From the Editor
As the weather grows cooler and the leaves begin to drift down from the trees, our thoughts turn to the holidays — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and with them, comes the promise of a New Year.
This issue of Doll News celebrates a variety of dolls, events and people. We will look back at highlights from this past summer’s convention, Shared Passions, held in San Antonio, Texas. Mother and daughter, Janet and Kairi Wolf share the fun they had at Fiesta, the Junior Collector Round-Up. Jill Kaar Hanson leads us on a Stroll through the Woods where we revisit in depth one of our special exhibits. Highlights will continue through our winter and spring issues with comprehensive coverage of the ever-popular competitive exhibits and other outstanding special exhibits that made this convention such a success.
For this issue’s cover story, Julie Blewis draws us in to learn about an impressive array of rare and beautiful black bisque dolls. Kathy Monier’s accompanying paper doll, Gabriela Rose, is an artistic delight. Rebekah RA Kaufman introduces us to Bob, a little known Steiff doll. Ann Leis pays a touching tribute to the life and legacy of paper doll artist Tom Tierney. We are grateful to Tom’s niece, Kathy O’Tierney, who gave Doll News the honor of sharing a never-before-published holiday-themed paper doll set with our readers.
Dian Zillner invites us home to the charms of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century lithographed doll houses and their furnishings. Home truly is where the heart is, and we are reminded of this enduring belief through the pages of Marion Buschbom’s magical account of how the fairy tale cottages of Carmel came to be. Lynn Nalven reacquaints us with an important early doll researcher and former editor of Doll News magazine, UFDC charter member — Janet Johl.
AnneLise Wilhelmsen treats us to creative Mix and Match designs for the Sasha doll, and Gael Shults weaves a special story about a fashion dilemma – resolved! Nicki Burley serves lunch stirred in with a little corporate history at the American Girl Place in Los Angeles. Throughout the pages of this issue we visit the west coast, the east coast and even Montana, but in the end we realize there really is no place like home – especially for the holidays. May yours be merry and bright!