|Second Helpings of Wisdom: A banquet of brainy doll talk and witty observations.|
One of the classic scenes from “Miracle on 34th Street”—the skeptical Susan (played by Natalie Wood) has a Noel run-in with a “nice, old gentleman with a beard.” Is he or isn’t he the real Kris Kringle?
Thanksgiving was once again a test of endurance. It’s the one meal a year that separates the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and your waistline from getting easily back into your “skinny jeans.” As always, I loved every morsel while I was savoring it. After counting the number of forkfuls, and then multiplying it by pie (yes, the baked goods, not the mathematical calculation), I realized I probably consumed more in my single sit-down than Kate Moss has in a month. That’s quite disheartening!
However, Thanksgiving is always a fabulous time for catching up on family news, sharing tidbits of gossip, advice, and new year predictions. In between chewing, there was a lot of chatter. So much conversing, in fact, that I have decided to give my “voice” a rest this week. Instead, while I re-energize for the December/Christmas blogs, I have scouted around for some truly inspirational, sensational, and comical quotes about dolls. There are lots of well-known celebrities here, prize-winning poets, and some less-than-household names. Interestingly, some of the folks who aren’t at the top of your recognition list have the most beautiful, insightful observations. I’m sure they’d be happily invited into a dollhouse any day of the week.
It’s teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It’s that simple. Anne Lamott, novelist and nonfiction writer
What joy and happiness you have brought into this world! And no matter what treatment you have received, how patient you have been! What lessons of kindness and fortitude you might teach, could you but talk. . . . No wonder rag dolls are the best beloved! You are so kindly, so patient, so lovable. The more you become torn, tattered, and loose-jointed, the more you are loved by children. Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy
She looks and conducts herself like a debauched rag doll. Kurt Loder, Rolling Stone and MTV reporter describing a Courtney Love concert performance
My love is like one of those wooden Russian nesting dolls. I know, because your heart fits perfectly inside mine. Jarod Kintz, author and humorist
They didn’t have to pay me in dollars. I would have acted just as well if I had gotten armloads of dolls. Natalie Wood, reminiscing on her career as a child star
We can thank feminism for two things: we can enter any field of work we desire, and fatter dolls. Tina Fey, actress/writer/essayist
When I was a little girl, rocking my little dolls, I remember thinking I would be the world’s best mom, and so far I’ve done it. Jenny McCarthy, comedienne, Playboy model, and autism/vaccination activist
This morning, I went to wipe my hands on a tea towel, and while I was using it, it seemed like it felt a bit light. I unfolded it and realized my daughter had cut little bits out of it to make frocks for her dolls! Emma Thompson, Academy Award–winning actress and screenwriter
Now, a doll found naked in a ditch, eyes rusted open, is blasphemy. Deborah Digges, American award-winning poet
I was scared of the dark. Ohhhh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with dolls and teddy bears. Peta Wilson, actress who rose to fame playing the kickass assassin “La Femme Nikita”
Dolls with no little girls around to mind them were sort of creepy under any conditions. Stephen King, master of contemporary horror fiction
I always wanted to do a Callahan doll from “Police Academy.” It would be a speaking doll for parents. She’d go, “Clean up your room. That’s an order. Time for bed . . . right now!” Leslie Easterbrook, curvaceous actress who starred in the comic film franchise
Journalists are always calling my features Edwardian or Victorian—whatever that means. I am small, and people were smaller in those times. I’m pale and sickly-looking. I actually look fragile---like a doll. Helena Bonham Carter, distinguished actress who spent her early career appearing in costume dramas
We were walking down the street in Lucerne and there was a doll—an adult doll with a woman’s body, sitting on a rope swing. . . . I must admit, I always knew that Barbie would be a success. Ruth Handler, Barbie’s inventor and “mom”
Barbie, you and I, we used to play together. It was totally under wraps. It was one of those clandestine relationships I didn’t want anyone to know about. Billy Bush, TV host and entertainment reporter
Barbie is a Pisces, born during the last sign of the zodiac. Like others under the influence of the wide seas, she’s addicted to make-believe, giving up childhood only when she absolutely has to. Denise Duhamel, poet and social observer
When I was really young, my sister and I would create different characters with our Barbie dolls. I’d be the crazy diva Barbie and she’d be the homeless Barbie! Jordana Brewster, actress on “Dallas 2012” reboot, model, onetime fiancée of Derek Jeter
I don’t like being under someone else’s thumb. I’m very supportive of other female artists, especially those trying to make their own statement . . . instead of being someone else’s Barbie doll. Irene Cara, actress/singer who rose to fame in the movie “Fame”
My childhood wasn’t an easy one. There were rough times. I escaped into fantasy. Barbie saved my life. Nicki Minaj, singer/rapper and “American Idol” judge
Barbie is just a doll. Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune columnist
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:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2009 no award presented
2010 Helen Kish
2011 no award presented
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
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.
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.
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.