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2015 DOLLS Awards Industry's Choice winners announced
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:35

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!

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Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:48

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

 
BLACKALL ASSOCIATES INC. 
ANNOUNCING Winner of the Summer Heat Photo Contest
Written by DOLLS Staff   
Friday, 08 August 2014 20:56

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. 

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The Chicago Toy Show
Written by DOLLS Staff   
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:56

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.

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Konnichiwa and Grüezi - 150 years of Japan and Switzerland
Written by DOLLS Staff   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 21:25

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.

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Zeenie Dollz - Animated Webisode
Written by Hansini and Laxmi Wadhwani   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:10

Zeenie Dollz is a fun and fashionable eco-friendly doll line that teaches girls green ideals, sustainability, and eco-responsibility.

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Adora's "Designed By Kids FOR Kids" Program Taking 2014 Submissions
Written by DOLLS Staff   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:07

Laguna Hills, CA, January 24, 2014 - California-based Company, whose best known for "Spreading Love & Joy", is officially on the search for this year's "Young Designer" for their Designed by Kids FOR Kids program. The program which launched in 2013 selects a "Young Designer" to work alongside Adora's creative team designing an outfit for their 18" Adora Friends® line of dolls. It's another incentive Adora developed to promote their belief that children are creative, intelligent and full of bright ideas.

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Barbie "Rétro-Chic" Exhibit February 11 - September 13, 2014
Written by DOLLS Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:50

Barbie Retro Chic is the exciting new special exhibition at Musée de la Poupée-Paris. It looks at the 1960s fashion style for the most legendary doll in the world – Barbie! Since its inception in 1994, Musée de la Poupée-Paris has been a keen follower of Barbie and over the years has held seven special exhibitions celebrating the unique history of the Barbie doll.

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Interesting Facts About Madame Alexander Dolls
Written by by Brenda Mize, Owner, Beacon's Glow Collectibles   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 16:21

The year 2014 marks the 91st anniversary of Madame Alexander Dolls. Madame Beatrice Alexander, founder of the Alexander Doll Company, was truly a remarkable and honored businesswomen throughout her lifetime. Her enduring company continues to make history. 

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In Memoriam Eloise Goodreau
Written by Jill Jackson   
Friday, 20 December 2013 16:19

Eloise Goodreau died Nov. 7 at the age of 88 in her home in Houston, Texas, surrounded by her family. A memorial was held Nov. 18 in Dallas, but the doll world will sorely miss and long remember Eloise “Mom” Goodreau. 

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