Winter brings the end of one year and the beginning of the next "“ a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future. For me, this past year has been truly a delight to work with the many contributors who support our premier doll magazine. This year has been amazing, and I hope you look forward to opening each issue as much as I enjoy putting each issue together.
We celebrate winter with an intriguing glimpse into the personal inspiration to develop a celebrity line from R. John Wright Dolls, with the company's exclusive new edition Shirley Temple doll gracing our cover. In a beautifully presented feature, the artist explores the world of celebrities and that which inspired the creation of classic film characters in felt. An adorable Shirley Temple paper doll by the late, renowned artist, Tom Tierney, will delight our paper doll and Shirley Temple enthusiasts.
This issue packs valuable information for our upcoming 70th UFDC Annual Convention, sure to be an exciting event in Nashville, Tennessee, at the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Star Struck is our convention theme and Neal Foster captures it best with rare and stunning celebrity composition dolls of the 1930s on, in a well-presented photographic essay. Deb Hoffman discusses "˜unmentionables' while Mary Ann Shandor provides a pattern for them… Shhh!
In this issue, we are welcomed to the home and personal collection of our resident Steiff expert, Rebekah Kaufman, and having personally visited her adorable home, I can assure you of an impressive Steiff experience. Lucy Heckman offers a well-researched feature with wonderful photographs of Liberty of London Dolls, while author Linda Holderbaum delights us with Unica Liberation Dolls. Exciting moments from September's Region 11 Conference, Maryland, a Merry Land, held in Baltimore, Maryland are shared by Event Chairperson, Elinor Champion. We'll take a final look at more events from last year's convention "“ Blue Ribbon Winners, Special Exhibits and Junior Collector Activities. Maurine Steurer has graciously offered an extensive account of the Special Exhibit: From East to West "“ Native American Dolls, for those who missed or wish to re-visit this comprehensive exhibit.
Be sure to read Doll-ers & Sense, from the desk of "¨UFDC Secretary-Treasurer, Connie Reynolds and get the real facts about UFDC's 501(c)(3) Status. The segment is well-written and important for every UFDC club member to understand.
I wish you a very prosperous New Year "“ filled with the joy and excitement that these pages of DOLL NEWS might bring!