Spring 2015 From the Editor
Springtime 150 years ago was a significant one for the United States of America for it was on April 9, 1865 that an agreement was made to end the Civil War. The war had raged for four long years. Beginning in 2011 many sesquicentennial commemorative events have been held in memory of this pivotal time in our nation’s history.
With this issue of Doll News we will take a look back at some dolls that held a special role during that time. Elizabeth Ann Coleman introduces us to the fashionable dolls of the Civil War’s Sanitary Fairs. Jane Ashley gives us a peek at a few of the doll paintings of the Index of American Design, especially those with a war story of their own. Denise Buese relates the tale of the doll that witnessed General Lee and Lt. General Grant’s agreement to end the relentless battles.
Nancy Gustafson brings us a story of a very special doll with a presidential connection, and Jill Kaar Hanson recognizes another 150th anniversary this year in her article about Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the dolls that followed.
Lori Santamaura updates us on the indomitable Rose Percy and a well-deserved award this Sanitary Fair doll received from the American Red Cross. Marcia Woolston reports on a delightful Civil War tea held in Virginia.
Our doll artist columnist, Ann Leis spotlights German doll maker, Annette Hermann. We will pay our final visit to UFDC’s 65th annual convention held in San Antonio last summer, as we eagerly look forward to our upcoming convention in Kansas City this July. AnneLise Wilhelmsen has skillfully woven history with pattern design, again, as she brings us a Candy Striper uniform. Nicki Burley and Lynn Nalven present part two of how to creatively collect as they share insights from leading doll artists of today.
Finally, it is said that when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of you in a way that no other book in your entire life can do. The cover story for this spring issue of Doll News is about the life of a very special author who wrote and illustrated a series of children’s books mid-twentieth century. The doll was named after a Civil War Sanitary Fair doll, Flora McFlimsey. Kathy Mears Monier’s accompanying paper doll, again, does not disappoint.
Miss McFlimsey looks forward to meeting you at the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ 66th annual convention July 16 through July 19, “A Dream Come True,” in Kansas City, Missouri. I, too, hope to see you there.