by Carol Cameron
Carol was born in Scotland and lived in various parts of the UK before moving to the US with her work in 1997. It was there that she discovered UFDC and joined the Doll Collectors of Houston. On moving back to the UK in 2001, she initially became a MAL and is now a member of the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group.
She is currently serving as UFDC's Secretary-Treasurer and Director of New Membership. Prior to that, she was Regional Director for UFDC's Region 16.
Carol's diverse doll collection, dating from c300 BC to the 1950's, includes woodens, waxes, cloth, bisque, chinas, art dolls and Bild Lillis. She loves history and enjoys researching the stories behind the dolls. She has presented numerous programs at various events in the US and the UK and contributed articles to DOLL NEWS and other doll publications.
Having been awarded a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Carol worked for the Royal Dutch Shell energy company in the UK, the US and The Netherlands and visited over 50 countries. She spent the first part of her career in business roles before moving into Human Resources. Her roles prior to retirement were at the Executive Vice President level.
Carol and her husband David now live just outside London in the UK, along with their very spoiled cat, Charlie. They have three grownup children, two daughters and one son, none of whom are interested in dolls. So, Carol is very much looking forward to having grandchildren, hoping that the doll collector gene has just skipped a generation!
All Things Playful
by Patricia Dutchman
Pat was born on March 26, 1951 in Chardon, OH at Corey Hospital. She was educated at Colegio Intl de Carabobo, Venezuela; Colegio Franklin Roosevelt, Peru; Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Argentina; Dearborn HS, MI; Mayfield HS, OH; and Kent State University, OH.
She has worked at Design/Drafting/CAD positions at Novelty Lighting Corp, Bedford; Johnson Rubber Co, Middlefield; Cleveland Range, Euclid; Goodrich Power Systems, and Twinsburg; Mantaline Rubber Co, Mantua.
Her hobbies include gardening, reading, movies, cooking, water aerobics, traveling, doll collecting, and she previously created porcelain dolls. Her current favorite doll is her Travel Doll Sophie by Robert Tonner and she collects antique French and German Bisque Head Fashion and Child dolls, Composition, Gene Marshall, Ellowyne and other modern fashion dolls, celluloids, brides, and cloth dolls. Her earliest doll-related memory is playing dolls and washing doll clothing with her best friend Rhonda on her back porch when she was 5 years old.
Pat joined UFDC in 1986 when she was 35 years old. She was influenced by her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, both named Patricia Dutchman and both avid doll collectors. She joined Cleveland Doll Club in 2004 and had held positions of President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Membership, Webmaster, and Luncheon Chair. She also belongs Northern Ohio Doll Club, Beachwood, OH and has belonged to several other doll clubs including Dollaholics of SW Indiana, Evansville, IN (disbanded) and Heart of Doll Country, Garrettsville, OH, (disbanded).
With the Cleveland Doll Club, she has organized bus trips to Washington D.C., Chicago and to doll shows. She attends many doll luncheons and shows and Tonner and WI Conventions. Pat has attended 10 UFDC National Conventions and 3 Regional Conventions.
The youngest of five siblings, Pat is married to her husband Bill Dutchman and they have two children Mandy (Travis) and James (Sarah) and grandkids Grace, Luke, Olivia and Ben.