Winter 2013 The Authors
Meet the Authors of the Winter 2013 issue of Doll News
The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927 and the Birth of the Japanese Art Doll
by Alan Scott Pate
Alan Scott Pate is owner of Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls based in St Ignatius, MT. He is a noted authority on antique Japanese dolls and the author of: Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll (Tuttle, 2005), Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo (Tuttle, 2007), and Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats, from Talisman to Pop Icon (Mingei International Museum, 2011). He received his MA from Harvard University in 1990. Visit www.antiquejapanesedolls.com for more information about Japanese Dolls and upcoming publications and Alan Pate’s show and exhibition schedule.
Hair Care Dolls of the 50s!
by Robert Keeter
In 1948, Bob Keeter bought his first doll at the tender age of 4 1/2. His grandmother had given him a nickel to spend at Woolworth’s, and his eye was caught by the little plastic doll that was smiling at him in the store display window. To his dismay, he discovered the doll cost 25 cents, well beyond his financial reach. As the tears began welling up in disappointment, he began to cry (not too loudly, though). The clerk was unsure what to do, and when the manager came over, he leaned over and quietly whispered to the clerk, “Just give him the damn doll and get him out of here!
A UFDC Member at Large, Bob is an eclectic collector, treasuring everything from bisque 1469 Simon Halbig Lady dolls made for SFBJ in 1912, to his specialty: Hair Care Dolls of the 1950s. The Toni Doll first caught his eye when his childhood playmate, Carol, received one for Christmas in 1949. Since he couldn’t have one (his father, the Air Force Captain, would have none of that!), he secretly yearned for a Toni of his own. It would seem that Bob has been searching for “the Perfect Toni” ever since. It could be said that he’s found her many, many times over the years, as he’s had five completely different Toni collections in the 25 years he’s been searching.
The Dolls’ Christmas
by Margaret Kincaid
Sandra Wright Justiss – An Artist of Passions
by Ann M. Leis
Ann M. Leis grew up in Fulton, New York and has loved dolls most of her life. As a child, her best Christmas ever was receiving the Barbie Dream house. She is a member of the 1st Houston Doll club and is an avid collector of both antique and modern dolls.
Over the years, Ann has volunteered for a variety of school and civic organizations.
She was President for both high school Band and Choir Booster clubs and held numerous roles within each group. Presently, Ann enjoys volunteering at her consignment shop for the Charity Guild of Catholic Women.
Ann holds a B.S.N in Nursing from Arizona State University and has worked as a surgical, school and recovery room nurse. She does a lot of traveling to help her family and likes to cook, Quilt and read. Ann enjoys Jazzercise, Yoga, Swimming and Tennis and has even learned to like Football. Ann had three awesome kids pursuing goals in Marketing, Musical Theater and Engineering and has a wonderful husband who goes along with all of her crazy ideas. She is thrilled to be a free lance writer for Doll News and wants to thank Laurie and Nina for all their encouragement and support.
Window in Time: The Nunan Collection
by Jennifer Craft-Hurst
Jennifer Craft-Hurst has been collecting dolls since she was a little girl. The daughter of Antique-Collector parents, she has kept her dolls “mint-in-box” from the age of six. Her current passion includes Antique French Bisque and Lenci dolls. She resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and their 5 year old daughter and is a member of the Valley of the Sun Doll Club. Jennifer works as an Advertising Account Executive and Writer for Raising Arizona Kids magazine. She has also published numerous articles for Antique Doll Collector magazine. This is her first publication for Doll News.
Elements of Style – French Bébé Costumes of the Early 1880s
by Dale Rensing
“The time in which you live is as relative as anything else”; at least, that’s Dale’s philosophy. Surrounding herself with antiques and fine reproductions, she’s pretty sure she could take a tip from Christopher Reeves, and transport herself back in time, as he did in the movie “Somewhere In Time”. All it takes is a great deal of research, a few perfect acquisitions, some sewing skills, and a little bit of imagination.
Luckily, Dale has been able to avail herself of these, creating for herself a world in which her antique dolls feel right at home and her reproductions blend in. Taught to sew by her grandmother, Dale was given a unique opportunity to start her own business, Ages Designs, when Paule Fox offered to sell her pattern business in 2008. Dale now sells patterns, through her website www.agesdesigns.com, to create beautiful Victorian outfits, as well as one-of-a-kind creations made of silk and antique lace.
A member of the Doll Study Club of Boston, Dale lives with her husband and son in Sterling, Massachusetts, where Butterick Patterns was founded. After working as a writer and marketing manager for over 20 years in the high-tech industry, she left to care for her family and pursue a career in children’s literature.
While costuming dolls is fairly new to her, Dale has long been involved with period clothing, collecting vintage pieces and participating in Victorian re-enactments. She loves how dancing at a “Victorian Ball” helps to transport her back to a time in which she feels just as comfortable as she does typing at her computer, writing stories. Her first book, “Jewel of the Opera Garnier” was just released in October 2012, and tells the story of a little girl in 1890s Paris who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Inspired by the imaginary life of one of her dolls, Dale hopes that the book will help bring the past to life for a new generation.
In the Style of…A Conversation about the Dolls and Miniatures of Robin Thompson
by Jill Kaar Hanson
My name is Jill Kaar Hanson and I started collecting dolls when I was four years old. I am married to Jerry Hanson and we are both members of the Lake County Doll Collectors of Illinois. The club is 26 years old and I am a Charter member and am currently Club President.
Jerry and I work as a team creating Doll Programs and writing articles. I have produced three programs for UFDC, two of which took the top prize for the year they were entered at convention.
I have attended about 20 National Conventions and served as a monitor, hostess, judge, speaker and presented Special Exhibits. Jerry and I are currently serving as Helper Room Chairmen. I served as Region 10 Director from 2005 to 2008.
Adventurous, Unstoppable Hitty
by Nicki Burley
Once upon a time, there was a small brown-eyed girl with curly brown hair, who certainly looked ordinary…but inside, she KNEW she was a princess. She believed with all her heart that you could always tell a princess by her clothing, so she decided to wear a long dress to kindergarten every day. Her mother was relieved that the princess was willing to go to school at all, so when she marched out the door carrying a lunch bag and backpack and wearing yet another long cotton print nightgown, her mother just smiled and waved.
When the little girl learned to read and write, a new world of magic appeared. There were more stories in the world than her father could read in a hundred nights! She told stories to her patient dog, and she told them to her dolls. Though she eventually stopped wearing nightgowns to school, she never outgrew her love of books or dolls. She spent many blissful weekends at the library, reading all kinds of books: novels and poems, and books on dolls, costume, old houses, miniatures, history, art, or needlework. One book on a subject always opened the door to many more.
Now that she is all grown up, Nicki Burley and her husband find themselves in a cozy home about 5 miles from where they grew up, happily surrounded by five children, some cats and birds, lots and lots of books, and a growing collection of dolls. Her youngest two children are homeschooled, and she teaches English literature part-time. An early pen name she invented, “Jessica Rose Wren,” has recently led to the name of her business, Rose & Wren, which offers finely detailed handmade doll clothing. You can find her on the web at www.zhibit.biz/roseandwren.
Joining UFDC just a few years ago led to the discovery of yet another magic world: the world of friendship through dolls. Nicki has met many of her early “doll heroes,” and has attended both local and national events. After taking her daughters along to help at several events, she realized how much children would enjoy learning more about dolls and having events geared just for them. In her own region, she plans to help coordinate several young collector events this year. She is thrilled to be writing again, but she is especially excited to share what she knows and what she loves with children. All children have stories in their hearts, and need dolls with whom to share them.
Baby Cakes – UFDC Junior Collectors Tea New Orleans 2012
by Jeri Robinson and Cheryl Brown-Greene
Cheryl is an elementary school teacher and has hosted a junior collector club, the “Bumblebees” at her school for several years. Our club sponsors the “Bumblebees”, 24 girls ranging in age from 5-12 ( Grades K2-5) Their monthly meetings include: doll study, show and tell, and a related craft. They also participate in community service projects. For the past two years they have prepared care packages for the troops personalized with letters and paper dolls. Several times during the year, they receive small dolls or other doll related items to add to their collections. In June, they end their year with a tea, sponsored and co-hosted by members of Black Gold. In addition, Black Gold has hosted several doll and teddy tea parties for local children and has annual Doll Day for families at one of our branch libraries. Cheryl has collected ever since she can remember, She has a varied collection but has travelled extensively and a large component of her collection are international dolls. She also has an extensive collection of historical and celebrity dolls which she uses in her teaching.
I (Jeri) am the VP of Education and Family Learning at the Boston Children’s Museum. We are one of only 4 children’s museums that have significant collections (over 40,000 cultural and natural history 40,000 objects including a significant number of dolls, including “Miss Kyoto” one of the Japanese Friendship dolls, Victorian doll clothes and dollhouses). Due to limited resources, most of our collections are not on display, although we have recently installed some of our spectacular dollhouses. I also am a member of the UDFDC Collections committee. I have collected dolls since early childhood ( still have my first Ginny and Tiny Tears dolls, in very played-with condition). My collection has a bit of everything, but focuses on Black and other ethnic dolls from the 1950s to the present. In addition to the dolls, I love to give tea parties, and have hosted several Teas with book authors for junior collectors at my home and the museum.