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The Divine Devereaux Sisters
Written by Nayda Rondon   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

Song of the EveningTonner Doll Co.’s New  Flappers Personify the Freedom and Fun of the Era

Emerging from the bleak reality and sobering horrors of World War I, Americans during the 1920s were bursting with the need to celebrate life. Diversion became the order of the day. Established social mores were shed in favor of fun and frivolity. Rebellion and the desire for change were in the air. Americans—chafing at restrictive social traditions and laws such as Prohibition—became intoxicated with the idea of breaking loose. Jazz music thrilled the ears and stirred the soul; Art Deco reached its zenith; modern appliances and inventions added to leisure time; the automobile brought increased freedom and mobility; women won the right to vote; and social roles were redefined.

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Kish & Co. Collectors Conference & Convention
Written by Carie Ferg   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

helen-kish-niecesDeep in the hub of the Mile High City’s LoDo district sits The Oxford Hotel. Built in 1891, the historic inn showcases turn-of-the-century opulence enhanced by modern amenities. It is, to say the least … nice.

From April 25 to 27, the hotel bustled with the activity brought in by the Kish & Co. Collectors Conference & Convention. The hotel’s Victorian extravagance set the stage for an extended weekend of fine company, food, entertainment, learning opportunities and, of course, dolls. The event, dubbed Twice is Nice, kicked off Friday with store specials and collector interviews, which ran throughout the weekend. There were also workshops on BJD maintenance, artistic footwear, decorating with dolls, sculpting with Helen Kish, glamour photography and the special guest—acclaimed fashion illustrator Jim Howard. The convention picked up full swing at the opening dinner where enthusiastic attendees dressed as their favorite Kish dolls to participate in the theme.

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Bring on the Tiara
Written by Sharon Verbeten   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00


“Elegant” in a ruby red gown with a matching fan, Miss Spain 2008 was formerly a “Café Society® Barbie®.”  All photos courtesy of NiniMomo.A Pageant Theme Inspires NiniMomo’s Barbie® Creations

Long Islanders Nik Moronese and Marie LeBreton may not have taken a conventional path to becoming doll artists. But even though the duo behind NiniMomo took some career detours, their one-of-a-kind (OOAK) designs are a testament that dolls were their true destination. 

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Hitting the Mark
Written by Joshua M. Bernstein   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00
Bollywood actress Integrity Toys' Fabulous Fashion—Collectors Are Going Crazy over the Latest Creations

Instead of scanning the runways for the latest in haute couture, dash to the doll shop and check out the newest luxe looks from Fashion Royalty—the Glamorous Collection, Integrity Toys’ line of cutting-edge fashion dolls.

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2007: A Year to Remember
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 00:00

zawieruszynski-saijin-dollHenry and Zofia Zawieruszynski Reflect on their Five DOLLS Awards of Excellence Nominations, a Culmination of a Life’s Journey from Struggling Immigrants to Successful Entrepreneurs

Songwriter and philosopher John Lennon said it best: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Such a random chain of events led to Henry and Zofia Zawieruszynski trading in their Polish mailing address for a home and business nestled in the American heartland.

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Dance for Joy!
Written by Meg Hunt   
Monday, 24 December 2007 00:00

In addition to her Land of Sweets costume, “Sugar Plum Fairy” will also be available in a romantic long pink tutu, a featured part of the FAO exclusive NYCB trunk set.Poised to be heirloom treasures in-the-making, Tonner Doll Co.’s new creations for the New York City Ballet will capture your hearts this holiday season.

Kissing under the mistletoe…decorating with evergreen wreaths, silver bells and red holly…baking sugar cook­ies…brightly wrapped surprises waiting to be opened… singing carols by a crackling fire… The holiday season is upon us, bring­ing beloved and time-honored traditions, memories and goodies in its festive wake. This year—thanks to a collaboration between the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and the Tonner Doll Co. (TDC) that brings a new ex­pression to a beloved symbol of the season—all good doll collectors (if you’ve been naughty, there’s still hope) can look forward to a delightful gift.

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When Love Turns to Vinyl
Written by Mel Odom   
Sunday, 23 December 2007 00:00

 

mel-loves-marshaA doll designer’s adoration inspires the creation of a new doll.

There she was again—that face. I’d seen her many times, in many different situations and clothes, always playing as if she were someone else, always successfully hiding beneath a glamorous facade. But I always saw through her disguises to the person she really was. I always saw the real Marsha Hunt. Or did I?

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Berdine Creedy: Keepin' it All in the Family...and in the Country
Written by Joshua M Bernstein   
Thursday, 01 November 2007 00:00

aliceDollmaker Berdine Creedy is hoping to charm the American market with her ball-jointed beauties.

The doll world would be devastated if Berdine Creedy spoke differently. “My English is not that great and I have a funny accent,” says the South African teacher, who relocated to Florida in early 1996. “If not for that, I’d still be a school teacher. But the little ones, they can’t take my accent,” she says, laughing. But where some would see sour grapes and disappointment, Creedy has made sweet wine.

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Charmed, I'm Sure
Written by Bethany Raborn   
Thursday, 01 February 2007 00:00

Sculpted by Donna RuBert, “Serenity,” 12 inches (seated), wears a luxurious sateen sea-green dress with an ornately embroidered netting overlay. Embellished by metallic silver thread and tiny seed pearls, the collar and sleeves have lettuce edging. Matching sea-green ballet slippers and a pretty headband complete her ensemble. “Serenity” has short soft-brown hair, handset green-gray eyes and loves the company of her bunny best friend. Charisma Brands Aims to Enchant and Attract with its Line of Play and Display Cuties

The term charisma implies a certain magnetic charm or appeal, which is exactly how many doll enthusiasts regard Charisma Brands. Beginning with the merger of L.L. Knickerbocker and Marian, Charisma made a historic move in 1991 by ap­proaching Marie Osmond to endorse a line of dolls for QVC. Osmond responded by actually designing the line instead, and in 1998, she and her husband and a group of investors bought the company, taking it to a new level. Since then the company has gone through mergers and transitions, but the core remains true to its initial ideals. 

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“My First” Barbie
Written by Kerra Davis   
Friday, 01 December 2006 00:00

Here she is—the original “My First” Barbie from 1980.She Was as Child-Friendly as She Was Cute!

The “‘My First’” Barbie appeared on the doll scene in 1980 or 1981. Her box has the 1980 copy­right date, but that of­ten means the doll was not available for sale until the following year. Whatever the correct date, most mothers agreed it was about time such a Barbie came on the market.

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