From the Editor

I was nearly sixteen years old when I stopped playing with my Barbie doll. Over those years, I enjoyed sewing many wonderful clothes for her, including a complete wedding ensemble. It’s hard to believe that this beloved doll, for so many young girls, turns sixty years old this year. We celebrate Barbie’s milestone with our summer issue, focusing on one of Mattel’s sculptors, Joyce Christopher. Bradley Justice highlights this prolific artist and shares his own childhood doll, Stacey, an English friend for Barbie, for our cover. The celebration continues with Barbie, from special fashion packaging to coloring books and paper dolls and will be sure to take you for a walk down Mattel’s memory lane.

Rebekah Kaufman delights us with small Steiff treats featuring the company’s woolen miniatures. It is an issue of miniatures, as Linda Holderbaum continues with a look at the cloth dolls of Mildred “Milly” Davis.” Find a ‘treasure trove’ of Fred Laughon dolls, as Val Copley continues her research on this talented American pegwooden doll artist. A special exhibit in Basel, Switzerland prompted a study of old-fashioned corsets, with a delightful pattern to make a corset for a 15-inch Huret-style doll.

In this issue, a very special treat comes from Alan Scott Pate, with the full story of Japanese courtesan and heroine dolls, exquisitely photographed. Speaking of exquisite, hold your breath for the breathtaking display of Madame Alexander’s beautiful brides, courtesy of Rodney Waller and Theriault’s.

With this summer being the season of brides and anniversaries, we continue with a beautifully presented story of early brides, from Queen Victoria to the flawless bisque of Kämmer & Reinhardt, followed by a magazine paper doll bride. Did you know that England celebrates this year with the 200th anniversary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert?

More miniatures ahead with a continuance of the 17th century doll’s houses (as seen in the 2017 UFDC Convention Souvenir Journal-Tall and Small) that are permanent collections of three museums in the Netherlands. We are enlightened by Jennifer Kohn Murtha, who highlights doll artist, Judy Porter. Rhoda Seidenberg shares some very interesting and fun facts about Disney celebrity, Donald Duck, while Laurie McGill focuses on some not-so-fun facts about a World War II doll spy at the UFDC Museum. For our Junior Collectors, Victoria Christopherson completes her Nashville ensemble with an adorable cowboy boot project for an 18-inch doll.

 

“Happy Birthday to all of our ‘Barbies’

from DOLL NEWS!”

Enjoy,

Kathy

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