Spring 2012 The Authors

Dancer on Wings: Prima Ballerina Marie Taglioni

by Denise Buese


Denise Buese’s introduction to antique dolls occurred in 1975, when her grandmother presented her with a well-loved A.M. 390, and that was all it took to be hooked. When Denise stopped playing with dolls at the age of 12, she began sewing clothes for her sister’s Barbies, which is really still playing.
Denise has been a member of Verdugo Hills Doll Club since 1992, and has held the position of treasurer for two terms. After earning a BSN in nursing, she worked in NICU and OR before stopping to raise a family of two boys, one of whom is now in college and the other in high school. Happily, she is now freer to indulge her love of sewing for dolls, and is honing her skills at pattern making. Denise’s collection is comprised of mostly French bebes and poupees, but she is interested in learning about other types. In her spare time, Denise enjoys studying the Tudor age and it’s fascinating characters, and when she isn’t sewing, you can usually find her entrenched in a good book.

Bibliography for Marie Taglioni Paper Doll Article


Celebrating our Blue Ribbon Winners

by Susan Dossetter

Susan Dossetter has been collecting antique dollhouses, dolls and miniatures since the age of seven. Born in Chicago, Susan’s mother took her on frequent visits to the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms and Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, which inspired her to create tiny worlds in miniature. Susan’s collection has grown to encompass dollhouses as early as the late seventeenth century, and includes examples from many different countries and time periods. Susan lives in San Francisco, and is a UFDC member at large, as her husband and five children keep her extremely busy!


Bleuette… An Enduring Friendship

by Barbara Hilliker

Member of UFDC, 23 years; currently member and secretary of Southern Oregon Doll Collectors. Author of three reference books on dolls, numerous articles in Doll News, and other doll magazines. Editor of Annual Book for NIADA, twice Editor and Publisher of two Bleuette newsletters for over 11 years. Program, Workshop, and Dynamic Dialogue presenter at UFDC regional and national conferences. Originator of the “Bleuette Retreats,” with her husband, Jack. Past Director of Special Projects for UFDC for four years. UFDC Antique Doll Competition Judge.


Goldberger: A Pioneer Dollmaker Lives On

by Don Jensen

A frequent contributor to DOLL NEWS, Don Jensen is a historian, author of two doll reference volumes and editor of a third, a freelance magazine writer and columnist for more than 40 years, a former radio broadcaster, a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years, now retired. His articles have appeared in doll magazines for 20 years, including DOLL READER, ANTIQUE DOLL COLLECTOR and others. He is, with his wife and partner, Arlene, co-recipient of the UFDC 1998 Award of Merit for Contributions to Doll News for their service as DOLL NEWS Assistant Editors-Modern. He is the recipient of the “Cathy Lifetime Achievement Award” from Modern Doll Collectors. With Arlene, they write a regular column, DOLL TALK in DOLL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE They have served the UFDC convention as co-chairs of the Modern Competitive Exhibits for four years, and as co-chairs of the Modern Highlight tours for two terms, and he has been chairman of the UFDC Nominating Committee. Don is a modern doll judge at UFDC nationals and has served as chief judge in UFDC regional competition. He has presented many programs and seminars at UFDC national and regional events. His special interest and expertise is in American dolls from 1900, especially Horsman and Effanbee, plus advertising, celebrity and cartoon character types.


Floyd Bell, Master of Wood

by Ann Leis


Visiting with the Hurfords

by Samy Odin

Exquisite Ephemera

by Samy Odin

Samy Odin was born in Torre Pellice, Italy, in 1965. He holds masters degrees in French Language and Literature from the University of Turin and the University of Lyon, and is the founder and present owner and director of the Musee de la Poupee-Paris. Samy is the author of several books about antique dolls, as well as articles in doll magazines such as Doll News, Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Geppetto, Gildebrief, La Bacchetta Magica, Collections and Ours et Poupees.
Samy has been a member of UFDC since 1994 and has attended national conventions since 1999, volunteering as a program presenter, giving seminars and dynamic dialogues, setting up special exhibits, contributing a souvenir journal in 2003, running a sales table both in the salesroom and at Publisher’s Preview, and speaking for special meal events. In addition, Samy has been judging in the antique competitive exhibits since 2001. He received a UFDC Award of Excellence in 2010. Presently, Samy is running for regional director of Region 16 for a 2011-2014 term.


Not Just Another Pretty Face, But an Awesome Collection

by Cynthia Orgeron

Doll collector over 38 years, started collecting for my daughter, Ha-ha!
Began making porcelain dolls around the same time, for wholesale and retail markets. I teach a doll making class in my home one day a week. We do porcelain dolls, costuming (they love hats), and solve the problems of the world.
I began doing conservator type doll repair about 35 years ago, working on most doll types and costumes.
I am a doll vendor doing about 12 – 15 shows a year, mostly in the south. I will be one of the few vendors at the Rose Percy event in Milwaukee.
I also do doll appraising.
I have been a member of UFDC for close to 40 years. I have served as Region 7 Director twice. I have won the UFDC Award of Excellence twice; 1996 Preservation & Protection of Dolls & 2004 Philanthropic Endeavors Through Dolls.
At UFDC National Conventions, I have served as Monitor Chair for Modern Dolls, Chairman of Host & Hostesses plus Signage, narrator for doll dialogues, served as Antique Competitive Judge, Chaired many meal events, given workshops, & donated many helpers over the years.
At UFDC Regional conferences, I have served as judge in both antique and modern, given doll dialogues and workshops, clerked and monitored, chaired meal events.
As you can see dolls and doll collecting takes up most of my life. I am fortunate my husband enjoys this hobby, too.
We are entering into our new venture, Louisiana Doll Tours, which you helped with our first add. We are hoping this will help financially in our retirement, keep us playing dolls ourselves, and sharing the experience with other doll lovers.

Bibliography for Not Just Another Pretty Face

1. UFDC Region 7 Journal, “Bebe Louisiane,” November 1984, pp. 42-49.

2. Smithsonian, December, 1991, pp. 100-105


Alta Moda, 60s High Fashion from Italy

by Ian Price

Ian Price’s day job is running Price Watkins Media, a graphic design consultancy in San Francisco, with a sideline in writing and photography. He’s especially interested in mid-20th century collecting but is not averse to adding anything shiny, bright, and new.


A Day With Bleuette – Paper Doll

by Gael Shults

Growing up in Gainesville Florida, Gael Shults began her university art education at the U of F, and had previously to that, begun to sell original works locally. Her mother was an artisan and her father an architect, both of whom encouraged her in this field of interest. Gael has continued to sell her original works, which have been exhibited in arts festivals, galleries and museums over the years. Additionally a prominent catalog company sold a set of her limited edition prints, distributing them throughout the US, Canada and Japan. Her early attraction to dolls and her mother’s love of sewing stimulated a life-long interest in both creating and costuming dolls. Designing paper dolls has always been a part of this creative process. Gael, who originally had a difficult time deciding whether to major in art or music has in the end, divided her time between both fields, as well as dabbling in the art of writing, including several works for youth and songwriting. She has won a variety of awards including multiple honors on the local level for her oil paintings, doll making and music. On the international level she has taken grand prizes and first place awards in choir direction and paper doll illustration. Gael has always been greatly energized by teaching the arts to children and has greatly enjoyed directing this award winning children’s choir for nearly ten years. On the hobby level, she loves studying history, especially when it pertains to antique fabrics and dolls, and has become an avid, if not obsessive collector of both.

Gael currently resides in American Fork Utah where she and her husband Tom are winding up their parenting career by raising their two wonderful teenage boys, A few dolls who think they are people, two spotted house cats who think they are gods, and the cutest mini schnauzer puppy ever born. She says that she is beginning to understand why old people treat their pets like babies and currently takes joy in costuming dolls, the puppy and their delightful smattering of grandchildren, usually in that order! The little ones are learning to love dolls just like Nana Gael, and she very much enjoys the fact that their older married children live close by, so that she can pass on this appreciation of dolls to the next generation.


Carving Hitty in the South

by Jill St. Clair Sturgeon


Un Jour Avec Bleuette Pattern Supplement

by AnneLise Wilhelmsen


Materials List

AnneLise Wilhelmsen is an avid doll costumer and researcher. Her love for history was a gift from her father, who narrated their epic family vacations like National Geographic specials. Her sometimes embarrassing habit of playing dolls like a child is her mother’s fault. It began one rainy day when she was seven or eight and had driven her mother to tears for want of something to do. In desperation, her mother climbed the stairs to the attic and returned with her childhood doll and its trunk full of hand sewn dresses. She was never the same again.
AnneLise has a M.A. in Textiles and Design, and has worked in advertising and interior design. She lives with her unbelievably wonderful husband, two teenaged sons, and a sarcastic old cat named Simon. She’s still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.
In the meantime she collects dolls and antique textiles, and uses each as an excuse for the other. Winning two blue ribbons for costuming at last year’s UFDC convention has only encouraged this bad behavior.
When she’s in a good mood, and willing to share, she sells sewing kits, fabrics and trims on her Londonberries website, alongside her patterns and hand crafted miniatures. But most of the time she hordes her antique treasures so she can spoil her own dolls, and those of her costuming clients, beyond all good reason. It’s her very favorite thing to do.
AnneLise is currently working on at least a zillion projects, including several children’s books. She drinks gallons of coffee, and won’t be slowing down any time soon in spite of her husband’s best efforts to lure her away from her work with fine cabernet and his lovely German accent. She has no free time to speak of and wouldn’t have it any other way. She can often be found in the wee hours of the morning snoring on the big red sofa, with a needle in her hand and the cat curled up between her feet. The wine and her age have absolutely nothing to do with this.