credit report how to do credit repair yourself employee customer credit check services credit scores long range uk forecast credit card for fair credit score cancel experian free credit report order all three credit reports free credit reporting agencies free top credit repair programs credit repair district attorney tulsa ok what do credit repair companies do your annual credit report free cbcinnovis login credit reports long does serious delinquency stay your credit report 3 in 1 credit reports with scores obtaining annual credit reports for free credit report services compare how to get a car repo off credit report medical bill credit report difference between fico score credit report how to repair see your credit score now experian tenant credit report how to dispute a negative items on a credit report download free credit repair forms downloads get your credit report freeware government which nationwide consumer credit reporting company is the best clark howard how to get free credit score fix my child tax credit for illegals federal tax lien credit report what is the credit crunch how to cancel free experian credit report online transunion annual usa credit report free online credit score usa tenant how much does a credit check cost irs free credit report site dispute corporate absolutely free credit reports online free credit report without using credit card information credit reporting act 2010 pictures of jamaica what is the official website for the free annual credit report allowed by law credit report history blade length uk reputable credit computer repair in md best bad credit auto loans get your credit report wiped clean check experian free credit report uk annual free annual free credit report for businesses how to improve your minimum credit score for mortgage loan faxless no credit check no contact payday loans how do i remove items from credit report how to fix your credit after which 1886 event became a major setback for organized labor credit alert verification reporting system online credit checks for landlords new credit reporting laws for 2013 free business free credit check uk only advance america first american cash advance store hours triple credit score report free no credit check payday loans lenders disputing a credit report form free credit score check can i rent a car without a credit card guaranteed payday student loans without credit check credit repair companies diet pills do they really work credit report repair nicholasville ky. topix how long does a chapter 7 bankruptcy stay on my credit report check check credit score free government find credit report canada how to request credit report with a security freeze get your credit report by mail all three what is the best best credit report repair company midland credit management no status credit report fitch credit ratings cash advance lenders no credit checks free credit report consumer free credit report uk free prepaid cell phones no credit card required is credit karma safe 2013 new credit scoring model are online credit reports safe rebuild your credit credit cards with no deposit my rights free credit report deluxe suze orman credit repair kit cost of running credit report fast mini credit repair los angeles s&p company credit ratings moody's how to request a order credit report by mail why do insurance companies use credit reports get your free annual credit reports free online banking no credit checks my fico score coupon codes free credit score and report no credit card needed experian free credit rating test tenant credit report service equifax buy credit report pay off school loans faster definition consumer reporting agency under fair credit reporting act federal free credit report without giving credit card information payday loans instant cash today credit auto repair service in milwaukee wi consumerinfo com inc credit report cash advance payday cash advance loans greensboro nc mycreditreport login 100 my free credit report uk free credit report website best credit bureau addresses names of list of free credit report companies how do i get my free credit report from all three bureaus lawyers credit card for credit repair canada credit fix complaints advantage credit union newton iowa routing number obtaining a free once a year credit report from equifax credit reports all three bureaus payday loans bad credit no bank verification loans universal credit one union bank get credit card bad credit no bank account reputable reputable credit repair counselors how to rebuild my credit after foreclosure 3 in one credit report free trial free credit report ads wiki what is the best site to get a free credit score how to check credit on vodafone contract department store credit cards for no credit history how to improve my credit rating australia credit report alerts for free credit repair free helen keller services for the blind cash converters payday advance elite prestige financial credit repair federal government credit help how to repair bad raise credit score quickly how long will it take to raise your credit score 100 points virgin unsecured bad credit credit cards free consumer reports appliances appliance reviews hsbc emergency cash advance loans fix my credit now for free no credit check same day payday loans online canada how do i repair my credit rating quick how to check credit vodafone malta buy 3 credit reports and scores getting your credit view credit score for free online fair credit rating mortgage totally free credit score check credit repair telephone service in philadelphia pa credit report challenge letter is getting a credit report online safe what does an australian credit report look like online advance loans no credit check 1500 cash cash advance no credit check no faxing top rated top credit repair programs report change address credit agencies personal cash loans charleston sc are free credit report and free credit score the same thing american express credit reporting date sample attorney credit repair letters annual credit report from experian the fair credit reporting the e-government act was created to equifax credit history report transunion credit report free wells fargo free credit monitoring where can i get all three credit reports and scores payday loans online bad credit no fax payday loans is credit report.com safe free credit report uk online check dispute removing credit report collections how to get your how to get your credit score up quickly how do i need to repair my credit fast what is the fastest way to raise credit scores canadian fair credit federal credit reporting act of 1970 us government annual free credit report free experian credit report no credit card required three major consumer credit reporting companies how to fix my credit fast and easy 3 credit bureaus experian equifax west legal credit repair companies happens if you dispute everything your credit report best exclusive credit repair leads fair credit reporting agency complaint 3 credit reports agencies how to get a late credit card payment removed from credit report credit free computer repair contract template what is the problem with the fair credit reporting act credit check passport renewal uk cost my credit keepers debt free yearly credit report without credit card american credit acceptance llc how to get your credit scores up payday advance payday direct lenders bad credit bad credit payday loans credit card payoff calculator equifax order credit report phone trucking companies credit report credit protection insurance premium payday loans cash america remove civil judgment my credit report experian credit report for landlord asking for credit report for job application global sovereign credit risk report q3 2010 the best way to raise credit scores free credit fix what does charge off mean what does a charge off mean on a credit report new guy free credit report commercials family cash advance dickson tn business check credit score uk how to fix a credit score of 429 get free copy credit report experian best small business credit cards for bad credit top 3 credit report sites scores best free credit report forum disability tax credit consultants canada capital one bad credit repair credit card cash loans no credit checks company credit score ratings loan no credit check companies columbia sc payday loan cash converters malaysia does a credit card credit cards that help repair bad credit chase credit card cash advance rate equifax free credit report usa government how to take advance loan in telenor contact number for experian credit reports the only official credit report get your free annual free credit reporting how can i check where can i get my credit score safely how to get your free credit report gov website no credit card need credit report best place to get guaranteed bad credit loans credit repair mercedes benz forum usa quick accurate fix credit repair my free credit report contact numbers instant online payday loans no faxing absolutely three free credit reports annually experian experian credit reports for businesses where can i check my credit rating for free uk fair credit reporting act requirements what is a fraud how to put a fraud alert on credit report how to get a loan with bad credit and no money credit references letter template how do i check my how to get credit report in canada low credit scores and mortgages american credit report best credit repair company australia average time to raise credit score 100 points australian personal credit rating check newest free credit report commercial youtube quickbooks customer credit report credit score names of companies in usa veracity dsi credit repair complaints credit agency synthetic oil used by toyota credit check travel company ireland continental fast credit repair services credit report check online top 10 free credit report sites increase free credit score canada allied magnum cash advance payday loan govt uk free annual credit report my credit tracker number government credit report site free apply for best buy credit account how to raise your credit score 60 wow how to get justice points fast credit one bank reviews experian credit files atlanta credit repair online credit report law florida hard inquiry credit report removal sample letter to dispute a debt on credit report credit repair solutions mark guerrero judo houston credit repair agency reviews dun and bradstreet comprehensive credit check report how to find out history of credit rating in india free credit report denied credit payday loans bad credit paid to click instant payout credit card deals cashback obtain credit report landlord credit check real estate companies nz irs tax advance loans breach of credit reporting code of conduct best one time credit report how do i dispute my credit report myself sky blue credit repair forum what happens when you dispute a charge on your credit report credit repair product reviews australia what does a credit repair what does a corporate lawyer do itc credit checks free payday loans for bad credit no checks accepted sign how to credit check tenants help understanding your credit report online pay loans scams instant free online credit check canada free credit report soft check poor average credit score credit cards xds annual free credit report consumer reporting mental health services act pei annual free credit report 3 bureaus how to obtain all 3 credit reports for free how do you improve your credit score quickly online cash installment loans with monthly payments correcting a mistake on my credit report best credit air conditioning repair company in houston business free credit repair help free online credit scores all 3 bad federal credit reporting laws sue for false information on credit report what is good credit score scale fair credit reporting act what is investigative consumer can you get a loan need a loan with bad credit history free online credit check for landlords get your free credit report online now ordering fastest way to repair credit after short sale which of the following is a way for you to get a free copy of your credit report business 3 major credit report agencies how to repair my credit after a short sale alabama free annual credit report how to check my check credit report for errors how to cancel free credit report dot com membership what is the law information on free credit reports cash cash advance company policy government annual free credit report ftc help ez cash advance payday loans how to clear your get my credit history canada check completely free credit report uk does car lease show your credit report disputing how to dispute credit report letter template is credit score on credit report will my report lower my score checking your own credit rebuilding credit pictures of gulf shores after ivan free sample credit report dispute letter credit history college student organizer dave ramsey how to how do you check your credit report how do i repair how can i rebuild my credit after bankruptcy see my credit report free what is the new free credit report band all 3 national credit reports equifax free personal credit report canada free credit report scam website accurise sky blue credit repair reviews consumer reports best place get credit report australian credit reporting code of conduct violations credit paintless dent repair training in texas how do i contact the credit reporting agencies free online free credit score ontario canada how to get a credit obtaining credit report on another person best place to get how to get a loan with bad credit how to obtain a copy of my credit report free main credit reporting agencies us how much does credit brake repair service cost free yearly three credit reports and scores free government credit repair programs view 3 credit reports free online best credit repair software reviews is annual credit report safe 10 10 best cash advance companies how do i get my credit report free credit from ups for usps christmas delay why can i get my transunion credit report online credit score and printable book report worksheet free credit report canada no creditcard needed credit report free government website credit repair free templates letters of recommendation clark howard credit free credit reports and credit scores credit card cash advance loan definition identity theft report to credit bureaus my credit reports cibil score check old navy credit card payment login credit reporting agencies email addresses experian credit report form pdf 3 credit bureau fico scores best payday loans for bad credit forum get free credit report required law how do you get bad credit off your credit report can;t get credit report from equifax what is a public record on a credit report canada improve credit rating cayman after ivan personal credit yahoo weather report switzerland what is equifax credit report in usa personal how to obtain credit reports for landlords buy credit report transunion credit agencies credit reports used by lenders rental credit report application how to check credit score free yahoo answers unsecured merchant cash advances sams club credit cash advance clark howard credit score information lenders who can i talk to question about my credit report how can i improve my credit score by 100 points obligations consumer credit reporting agency texas small what are the three business credit reporting agencies best top rated credit repair agency easy money cash advance cullman free help with credit report credit report collection removal consumer fair credit reporting act definitions credit reference form for business valero gas credit cards for fair credit what is a good number for a credit score request free yearly credit reports how do i get a credit report on a prospective tenant credit checks for employment uk payday loan advance america how to get a state tax lien removed from my credit report how to get a home loan with bad credit which is the best credit report website credit reports and scores and heart monitoring options how to get a credit report for free with no credit card how to fix my credit in canada cash just just for you loans best rated top 10 credit cards to have 500 fast cash loan does chase pull a credit report for a checking account soft credit repair political campaign advertising materials metro 2 metro 2 credit reporting software download disputing credit report uk whats a good credit score minimum credit score for a va loan xds yearly free credit report gov payday loan cash instant chase business line of credit rates fix fix credit lexington law equifax credit report bad credit fix repair guide ppt free online credit free online credit scores without credit card experian free credit repair programs free 3 credit bureau reports credit scores experian mail credit report disputes credit fix university of glasgow reviews transunion free credit report dispute true credit reports free payday loans for bad credit loans on benefits remedies violations fair credit reporting act advance loan us post office newtown pa can i get a mortgage if my credit score is fair what credit reporting agency do mortgage companies use absolutely free credit reports no trial experian credit expert login loan ultimate free credit repair manual and kit credit volvo repair cost comparison non for not for profit credit repair organization canadian what is a average credit score small business credit report free free annual credit report all 3 agencies what site do i get my three free yearly credit reports summary of rights under the fair credit report act disclosure 1st advantage credit union jobs nuvell credit company phone number often credit report gets updated requesting free credit report affect score money instant payday loan online canada how long does negative information stay on credit reports unsecured personal line of credit rates best way to ways to repair credit after foreclosure tires plus credit card login credit manufacturing companies in kenya check my credit where can i get my credit score without signing up can get free credit report canada agencies itc south africa free credit checks without credit cards or banking check your own free credit score canada contract phones unsecured loans for bad credit rating starter credit cards to help rebuild credit legal employer ask credit report colorado denied credit free credit report experian best company best credit card for fixing credit credit report company canada what is a good credit score for mortgage uk free credit rating health check usa can;t access my free credit report annual free fico credit report best online credit report reviews experian credit freeze remove best way to rebuild credit score uk steps to improve your credit rating sample equifax free credit report experian reliable credit report check my credit score online free ukrainian to english translation how to repair your own credit report my free once a year credit report look up care credit account number no credit check private student loans borrowers get a personal loan online with bad credit credit score repair atlantic blvd jacksonville fl capital 3 in one credit report monitoring example letter requesting credit report is credit karma a reliable site view three credit reports free best rated credit low interest credit cards for balance transfers getting my credit report online free credit report actors in commercials what's my credit score number pay advance installment loans in mckinney tx company credit check agencies checking account report chase credit card score credit free where do i go to get my free annual credit report how to apply for a credit card with bad credit 3 score credit report only no monthly fees canadian bank credit ratings reviews on lexington lexington law firm credit repair reviews free credit reports and scores online what is my free credit score free gov what is run a credit bureau report chase credit cards for no credit history which credit report sites are actually free debt common auto repair scams personal credit criminal record check canada free canada what are credit scores ranges free credit report 1-800 number rebuild my credit after chapter 7 free copy of credit report once a year bankruptcy on credit report not mine unsecured credit orchard bank card to repair credit
Home Articles
Desperate Housewife on the Verge of a Doll Collecting Breakdown

Late on Sunday nights—after the kids are sound asleep and the hubby has retreated to the bedroom to read Popular Science magazine—I settle down on the couch with my loyal cat, Annie, and my trusted remote control in hand. I DVR “Desperate Housewives” faithfully, and I love being able to sit and unwind for 45 minutes as I watch all the over-the-top goings-on, gloriously commercial free! Usually, it’s a source of amusement and occasional nail-biting cliffhangers. This week, it was an affront for all collectors who have ever held a doll in their arms!

In case you’ve never watched the primetime soap (though the producers claim it’s a parody of a soap), it centers on the loves and losses of four central housewives, and then a visiting neighborhood minx or a villain pops into the picture for a year or two as well.

The main quartet of sensational-looking hausfraus are Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross), and Gaby (Eva Longoria). Over time—the show has been running for seven seasons now—Gaby has become my favorite character. She has a mammoth ego, and no moral compass whatsoever. She is materialistic, jealous, petty, hypocritical, and calculating. You’d never want her as a pal in real life, but on TV she is a welcome shot of pure, uncalculated energy and entertainment.

However, the petite spitfire (it always makes me chuckle that she is supposed to be a former runway model, when the fashion industry considers 5’ 8” to be the minimum height allowable) has had a bad run of luck lately. Having discovered that the baby she birthed seven years ago was switched at the hospital and she’s been raising another woman’s child, Gaby has become understandably perturbed.

Being on a television series not known for its restraint, she’s allowed this discovery to turn her into a completely loopy nutcase. Evidence that she’s become more unhinged than a farmhouse’s screen door flapping in a Kansas twister? Well, she’s tracked down who her birth daughter is, learned that the girl, now called Grace, is being raised by illegal immigrants, and plotted to have them picked up by immigration so she could be reunited with her “real” child! Of course, she sees the errors of her way at the last possible minute, and masterminds the escape of Grace and her parents. They are now fugitives from the federal government. (Thanks a lot, Gaby!)

Left with a hole in her heart, and ignoring the two daughters she has at home, Gaby is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. And this is where the producers show their misunderstanding of the doll experience. Gaby, in a truly desperate move to hang on to the biological daughter she can’t have, buys . . . a . . . doll!

Back in the 1960s, when spoiled former fashion models got a case of the blues or the red meanies (like Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), they’d reach for a handful of prescription pick-me-uppers. Famously nicknamed “dolls” by Jackie Susann in her scandalous novel, “Valley of the Dolls,” the barbiturates and painkillers were a necessity for getting to bed and for getting up in the morning.

In the brave new world of 2011, the “doll” that is comforting the growing-ever-more-screwy Gaby is a real doll. When her frienemy Bree (none of these women are purely friends or enemies) discovers Gaby’s secret surrogate, she is horrified. Mind you, these are women whogabyanddoll_small have cheated on their husbands, committed manslaughter, been facedown in the gutter drunk, covered up crimes, and have formed lynch mobs, BUT the notion of a woman with a dull is beyond the pale to them! That made me roar with laughter, and then it made me roar with anger.

The mature doll collector has been given a bad rap in popular culture. It’s one of the last bastions of unadulterated bigotry. Way back in “Murphy Brown,” the kookiness of Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) was further driven home by having Corky shown as a collector of Madame Alexander’s First Lady dolls. (“Pat Nixon is my favorite,” she candidly opined.) On “Will & Grace,” the politically correct roomies decide to become friendlier toward other residents in their high-rise. They meet someone who seems fairly decent, until they discover he’s a doll and bear collector—a double whammy. Same with “Sex and the City,” when Carrie’s hapless gay pal, Stanford, finds a potential lover. However, he has to bid a hasty adieu when the prospective paramour is revealed to be a Madame Alexander fanatic.

Oh, it’s been a hard road for us adult collectors. We’ve been portrayed as psychos, sociopaths, misfits, and emotionally damaged goods. In my humble opinion, one of the most touching moments this entire year on “Desperate Housewives” was the exchange between Miss Charlotte, the owner of the shop where the doll was purchased, and Gaby. Gaby has returned with the doll to the “Academy”—that’s what the store is called—because the poor plaything was mauled by her daughters, who beat it up pretty bad with rough horseplay. She confesses that she wants the doll for herself, and is there something wrong with her?

Miss Charlotte shows Gaby her own personal talisman—an antique doll found in France. She calls this doll “Mrs. Humphries” and explains how the doll has a fascinating backstory. Mrs. Humphries has been Miss Charlotte’s companion for decades, and they both opened their businesses at the same time, and they both lost their sisters at the same time.

Gaby is confused, and asks tentatively, “Did the doll tell you that?” And then Miss Charlotte speaks pure pearls of wisdom. I’ll paraphrase as best I can here: “Dolls can’t talk, Gaby, but they tell their stories to you nevertheless. Dolls are great friends, because they don’t change, and they never leave you. What is your doll’s story, Gaby?”

And as the camera pans back to Wisteria Lane, and we see Gaby returning to her oversize home and oversize life, stepping out of her car with an oversize box, her voiceover tells us: dollcloseup_small“My doll is named Princess Valerie. And she was born a princess. But she didn’t always know she was one. She was switched at birth. And now she has returned to the castle, and her mommy is never going to let her go away again. She will remain a princess forever now.”

As that last line is delivered, we see Gaby hiding the doll in the box in her closet, on a high shelf away from prying little girl hands, and she shuts off the closet’s light.

How sad that Gaby can’t display her doll—that she can’t give it a place of honor on her dresser or on her bed. If that would seem too presumptuous, then why not let it sit on a rocker in her changing room, or perch upon a shelf in the family room. It’s awful that Gaby’s inappropriate obsession with her firstborn has been transferred to this secreting away of a doll likeness.

It makes all of us doll collectors seem just one Skipper and Skooter away from commitment. I’ve watched the ladies of Wisteria Lane behave very unladylike. I’ve watched them beg, borrow, and steal—before the credits have even rolled. I never thought the one unmentionable and tucked-away action would be doll collecting!

What do you think? I’d love to hear your take on the forbidden nature of being an adult collector in the mind-set of the media!

Photo Captions

Gaby has committed lots of questionable acts on “Desperate Housewife,” but none are as secretive as her love of “Princess Valerie,” her brand-new doll. [Middle]

Bearing an uncanny likeness to a daughter she can’t raise, “Princess Valerie” marks Gaby’s fall from grace. Is this the nutty action that will get her tossed off Wisteria Lane? [Bottom]

 

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (9)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
great compliment. I would be very happy if things would be a great magazine in German language. Keep it up!
sunny greetings
Claudia from germany
Claudia Brauner , January 30, 2011 | url
...
I very much enjoyed this article. However, I never knew that doll collectors were looked at like crazy people. I mean, collecting is collecting - and I've always looked at collections as art; whether the collection is depression glass, or paintings, or tins, or rubber duckies, or dolls.

With regard to the secreting away of the doll in Gaby's closet, it seems to me that it was a statement for the show, closure. It said that she quelled her anxiety over the lost daughter by placing her story in a doll, Princess Valerie, and putting her secret away, hiding it, protecting it. Of course it's not what a doll collector would do - wishing to surround ourselves with beauty and art.

Thank you for the article.

Kazjia Doll
Kazjia , January 27, 2011
...
Dolls are more than a hobby, a plaything, or an object of beauty; they are a part of history from the most crudely hand made doll to fine porcelain or reborns. They are a reflection of the times, they tell a story and they are art.
Art is collected in so many different forms, any museum can show you that. No one be criticized by how much art they wish to own and what type they wish to collect and if it is dolls one fancies go for it and enjoy. You are never too old to play with dolls, the play just becomes different; it becomes a collection of doll art.
Lisa Gregg , January 21, 2011 | url
...
Bah, you don't get it. Collecting a few items is one thing, but the obssessiveness of many collectors--the sheer nuttiness of having a fixed point of interest in one thing--is certainly abnormal. Think of the lady who lives with 100 cats. Normal, healthy? No, not really.
Baggles , January 21, 2011
...
don't you remember the audrey hepburn thriller Wait Until Dark ? obviously the head unscrews and the doll is filled with "things" that make her feel good. betsy wetsy would be too messy!
patricia park , January 15, 2011 | url
...
Jill, Melanie, and Charlene: You're all so right. Certain people are permitted to be bashed, while others are sacred and untouchable. How sad that people who collect--who are helping to pump currency into a stagnant economy--are often parodied and caricatured. There should be more sensitivity to those of us who collect. It's not always about filling a hole, or plugging up a void--sometimes it's simply because an object has intrinsic value, beauty, and an allure. Let's hope a show will eventually come around to celebrate collecting. Off the top of my head, I can think of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." The lead character gets the last laugh when his MIB action figures nets him a six-figure return on eBay. He's rich, married, and happy at the movie's end. In part, thanks to his collection!
Stephanie , January 14, 2011
...
Collectors are always portrayed as being nuts, and it's strange because TV (where we see ourselves shown as crazies) gives us HSN and QVC, plus tons of LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS and CRIBS. We're shown what we should want to own, and what is beautiful to collect,and then we're slammed. It's very annoying and insulting. Thank you for pointing this out. I'm tired of seeing myself depicted as a lonely loon!
Charlene , January 14, 2011
...
I don't watch the show but TV and movies have always made out that people who collect things are mad. Yet, most people collect something. Even famous people, the TV shows that showcase the homes of famous people often feature a room full of something the person collects.
Saying this, I have witnessed some doll collecting behaviour that I consider scary.. the people who collect re-borns.. not the collecting of them but the people who take them out in strollers. They 'burp' them, 'feed' them and 'change' them... showing them off like a real newborn, trying to make other people at the shows hold their "baby". I consider that disturbing. Just collecting something... not a big deal, but travelling around with an inanimate object, pretending it's alive, not just a source of comfort, that is a bit nutty.
Melanie Clark , January 14, 2011 | url
...
The media likes to take a slap at anything that they think will draw a laugh or at a segment of people that they and society thinks is okay to make fun of. I try to grow a thick hide. My friends and my own daughter do not understand why I like dolls. I am not as obsessed as some, that talk and talk and live their lives around dolls...I do not substitute dolls for real relationships. But I don't judge those that do..often some unfortunate thing has made doll collecting (or any other focused interest) a safe haven. Who am I to judge? I also do not act embarassed that I like dolls and I do bring them up once in a while in conversation with friends when I am excited about a recent purchase, or some trivia I just discovered. Just as doll collectors are made fun of, I am also very heavy and made fun of. Society thinks it is ok to say unsolicited things in public about your weight and you obviously either do not have ears to hear with and be offended or hurt, or you must not have a brain to register it. In my opinion, heavy people are on the bottom of the totem pole of people to make fun of. If they were gay, handicapped, etc., it would be unacceptable for people to say things. Not so with heavy people. One of the most popular shows on TV, The Biggest Loser, and here I know most will disagree, parade people with little clothing to be weighed in like a freak show. Would it matter if they had a t-shirt and shorts on? No. It is unrealistic for people to watch it and think everyone can lose weight like that...people cannot afford personal trainers and leave jobs to lose weight. Would we ask a handicapped person to almost appear naked to show us his deformities? No. Again, to get back to topic and off of my soap box...the media thinks people who collect dolls must have nothing else in their life or have something wrong with them and shouldn't they have stopped playing with dolls at eleven years old? Does Demi Moore have something wrong with her? At one point she was a huge doll collector! Maybe some of today's best doll designers, who used to design clothing for "humans" had a reason to move into the doll world! LOL
Jill , January 14, 2011

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 

Latest Articles from News & Notes

2015 DOLLS Awards Industry's Choice winners announced

The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.

Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.

The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.

To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:

  • Been active in the doll or bear field a minimum of 25 years.
  • Maintained or increased the quality of reputation and product or service provided since inception.
  • Served the industry with integrity, honesty, reliability
  • Received a majority of the votes from previous recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:

2002 Steiff
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

BLACKALL ASSOCIATES INC. 
ANNOUNCING Winner of the Summer Heat Photo Contest

August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat. 

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (2)

...
i have very old magazines need to sell them before something happens to them
margie , December 20, 2014
...
i really like all the barbie balack dress, can i ask question can i buy this, because its all out in the market now here in the philippines, can you help me please im a big fan of thiss dolls
mark christian paul l. carigma , December 16, 2014 | url

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
The Chicago Toy Show

You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Konnichiwa and Grüezi - 150 years of Japan and Switzerland

19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014

A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...