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Always in Fashion
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

A platinum blonde with green eyes, and a banged haircut, “Noveau Dynamite Cissy” wears an appletini green satin dress with a sage green bolero jacket and matching thigh-high boots and purse. Adorned with jewel-toned gold earrings and necklace, this Cissy is so dynamic she could easily blow a hole in your budget.Gorgeous Gowns, Pretty Pinafores, Sleek Suits—Everyone’s a Winner as Alexander Doll Company’s Designers Pull out all the Stops in the Company’s 2006 Line.

When the gals and guys who know which dir­ection hems are heading get together for Fashion Week, they are thrilled to discover new names and outrageous outfits. There’s a heady feeling connected to revealing a never-before-known designer and unusual label. But the fashionistas truly revel in ab­sorbing and applauding the well-known, well-established classics. They clamor for Chanel; give ovations to Oscar de la Renta; and drool over Dior. 

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Transforming Harry Potter
Written by Louise Fletcher   
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00


Thanks to the magic of Robert Tonner, the world’s most famous boy wizard is now a collectible boy doll.

harry-and-his-friendsIn the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling, wizards and witches have several ways to change their appearance. There’s Polyjuice Potion for one; it takes a month to brew, but with it you can transform into someone else. Extremely skilled wizards and witches can learn to become an Animagus, and transfigure at will into an animal form. Alas, we Muggles (that’s nonmagical folk) have no such abilities. To transform, we usually have to rely on the “magic” provided by the local Halloween costume shop. But there is one other way: Follow the yellow brick road up to Hurley, New York, and the Tonner Doll Company. A wizard in his own right, Robert Tonner has the power to turn humans into dolls. Late last year, he unveiled his latest magical transformation— an amazingly lifelike doll of Harry Potter.

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Brand New World
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 01 December 2005 00:00

“Spätzchen” means “little bird” in German and also is used to mean “little girl.” Günzel shares that she likes to use the names of children she knows, “or will borrow my friends’ grandchildren’s names, or sometimes from books and stories I like to read.” The doll, an edition of 250 pieces, is priced at $790.The ever-evolving Hildegard Günzel forges ahead with a new look and a new medium. Her entrée into modern designs sparks excitement.

When Hildegard Günzel began to make an undeniable name for herself in the United States, back in the 1980s, her Germanic-sounding name, with its many syllables and alphabet soup appearance, was a tongue-twisting nightmare. Many folks wondered whether Günzel would anglicize her moniker, reduce its difficulty, and make it easier on the Yankee palate. True to herself and to her origins, Hildegard Günzel maintained that her public would come to embrace her lyrical works and her wordy first and last names. She was right. Today, her name rolls off the tongue; it has become synonymous with excellence, beauty and regality. When collectors talk about dolls that are ethereal and realistic, lovely and refined, they more often than not allude to Günzel.

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The Fashions of Madame Alexander
Written by Kerra Davis   
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 00:00

The Alexander hard plastic “Cinderella” of 1950 came complete with tiara, necklace and bracelet.When it Came to Style, Variety and Quality, No One Did it With Quite the Creative Flair as the Madame!

Just hearing the name of Madame Alexander brings immediate images into the thoughts of doll collectors. “Other” dolls sat side by side in the dime stores and grocery stores of the land, but not the Alexander dolls. By the 1940s and 1950s, they were so exclusive they were displayed in their own glass cases in the doll section of big department stores. These were dolls with the higher price tags. These were dolls made for “looking” … not playing.

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The Wright Way
Written by Dolls Magazine   
Saturday, 01 October 2005 00:00

The Little Children, 1982, were the first R. John Wright child dollsDriven by the Forces of Style, Personality and Talent, John and Susan Wright have Blazed a Stellar Trail in the World of Doll Art

From the very first doll they created in 1976 in a small corner of their modest apartment to the modern masterpieces in felt they produce today in a multi-building production facility, the distinctive works of John and Susan Wright have earned this talented couple a prominent place in the pantheon of doll artists. Their range of work—dolls, bears and animals— make R. John Wright Dolls one of the few companies to effectively bridge the gap between these various fields. And they do it with distinctive style and that hallmark “R. John Wright” look, which discriminating collectors have come to cherish and covet over the years.

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Clothes Make the Vogue Dolls
Written by Judith Izen   
Saturday, 01 October 2005 00:00

Ginny and Jill are ready for school in their gray pleated skirt with matching gray and red check tops, as well as hats (courtesy Chree Kysar).Ginny, Jill, Ginette and the rest of the Vogue doll family show their solidarity—and style sense—by dressing alike. They represent a match made in fashion doll Heaven!

Children in the 1950s loved dressing their eight-inch Ginny in her many outfits.  Riding on the crest of the hard plastic doll wave in the United States, the first Ginny appeared in 1948, and went through several changes in the 1950s. Whether she was a painted eye strung doll, a sleep eye strung doll, a walker, or a bent knee walker, the little sweetie was always marked “VOGUE” on her head and “VOGUE DOLL” on her body (a patent number also appeared on the walking dolls). Even more versatile than her incarnations, were Ginny’s darling outfits. Each year little girls could look forward to Vogue Doll Company’s offerings of Ginny outfits.

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Edith, Encore
Written by Krystyna Poray Goddu   
Thursday, 01 September 2005 00:00

alexander-edithThe Enigmatic Appeal of The Lonely Doll is Renewed by a New Biography of the Book’s Creator and the Alexander Doll Company’s New Edition of the Storybook Character.

Dolls are rarely in the limelight in my upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. So I literally stopped short when, early in the autumn of 2004, I passed one of my favorite bookshops, Ivy’s Books, and saw an old felt doll, a teddy bear and a group of Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll books filling the front window. Peering more closely at the quirky display, I quickly realized its impetus: the publication that month of a biography of Dare Wright by Jean Nathan, which had already been generating press attention in publications like The New York Times and Vogue magazine. Nathan’s book, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll (Henry Holt), sat in an antique birdcage in the center of the display.

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Passport to Adventure
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 01 August 2005 00:00

Since Creedy’s dolls are vinyl and relatively small—13 inches—they effortlessly fit into most pieces of luggage and valises. “Inge” just needs to grab her purse and scarf, and she’s set to go.Wave good-bye to flying solo! Berdine Creedy and Terri Lee stamp collectors’ wanderlust with brand-new travel dolls that are collectible copilots.

When Clint Eastwood strolled on the Red Carpet, on Oscar Night, 2005, his beautiful wife, TV reporter Dina Ruiz Eastwood, held onto his arm and sparkled in her well-tailored gown and tasteful jewelry. Hidden in Eastwood’s other hand, and visible to the discerning eye, was a colorful, comical paper doll. That’s right—Dirty Harry, the Man with No Name, the fellow who has made millions as a macho, silent desperado, carried a paper doll to the Academy Awards ceremony. The cutout figure is Flat Stanley Lambchop and he is part of a national literacy campaign. The two-di­mensional figure has been sent all over the world for the past decade, stacking up frequent flyer miles and encouraging his sponsoring school classes to write essays on his memorable adventures. Eastwood’s second-grade daughter was the “travel agent” who arranged for Stanley’s Hollywood debut— incidentally, Stanley has also visited the Oval Office, ridden on the space shuttle, and has climbed Mount Rainier. Here is one doll that doesn’t like to be boxed in. Not content to sit on a shelf, Flat Stanley is seeing the world, and the world is seeing him.

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It Pays to Advertise
Written by Robert Reed   
Monday, 01 November 2004 00:00

“Sun Sensation Barbie” was a Happy Meals 1992 premium from McDonald’s. …Especially If It’s With Barbie. As the Army of the Advertising Doll Versions Out There Will Attest, This Blonde Bombshell Has Definite Sales Appeal

Barbie, America’s best-selling doll, is also the nation’s best-selling adver­tising doll as well, selling and promoting everything from Avon to Wal-Mart.

The Barbie advertising army is on the march, and it’s not just the endearing March of Dimes. It also extends from shoppers at Bloomingdale’s department store to the athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
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A Glorious Legacy
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 01 October 2004 00:00

alexander-coquettecissyAn Achievement Award Highlights The Alexander Doll Company’s Past, Present and Future.

Popular wisdom has taught us that it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. In the case of Bertha Alexander, born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1895, her final destination was a far cry from the steaming tenements, rickety pushcarts and hardworking immigrants that surrounded her childhood. When she passed away in 1990, she had lived a life full of creativity, ingenuity, accolades and ac­complishments. Married to a supportive husband, Philip Behr­man, and the proud mother of a daughter, Mildred, Bertha had basked in the respect and affection of her family, and of the entire world. For you see, Bertha Behrman was known internationally as Madame Beatrice Alexander.

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