The Authors

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Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art

by Wm John Hare

Wm John Hare is a Kansas native who currently resides in Bow, New Hampshire. Portions of his youth were spent in southeastern Kansas and northeastern Pennsylvania. A graduate of Coffeyville College and Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, he holds a Master of Science Degree (Library Science, 1970) from the University of Illinois where he studied with Kathryn Luther Henderson, F.W. Lancaster, and Maynard Britchford. Hare also holds a certificate in archival management from the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus. He has been on staff at Coffeyville (Kansas) College and was a reference librarian and college archivist at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. In 1975 Hare became Director of Learning Resources at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, only a few miles from Tasha Tudor’s home in Webster, New Hampshire. He retired from there in 2004. He is a member of local and national library associations. He has conducted genealogical research and maintains an interest in the colonial history of the Northeast and the settlement of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Hare and his wife, Jill, own Cellar Door Books (cellardoorbooks.com), a mail order book business for out-of-print titles, specializing in the works of Tasha Tudor. Their latest catalog is Christmas Card Designs of Tasha Tudor (2012). The John and Jill Hare Tasha Tudor Collection was transferred to the De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011.  There are some 4,000 pieces of research material on the life and art of Tasha Tudor, nee Starling Burgess, at Mississippi. Cellar Door Books publishes a monthly Tasha Tudor Newsletter, delivered at no cost via email. Mr. and Ms. Hare are the parents of three grown children: Jeffrey A., Wm Stott, and Dr. Susan Hare. They have three granddaughters and one grandson.

A list for further reading:

Alcott, L. M., Little Women, World Publishing, 1969
A Round Dozen, Viking Press, 1963
Andersen, H. C., Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, Oxford University Press, first edition, 1945
Bible, And It Was So, Westminster Press, 1958
Burnett, F. H., A Little Princess, J. B. Lippincott Company, first edition, 1963
The Secret Garden, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1962
Davis, Harry and Jay Paul, Tasha Tudor’s Dollhouse: A Lifetime in Miniature, Little, Brown, and Company, 1999
Dorr, Nell, The Golden Key: Enter the Fantasy World of Tasha Tudor, DVD, Cellar Door Books, 2009
Mother and Child, Harper & Brothers, first edition, 1954
Ewing, Juliana Horatia Garry, Jackanapes, Oxford University Press, First Edition edition, 1948
Godden, Rumer, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, The Dolls’ House, Viking Press, 1962
Hare, W. J. and Hare, P. T., Christmas Card Designs of Tasha Tudor, Cellar Door Books, 2012
Tasha Tudor, The Direction of Her Dreams, Oak Knoll Press, 1998
Moore, C. C., The Night Before Christmas, Achille St. Onge, 1962
  &nbso;Rand McNally and Company, 1975
   Little, Brown and Company, 1975
Mother Goose, Oxford University Press, 1944
Reed, Verner, “A Wedding in the Land of Dolls,” Life, September 12, 1955
St. George, Eleanor, Dolls of Three Centuries, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951
The Dolls of Yesterday, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948
Steichen, Edward et al., The Family of Man, Simon & Schuster, first edition, 1955
Tasha Tudor’s Ginger and Pickles Store, 1951  [13 post cards]
Tudor, Bethany, Drawn from New England, A Portrait in Words and Pictures, William Collins, 1979
Tudor, Tasha, A is for Annabelle, Oxford University Press, 1954
Alexander the Gander, Oxford University Press, 1939
Around the Year, Oxford University Press, 1957
Corgiville Fair, William Collins, 1979
The County Fair, Oxford University Press, 1940
The Dolls’ Christmas, Oxford University Press, 1950
Dorcas Porkus, Oxford University Press, 1943
“A Letter with Drawings,” Horn Book Magazine, February 1959, pages 1, 4-5.
Linsey Woolsey, Oxford University Press, 1946
Mouse Mills Catalogue for Spring, The Jenny Wren Press, 1992
Pumpkin Moonshine, Oxford University Press, 1938
Snow Before Christmas, Oxford University Press, October 1941
Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book, World Publishing Company, 1966
A Tale for Easter, Oxford University Press, March 1941
The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales, Platt & Munk, 1961
Tasha Tudor’s Advent Calendar: A Wreath of Days, Philomel Books. 1988
Tasha Tudor’s Seasons of Delight, Philomel Books, 1986
A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays, Rand McNally & Co., 1978

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Early Jumeau Bébés: Part 2

by Becky Ourant

Becky Ourant has pursued a lifelong passion as a doll dealer and collector. She and her husband Andy Ourant operate the Village Doll Shop in Adamstown, Pennsylvania.

 

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My Dear Hitty

by Laurie McGill

Laurie McGill joined UFDC in 1978 and served as Regional 3 Director (2005-2008). On a local level, Laurie is a member of the Dallas Doll Club, serving as its president (2002-2006 and 2012-present). Laurie was the 2008 recipient of the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors.  Her program, The Dixie Doll, was the ReAL Services Audio Visual first place winner in 2004. Laurie was editor for the 2013 UFDC convention souvenir journal, A Capital Affair.  Currently she is serving as editor for UFDC’s Doll News magazine.

 

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A is for Annabelle – the story of a doll

by Mary Senko

Mary started collecting dolls at an early age.  After finding her grandmother’s doll in the attic of her grandmother’s farm house, Mary became determined to learn more about these wonderful old dolls.  Babysitting money was often spent at antique hot spots in her early years, as she learned that dealers would get dolls with estates and other collections. Mary advanced to collecting a variety of German and French dolls, and has spent hours researching and learning more about the wonderful collection that now fills her office, or “doll room” as her family calls it.

Mary is an Institutional Hospital Sales Representative with Cadence Pharmaceuticals and works full time.  She is a member of the Seattle Doll and Toy Collectors Club, and a member of the NW Antique Doll Research Group.  She is actively involved in her community, and is the chairperson for the Rose Percy Event coming up this fall in Seattle on November 1, 2014.  Mary attended college at the University of Idaho, and is an alumnae member of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity.  She is currently the president for the House Association Board for her chapter, and works to support the advancement of her chapter at the University of Idaho.

Mary is married to Mike Senko, and has two daughters and one son. She lives in Mill Creek, Washington.

 

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A Visit to the Coleman Collection

by Laurie McGill

Laurie McGill joined UFDC in 1978 and served as Regional 3 Director (2005-2008). On a local level, Laurie is a member of the Dallas Doll Club, serving as its president (2002-2006 and 2012-present). Laurie was the 2008 recipient of the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors.  Her program, The Dixie Doll, was the ReAL Services Audio Visual first place winner in 2004. Laurie was editor for the 2013 UFDC convention souvenir journal, A Capital Affair.  Currently she is serving as editor for UFDC’s Doll News magazine.

 

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Christine Crocker – The Pastoral Dollmaker

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 – and now Associate Editor – for Doll News.

 

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Capturing the Classics – The Classic Playthings® Collection of Wendy Lawton

by Jill Kaar Hanson

1987 was a very important year in the life of Jill Kaar. She finished Law School, joined UFDC and purchased her first Wendy Lawton doll. In the next twenty-seven years a lot of things changed. She added Hanson to her name by marrying Jerry, and not just because he is a great doll photographer. She was president of her doll club three times and Region 10 Director from 2005-2008, and she added 60-plus more Lawton dolls to her collection. But what didn’t change is her love of Lawton dolls and her dedication to UFDC. Jill & Jerry currently are serving as the Chairmen of Helpers for the 2014 convention in San Antonio.

 

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The Story of Marjorie Tudor

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 – and now Associate Editor – for Doll News.

 

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Behind the Scenes – Regional Director Training

by Vicki Newhouse

Vicki Newhouse is currently serving as Regional 1 Director for UFDC. Her first doll was a jointed composition Kewpie her mother purchased for her at three months of age.  She still has “Mary” with clothing her great-grandmother sent her from Kansas.  French fashion dolls have a special place in Vicki’s heart.  She primarily collects antique dolls but loves Hitty and Bleuette, as well. A quilter, Vicki enjoys sewing, especially for her dolls.

 

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I is for Inspiration

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.

Doll maker Sheryl Williams: sherylwilliams99@yahoo.com

Doll maker Ann Ghist: http://annsdollsandchinaheads.com

Doll maker Margaret Wolfe-Wilson: dollady45@hotmail.com

Bleuette Sewing Club and French Fashion Doll Sewing Club: Yahoo!  Groups

Martha Waterman Nichols: http://www.vintagebleuettes.com/

Tudor family shop: http://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/

Free Bleuette patterns: http://thebleudoor.com/

Turkey Feathers blog: http://turkeyfeathers.typepad.com/turkey_feathers/2012/08/its-tasha-tudor-time.html

Sparrow Post craft: http://www.rookeryramblings.com/2013/02/sparrow-post-valentines.html

 

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Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions

by Donelle Denery & Marsha Hunter

Donelle Denery is a retired Army civilian director whose varied career included software development, environmental management, customer advocacy and organizational effectiveness.  She comes from a family of professional artists and taught antique porcelain reproduction doll making part time for 17 years.   Donelle completed her term as president of Doll Collectors of America in 2013, the oldest doll club in the United States and recently served two years as 2nd Vice President of Doll Study Club of Boston, one of UFDC’s largest clubs.  At UFDC National, she has served two years as Chair of Clerks in the Antique Competitive Exhibit, one year as Chair of Monitors for the Antique Competitive Exhibit and will be the Chair of Judges for the Antique Competitive Exhibit starting in 2014.  Over the years for national and regional conventions she has presented highlight tours, seminars and presentations, chaired and spoken for a luncheon, been a judge in the Antique Competitive Exhibit and assembled two special exhibits in one room in 2013 in Washington, DC (Lettie Lane and Friends and Edwardian Lady Dolls). Over the years, she has published many articles (as author and photographer) for Jones Publishing, Antique Doll Collector, Dolls News as well as the 2013 UFDC Souvenir Journal and created several DVDs about antique dolls.  Her areas of specialty in antique dolls are all-bisque dolls, dolls by Kestner (including a special interest in Daisy, the 1911 Ladies’ Home Journal premium), dolls in original boxes, dolls with original wardrobes and Edwardian lady dolls.

Marsha Hunter is a Library Media Specialist at Duluth High School in Georgia. She is a member of the American Library Association and the International Reading Association. Her most avid hobby is doll collecting, having collected Madame Alexander cloth dolls for over 35 years.  In 1982 she wrote a book, Alexander’s Rag Line, bringing attention to these rare and hard-to-find treasures. Marsha has led seminars and workshops focusing on the knowledge and care of Madame Alexander dolls. She is currently serving as UFDC’s Chair of Judges for the Modern Competitive Exhibit.