Category: Play Dolls

Dianna Effner: Prolific creator influenced a generation of doll artists

The doll world lost one of its brightest lights Oct. 14, 2020. At age 75, Dianna Effner lost her battle against cancer and passed away at her daughter’s home in Rolla, Missouri. An undeniable force in the collectible-dolls arena, Effner was a talented artist, successful businesswoman, and valued mentor.

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Madame Alexander announces partial new lineup for 2021

Since Madame Beatrice Alexander founded the Alexander Doll Company in 1923, the Madame Alexander name has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of dolls for children and collectors alike. Today, the company continues to follow in Madame Alexander’s footsteps in creating quality dolls, and makes that dedication clear in their 2021 catalogue:

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Curious Collector: 1971 Growin’ Hair Barbie

Q: This version of Mattel’s Barbie doll really spoke to me on eBay. I had not heard of this doll and was very happy to have won her. I took her out of the box eventually, because the hair play factor was too hard to resist! I am sure as usual you have more information to tell me.

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