Fall 2011 Authors

Meet the Authors Who Contributed to this Issue of
DOLL NEWS

Cissy – An American Phenomenon
By A. Glenn Mandeville

A. Glenn Mandeville is regarded among doll collectors as an expert in identifying and appraising modern collectible dolls. He is regularly consulted by thousands of collectors internationally, thus having created a full-time business from his life long hobby of collecting modern dolls. He often lectures and presents programs on collectible and modern dolls, and has evaluated more than $5 million worth of collector dolls.

Well-known as a dealer and appraiser of dolls and toys, Mandeville owns an extensive collection that includes Mattel’s BARBIE dolls, Madame Alexander and celebrity dolls, as well as composition dolls, hard plastic dolls from the 1950′s and contemporary doll artist creations.

Mandeville has authored numerous books published by Hobby House Press, Inc. In 1995 he authored the Alexander Dolls Collector’s Price Guide, the definitive work on evaluating Alexander Doll Company, Inc. dolls.

Mr. Mandeville is founding president of the Delaware Valley Doll Club. He has served as regional director and Chairman of Judges – Modern, for UFDC. The author is past president of the Madame Alexander Doll Club and has served on their board of directors.

Mandeville’s expertise is reflected in his regular television, newspaper and magazine reports on collectible and modern dolls. His column, “For the Curious Collector” is a regular feature in Doll Reader magazine.

Currently residing in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, Mandeville is presently working on more in depth writing projects and can be seen at a wide range of quality doll shows.


Cissy Paper Doll
By Jim Howard

Jim Howard defined the art of fashion illustration during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. His highly admired work graced the advertising campaigns of America’s top department stores, cosmetic companies and advertising agencies. Instantly recognizable, Jim’s style was realistic and yet totally expressionistic, too. Deep, dramatic shadows, meticulous rendering of fabrics, plus an amazing blend of freestyle sketching and careful attention to details made every one of his illustrations into a memorable piece of art.


A Special Program that Almost Wasn’t
By Michael Canadas

Michael Canadas is the co-founder, along with partner David Robinson, of Carmel Doll Shop, an antique doll business which is located in Carmel, California. Michael and David are founding members of the UFDC club, the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group, and are currently the Editors of the UFDC publication DOLL NEWS. Michael has served UFDC by presenting countless seminars at the national and regional level, and together with David, has presented many memorable programs that have made their debut at UFDC functions. In 2005, the two received the UFDC Award of Excellence for a French fashion doll exhibit they staged at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City the previous year. Below is an excerpt fromDOLL NEWS - Fall, 2005:

“…the Award for Exhibit of Dolls was bestowed on two members from Region 2-North this year, Michael Canadas and David Robinson, whose standard of excellence is legendary. An exhibit of dolls for the purpose of study and appreciation can require years of planning. In conjunction with the 2004 UFDC convention, this year’s honorees mounted a magnificent exhibit of French fashion dolls, accessories, clothing and furniture…”

In 2006, the two edited “Tell Me a Story” the souvenir journal for the UFDC’s 57th national convention that was held in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 100th Birthday Daisy!
By Judy Smart

Judith Smart has been collecting antique dolls for over thirty years. She has been an active member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs since 1992, the year a small, but very enthusiastic and energetic group of antique doll collectors established the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group in Carmel, California. Today, Judi serves as the club’s president, after previously serving in every other office except treasurer. Judi appreciates all types of antique dolls, but has a special place in her heart for rare chinas, Door of Hope dolls and Bebe Brus. She loves attending UFDC national conventions and taking part in the competitive exhibits. An accomplished equestrienne, and mother to four Chihuahuas, other interests include travel, historic dance, and acting as a volunteer at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 

 

 

 

 

Gregg Ortiz, Dancer – Artist – Individual
By Bradley Justice

Former Region 8 Director for UFDC, and Curator for the Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, North Carolina, Bradley Justice has devoted most of his adult life to his hobby. Although a lover of antique French fashion dolls and cloth dolls from his home state of North Carolina, he has recently returned to his original passion, the Barbie doll. Bradley has curated three museum exhibits with Barbie as the subject, as well as written and presented many programs on the subject. A founding member of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Doll Club, Bradley is a member of three additional UFDC doll clubs and currently devotes much of his time to his store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Swell Doll Shop, where he deals in vintage and modern dolls and teaches workshops on doll costuming. Bradley was the recipient of the 2008 UFDC Award of Excellence for the Display of Dolls.

 

Good Old Golden Rule Days
By Sherryl Shirran

Sherryl has been a doll collector for over 45 years and has loved dolls all her life. When she was a small child her mother gave her a doll and a washcloth, and watched as young Sherryl spent many happy hours bathing the doll until, one sad day, the poor doll’s face disappeared while she carried out her motherly duties. Of course, Sherryl now realizes her little baby was made of composition.

Sherryl worked in a doll shop for 17 years without pay, gladly exchanging her time in exchange for dolls to add to her collection. She feels blessed to know and to have learned from the most knowledgeable collectors and mentors in the doll world. Sherryl did a guest appearance on the Antique Road Show a few years ago, but when asked to come back for another stint, declined because she doesn’t like to fly and the driving would have been too difficult for her.

Sherryl has a large doll collection, comprised mostly of dolls made in 1940 and earlier. She loves early cloth, papier-mache, German and French characters, and composition characters.

Sherryl is a member of the California Doll Collectors Club, the Schoenhut Collectors Club, the Rose O’Neill Kewpie Club, and the Paper Doll Collectors Club.

Sherryl finds herself blessed with two wonderful children, a loving and generous husband of 55 years, and five fabulous grandchildren who live two houses away from her.


Frau Ilse Lüdecke,
The Doll Artist of Schwetzingen

By Jean Grout

Jean has collected dolls since childhood. In 1974 she became a member of Green Mountain Doll Club of Vermont and the United Federation of Doll Clubs. In 1982 she joined the venerable Doll Collectors of America. Jean has served the UFDC in many capacities, including past Regional Director of Region 15.

Her articles have appeared in the magazines Doll News, Antique Doll Collector and Contemporary Dolls. She has presented many programs at the UFDC National Doll Conventions and has served as Chairman of Monitors, Chairman of Clerks, and Chairman of Highlight Tours. Jean is also certified to judge in the competition rooms.
Her email address, which is vtdollnut@gmail.com, explains her personality to a tee.


Just a Girl with a Dream….
By Lisa Doering

Lisa started college life as a journalism major but switched to interior design. She left art school to work in the costume department of Universal Studios, and then took a position for the Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Lisa was a travel counselor at Walt Disney Studios and a travel manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. She is now a travel agent in a corporate agency by day and a doll dealer by night, sharing an antique doll business with her best friend, Mary Ann Spinelli. Lisa is a diehard foodie and has a passion for design, travel, antique dolls (English woodens in particular), reading and poodles.



Crazy About Boulle
By Swantje Koehler

At the beginning Swantje Koehler was an enthusiastic collector of antique dollshouses. Preparing with others the famous dollhouse exhibition “Traumwelten of the 1950′s” (dreamworlds of the 1950′s) in Bruchsal in 1996 she began the research about German dollhouse makers which resulted in her first book “Lexikon der Puppenstuben” written in cooperation with Marianne Cieslik. Then she started publishing articles in many famous collectors’ magazines using the skills from her university studies in German language and litterature as well as art history and her trainee experiences with a famous German press photographer.

After the discovery of three old catalogues of the Erhard & Shne company full of pictures with antique ormolu dollhouses accessories she founded her own publishing company to make her first book about these metal toys. This book, now is a real “must have” for all antique dollhouse collectors. Her second book is written about the Nuremberg wooden toy company of Christian Hacker and again she luckily found original catalogues and pictures of this company hidden in museum archives. She still writes articles based on profound research in the biggest German collectors’ magazine “Puppenmagazin” and now works on her third book about German dollhouses of the 1950′s.

She has also published a book about the American Goodman House collection. A book about KPM-dolls and another about dollhouse furniture are in preparation.
Meanwhile she has set up her own archive of the German dollhouse production and likes to help collectors in identifying their dollhouses.

She is an overseas member of the “Doll Club of Great Britain” and of the “Dolls House Society” too and of the UDFC. Her website is : www.swantje-koehler-verlag.de



Beyond the Pale
By Paula Olsson

Paula Olsson was born and raised in California and graduated from San Francisco City College with a degree in floristry. She owned and operated a flower business on California’s Monterey Peninsula for twenty-five years. A collector of antiques and art beginning at the age of twelve, she has always had a keen interest in both fields. Paula has written articles for both Doll News, and Antique Doll Collectormagazines. She has been a contributor and stylist for Better Homes and Gardens,Country Living and Country Homes magazines, as well as co-authoring the book“Living With Wicker.” Now semi-retired and residing in Savannah, Georgia, she still helps out her friends at the Carmel Doll Shop with doll shows.



A Magnificent Obsession – My House of Dreams
By Michael Canadas

Michael Canadas is the co-founder, along with partner David Robinson, of Carmel Doll Shop, an antique doll business which is located in Carmel, California. Michael and David are founding members of the UFDC club, the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group, and are currently the Editors of the UFDC publication DOLL NEWS. Michael has served UFDC by presenting countless seminars at the national and regional level, and together with David, has presented many memorable programs that have made their debut at UFDC functions. In 2005, the two received the UFDC Award of Excellence for a French fashion doll exhibit they staged at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City the previous year. Below is an excerpt fromDOLL NEWS - Fall, 2005:

“…the Award for Exhibit of Dolls was bestowed on two members from Region 2-North this year, Michael Canadas and David Robinson, whose standard of excellence is legendary. An exhibit of dolls for the purpose of study and appreciation can require years of planning. In conjunction with the 2004 UFDC convention, this year’s honorees mounted a magnificent exhibit of French fashion dolls, accessories, clothing and furniture…”

In 2006, the two edited “Tell Me a Story” the souvenir journal for the UFDC’s 57th national convention that was held in Dallas, Texas.



Aimee Pattern
By Janet Hollingsworth

Janet Hollingsworth brings experience to her position.  Past DOLL NEWS Editor-in-Chief for the years 1997-98, she is the author of UFDC’s first Club Presidents Manual, Club Presidents Seminar and the Apprentice Judges Manual and Program. Janet has created, presented and published a number of articles and patterns concerning authentic nineteenth-century doll costuming, and acted as editor of the Doll Costumer’s Guild publication. Janet is a member and past president of Verdugo Hills Doll Club, and a founding member of the Heirloom Doll Costumers. In 1998, she received the UFDC Award of Excellence for DOLL NEWS.
Janet continues a forty-six year career with AT&T; leading the technical support staff for their west and southeast region network circuit design.