From the Editor

Spring is here, bringing its promise of warmth and new growth. With spring we deliver a basket of interesting features and well-researched articles by notable authors who generously share their knowledge and expertise. Open this issue to find stories of the beloved Nancy Ann Storybook Doll Company, as told by the literary team of Elaine Pardee and Robert Tonner, each taking us on a storybook adventure into the company’s early beginnings and what lies beyond. Robert shares a couple of surprises along the way.

Ruby Red Galleria, souvenir doll artist for UFDC’s 69th Annual Convention “Passport to Adventure,” is highlighted with an endearing personal story of company owner, Ruby Ho. Author Melissa Hoover treats us to an adorable accessory pattern celebrating the 2018 Chinese New Year. A timely feature by Sharon Zerkel explores the Hopi and Zuni Indian culture through their intriguing kachina dolls.

What would spring be without a tribute to mom and dad? A delightful feature by Jane Foster sends a nod to Mother’s Day, from mothers and their children. Bradley Justice salutes fathers with a story about a certain doctor and his family. With special spring occasions in the air, Jill Kaar Hanson shares the artistry of Vivian Trillow Smith, with the popular and highly collectible vintage Hallmark Doll Cards.

The adventure continues with an enchanting tale from Steiff expert Rebekah Kaufman, who shares a variety of furry fairy tale-based creations. Dominique Pennegues enlightens collectors with the very rare French laminated cloth dolls of Verdier & Gutmacher – a must-read.

Linda Edward offers a glimpse of early toy washing machines and laundry accessories to keep our doll’s clothing clean and ‘spring fresh.’ We are treated by Linda Holderbaum, as she shares her knowledge of Russian Stockinette dolls, followed by a related paper doll from a 1910 Ladies Home Journal magazine. Laurie McGill joins our literary team with a charming story about early department store doll tea parties through the years. In the Junior Collector’s Corner, young collectors will be delighted to find an adorable Jester pattern to make for a Bleuette-size doll.
May your spring bring warmth and new growth.

Kathy

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