From the Editor

Linda Holderbaum

We hope that everyone is continuing to be well.

Summer is here, which brings sunshine and raises the spirit! We are excited to have our "Dolly & Me, By the Sea" annual convention in Baltimore in July! In partnering with the convention for this issue you will find articles from shell dolls to a delightful article on pirate dolls by Rhoda Seidenberg to get or keep you in the mood.

The "theme" set for this issue was "Back to Nature" and I thank all the authors who took up the challenge for this issue. All kinds of topics, from leather to metal to paper are covered as well as materials used for wigs and hands. Even our paper doll "Elswyth" created by artist Victoria Christopherson, depicts a wooden doll! Some of the "odder" natural materials dolls have been made of are featured in our Back to Nature Alphabet. By the end of the article you will be left wondering "how (or perhaps why) did they do that?"

Did you know Steiff used wood for some of their items? Hard Knocks, written by Rebekah Kaufman, has the information. The rare Hoseley Party Dolls are the topic chosen by Jane Foster. "Natch!," by Ian Price, takes us into the modern realm. We take another look at Hollywood through Woolsey Ackerman’s Rebecca article.

One club even took up the challenge of combining information for a couple of articles when they could not meet in person. Thank you Battle Creek Area Doll Club of Michigan for interesting information. Look for the "We invite you to share your dolls and knowledge" section that will stir up some ideas for you or your club to try.

Continue to be safe and well. So go grab that doll or two and sit down and enjoy this magazine.

Linda

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