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There She Is...Miss America!
Written by Robert Tonner   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

With her impeccable gown, lady-like long gloves and perfectly coiffed hair, “Miss America-1960s” is the personification of feminine elegance and glamour. The dressed doll, which is priced at $149.99, is limited to 500 pieces. Meant to Represent the Crème de la Crème of Feminine Ideals, these Lovely Dolls are all Winners

In my 25 years of doll collecting, I continue to be inspired and fascinated by the way other collectors focus on different areas and sub areas when building their doll collections. Take, for instance, the Barbie collector whose interest is only Skipper or Midge, or the Shirley Temple lover who will only collect the exceedingly rare compo versions of the dolls. As I delved into my research for our Miss America doll, I was delighted to discover a new (for me) collection, full of nuance and the “thrill of the chase”–the Miss America doll.

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Living the Life of Riley
Written by Meredith Matthews   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

As affordable as she is cute, the basic vinyl Riley costs about $96.With her new eight-inch doll, Helen Kish is discovering that huge success sometimes comes in tiny packages!

Anyone who thinks bigger is better obviously is not familiar with the work of Helen Kish. The doll artist, owner of Kish & Company, is well known for her richly detailed one-of-a-kind pieces, limited editions, and dolls she’s designed for com­panies like Dakin and Pleasant Company. Lately, though, she’s been reaping enormous re­wards from downsizing, both in art and life.

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R. John Wright, The Art of Toys
Written by Krystyna Poray Goddu   
Thursday, 01 July 2004 00:00

Dating circa 1983, “Timothy & Rosemary” were from the Wrights’ Babes in Toyland series. Limited to 50 each, the all-felt pieces are 17 inches and fully jointed.Exclusive Book Excerpt

The authorized history of R. John Wright Dolls, this new book is the definitive full-color reference to the works produced by the company. Rooted in the tradition of early toy makers such as Steiff, Lenci and Käthe Kruse, R. John Wright Dolls’ playful and exquisitely crafted figures are recognized throughout the world for their unprecedented level of workmanship and technical sophistication. Krystyna Poray Goddu, noted doll expert and founding editor of DOLLS, has written a dual biography of John and Susan Wright, as well as a collection of critical essays that discuss the development and importance of significant creations, and place them in the context of toy history.

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A Perfect Pairing
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Sunday, 01 February 2004 00:00

alexander-anna-kareninaWith All the Passion of Their Russian Souls, Alexander and Marina Royzman Make Beautiful Dolls Together.

Back in 1967–the “summer of love”–the Beatles were asked to contribute a song for a televised Our World concert. Surrounded by balloons and heart-shaped signs, Lennon and McCartney harmonized and rhapsodized how “All You Need is Love.” The performance, which was broadcast globally into villages and valleys, tried to lay the groundwork for international peace and understanding. In Russia, in the town of Odessa, two young people were deeply affected by the Liverpool lads’ urgings. Young Alexander and schoolgirl Marina were touched by the singers’ refrain of love as a potent healing tool.

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Dressed For Summer Fun
Written by Linda C. Mindel   
Friday, 01 August 2003 00:00

alexander-cissyThe Extensive Summer Wardrobe Created by Madame Alexander Represents Some of the Loveliest and Most Fashionable Doll Clothing of the 1950s.

The 1950s were nostalgic times of peace and tran­quility in America. World War II and the Korean War were over and millions of Americans married and moved into houses in new suburbia. Rock and roll was infiltrating the teen­age population and clothing, especially for women, became highly fashionable, often mimicking the haute couture of French designers. Whether for school or church, little girls always wore dresses, and like their moms, they add­ed accessories such as white gloves, hats and dress shoes. Stores like Marshall Field’s even sold matching mother-daughter dresses so that little girls could feel as elegantly well-dressed as their moms.

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Sitting Pretty With Tiny Kitty
Written by Louise Fecher   
Friday, 01 August 2003 00:00

The “Bridal Bliss” hatbox set sells for $140.Robert Tonner’s Diminutive New Doll Has Caught on in a Big Way.

Good things come in small packages. Less is more. We’re all familiar with the clichés that teach us that, well, bigger is not always better! If you need further proof that small is best, here it–rather, here she–is! Tiny Kitty Collier, the latest fashion doll from the Tonner Doll Company, is pretty and poseable, yet small enough to sit in your hand.  Just ten inches tall, the little looker is Robert Tonner’s smallest fashion doll to date. Tiny, yes, but not short on style: Tiny Kitty boasts a wardrobe that any fashion doll would covet. Unlike her larger cousins, however, Tiny Kitty has a magical, sprite-like quality that makes her most en­dearing. Think Tinker Bell in haute couture, and you pretty much have the picture.  

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Barbie: A Model Citizen
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 July 2003 00:00

Clad in a lavender gown, with a rhinestone brooch that denotes the year, “Barbie 2003” is the latest answer to “What is glamorous?” Designed by Sharon Zuckerman, the doll sells for $49.95Clothes Make the Woman, and These Seven Professionals Make the Clothes

Doll connoisseurs know that Barbie evolved from a saucy German “cousin” spotted by a vacationing Ruth Handler, the doll's creator, but even though we recognize her roots are European and acrylic, to boot, she still seems like an honest-to-goodness, flesh-and-blood American gal.

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Ninay, The First Filipino Doll
Written by Dino Manrique   
Saturday, 01 February 2003 00:00

Señora Doña Ninay is available for $900.Billed as the Filipino Barbie, This Debut Fashion Doll is an Exciting New Face and Personality on the Doll Scene

Patis Tesoro is well known in the Philippines for her indigenous fashion designs, and more importantly, for almost single-handedly reviving dying local textile and fashion industries, such as the production of piña and abaca cloths, and natural dyeing. Last July, she added another feather to her cap when she, and business partner Guia Gomez, officially launched “Ninay, The First Filipino Doll.”

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A Lifetime of Achievement
Written by Mari Rich   
Wednesday, 01 January 2003 00:00

In the early 1980s, Günzel allowed Mathias Wanke, of M. Wanke GmbH, to issue molds of her dolls so that hobbyists could reproduce their own versions. “Helga” is one of these early molds, which are no longer available.A Grande Dame of the Doll World is Honored for her Work

It was the 1970s,” Hildegard Günzel reminisces, “and I was determined that my oldest son, Kai, would not grow up with the usual gender stereotypes. I wanted to raise him to be a nurturing, peaceful man.”

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Good-bye to Barbie's "Mom"
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 01 August 2002 00:00

Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie, passed away on April 27, 2002, at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 85. From that fateful moment in 1959 when Ruth unveiled a curvaceous, adult doll to a conservative public who didn’t quite know what to make of the “toy,” this enterprising woman had guaranteed herself a spot in the annals of popular culture. It is hard today to understand just how unsettling Barbie must have seemed to mothers and fathers of the time. This is back before adult collectors embraced Barbie as their own mascot; this was in the days when dolls were for little girls, and little girls were destined for babies and domesticity. Ruth Handler changed all that.

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