Eyes with Attitude
by Karen Lintala
Karen has been a doll collector for about 40 years. Karen enjoys bisque characters especially googlies, Schoenhuts and cloth dolls. She has been a member of the UFDC crew working at national conventions since 1987. Karen is currently the Chair of Souvenir Distribution at the national conventions. She has one daughter and one grandson. Karen lives in Dublin, Ohio. She is currently, a MAL in Region 12. Karen has recently retired and is planning to travel extensively.
Whose Eyes Are These?
Doll Eye Quiz
by Tish Lehman
Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, with few classmates in a one-room country school, Tish Lehman and her siblings talked for their dolls in squeaky voices in weeks-long improv epics all summer, with three-dimensional dolls for small stories, and paper dolls cut out of catalogues when they needed more characters. Her own collection then ranged from Joyce, her Sun Rubber baby who drank and wet from her fingers (from “fingernail” cutting at age 4) to the elegant “Dollikin” who was her official “last doll” at age 14, supplemented by adopting her sisters’ unwanted babies. In college, she buried poor rotted rubber Joyce and gave all the vinyl dolls to a nursery school, but kept the compo and hard plastic. She was certain she wasn’t a doll collector, because they only like perfect pretty dolls in boxes (right?) but when she found that Effanbee’s Patsy Ann in an antique store fit in her arms just as her own compo Patsy had (before her sister stomped the head in), she succumbed and admitted that dolls still mattered. She joined the Ann Arbor Doll Collectors and UFDC in the 1990s, and has enjoyed buying, repairing, making cloth and paper dolls, learning, and giving presentations about dolls ever since. She has even learned to see the beauty of perfect dolls, although she feels that, like the Velveteen Rabbit, dolls only become real when loved enough. What fascinates her most is the way dolls show how people think about human roles and relationships through time and space.
Tish acquired degrees from the Universities of Nebraska, Texas and Michigan, working in lexicography and in computer systems development at the University of Michigan. Upon retirement, she thought she’d have more time to play with dolls. Not so. Instead she started teaching English and Liberal Arts at Washtenaw Community College and Siene Heights University. Still, a big floppy mask-faced doll is just right to play dead “Ophelia,” “Desdemona” and “Cordelia” on the last day of Shakespeare class.
Valentines for Doll Collectors
by Cynthia E. Musser
Here’s Lookin At You, Kid
Eyes in Hard Plastic Dolls
by Nancy Goldstein
Nancy Goldstein is a Terri Lee collector who has written about “Terri” and other dolls for DOLL NEWS and for “The Daisy Chain,” the Terri Lee newsletter. She authored Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist (University of Michigan Press, 2008) a biography that includes a chapter on the “Patty-Jo” doll and black dolls. Nancy is a member of Ann Arbor Doll Collectors.
Kathé Kruse and the Adorable Wannabes
by Bernice Millman
Bernice is a lifetime resident of Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Maryland Institute of Art. Bernice has been married for 63 years to her husband, Jerry, a retired General Practice Dentist. They have three married children and six grandkids. They live with a rotten, spoiled Wiemariner named Gretchen and a parrot named Sammi.
Bernice is a member of Chesapeake Doll Club, Dollology Club of Washington, D.C., Lady Baltimore Doll Study Club, and the Doll Collectors Club of Great Britain.
She has conducted many seminars and lectures about antique dolls, both locally and nationally as well as leading many Doll Dialogues at UFDC National Conventions. She has mounted several antique doll exhibits, both locally and nationally (one at UFDC National Convention).
Bernice has conducted classes on collecting antique dolls at a local community college and published many articles about antique and collectible dolls in national doll magazines. She says, ”Besides my grandchildren, my most favorite topic of discussion is antique dolls.”
Joel Ellis, An Important Early American Doll & Toy Entrepreneur
by Ivamarie Rideout
Ivamarie has been a member of the Broward County Doll and Collectors since the late 1980s. She has also been a member of the Doll Study Club of Boston since 2000 where she has held the office of Treasurer for 2 terms, one term each as 1st and 2nd VP and as President for 3 years. Ivamarie has attended over 20 UFDC national conventions. At national convention she has volunteered for many years as a clerk, and for the past 6 years, as Chair of Banquet Hosts. She is a certified UFDC Judge with specialties in early wooden and papier mâché dolls. She has presented several programs and seminars about Springfield Dolls at UFDC National Conventions, the New Hampshire Regional Conference and various doll clubs. Currently Ivanarie serves as the President of Doll Collectors of America.
Missouri Dolls of the W.P.A.
by Linda Holderbaum
Linda has served the Executive Director of the Art Center of Battle Creek in Battle Creek, Michigan for the past ten years and previously was the curator there for 12 years. She has been a doll collector since the 1960s along with her sister Rosemary Deal. Her greatest passion has always been ethnic dolls especially Russian dolls and matryoshkas, though she collects all kinds with over 7,000 antique to modern examples in her collection.
Linda was the chairperson of the 1988 “Sojourn to Battle Creek” Region 12 Conference and is a long-time member of the Battle Creek Area Doll Club of Michigan. She is a founding member of the Battle Creek Regional History Museum and consults with other museums in the area.
She has published more than 75 articles in Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Doll Castle News, and Doll News magazines as well as articles in various regional convention journals. She has been a judge for the Fort Wayne Doll Club annual competition for over eight years and a former judge for the Timbertown Dollology Club annual competition. During the past year Linda has returned to research and writing articles as a diversion while helping her husband battle cancer. It has been great to be able to share and enjoy her collection anew.
A Fashion Doll for Two Bucks and a Box Top
by Kathleen Spoon
Kathleen Spoon is currently President of the UFDC Dayton Doll Study Club of Ohio. She started collecting as an adult when her favorite childhood “Barbie” doll, “Solo in the Spotlight,” was reproduced for Barbie’s 35th anniversary. When the Gene doll appeared on the market, embodying the art of fashion and the magic of Hollywood, Kathleen became a devoted collector, specializing in fashion dolls. A writer for advertising agencies and magazines for nearly 40 years, she has been published in Doll World, The Madame Alexander Review, and Contemporary Doll Collector.
Dazzling Competitive Exhibit Award Winners
from the UFDC National Convention 2016
Betty Stewart, always a lover and collector of dolls, she has only recently been involved in her local UFDC doll club – the Fort Collins China Doll Club (celebrating their 50th year in UFDC). She became a member in 2011 after retiring from 25 years as a high school English teacher.
In the five years she has been a member of UFDC, Betty has served four years in officer positions in her club and attended two national conventions. Her collection includes a variety of vintage and modern dolls, but she is interested in dolls of all kinds. She has learned so much from her fellow doll club members and plans to continue researching, studying and writing about the exquisite world of dolls as long as possible.
Kindred Spirits at Heart, The Artists of NIADA
A Special Exhibit at the 2016 UFDC National Convention
by Jill Karr Hanson
Jill has been a frequent contributor to DOLL NEWS. She is particularly interested in artist dolls. Jill has served as President of The Lake County Doll Collectors of Illinois three times and as Region 10 Director from 2005-2008. Jill and Jerry (her husband and resident doll photographer) are currently serving as the Chairs of Helpers for the 2016 National Convention in Washington, D.C.
Kindred Spirits at Work – Advertising Dolls
A Special Exhibit at the 2016 UFDC National Convention
by Victoria Christopherson and Elizabeth Davison, Photographer
My mother encouraged both my doll collecting and my interest in art. As a child she made clothes for my dolls from scraps of fabric that she had used to make my clothes. Many of these I still have, and I remember both the doll outfit and the clothing. She also encouraged my art by giving me positive feedback instead of criticism. I drew my first paper doll at the age of 12. I am currently a member of the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild (OPDAG). My paper dolls are first drawn in pen and ink then color is added using transparent watercolors. It is my hope that having the black and white paper dolls available to he colored by young people will help to encourage the creativity that they need for approaching life skills.
As a UFDC member from Region 11, I am currently the President of the Chesapeake Doll Club of Maryland. I have enjoyed learning more about the history of dolls, doll costuming and doll repair. I also enjoy making my own one-of-a-kind dolls out of cloth and hand carved from basswood and mahogany. I love researching and doing presentations on subjects such as advertising dolls, metal head dolls, celluloid dolls, china head dolls, paper dolls, and Victorian doll costuming. I teach workshops including doll clothing, shoes and accessories plus ornaments made using my paper dolls, fabric and trims.
I have a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and I currently enjoy teaching a watercolor techniques class that includes lessons containing step-by-step illustrations.
Elizabeth B. Davison has been a Professor of Photography for over a decade, teaching at various private and public colleges in the Washington, D.C. area. As a Senior Fellow with Honors, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. So that she could become a professor, she obtained her Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney in Australia. Her personal work has focused upon the interaction of humanity with the environment, and has spanned several continents.
Elizabeth’s love of photography started at the age of 13 and was reinforced by a pivotal figure in her life – her Aunt Victoria Christopherson. From childhood, Davison spent every vacation and holiday with her Aunt and was thereby immersed in a creative environment. She was constantly challenged to express herself in a unique manner, and was given the structure and guidance to do so. She learned how to “smock” dresses for her favorite “Sasha” doll, and how to make custom photographic postcards in a “bathroom darkroom.” This was all because her aunt shared with and instilled in her an incredible passion for art and creativity.
Elizabeth strives to be the amazing aunt to her 11 nieces and nephews that her aunt was to her. Her nieces (Vicky’s grand-nieces) have joined in several local doll club events, loving the experience.
Davison has always appreciated the detail her Aunt has put into her paper doll and hand carved doll artistry, and can see what this represents for the doll artist genre as a whole. She was flattered when asked to collaborate with her aunt by taking photographs of a fascinating exhibit at the 2016 UFDC Convention. She also contributed to the article as she saw that the societal impact of advertising dolls was far more influential than most people would imagine!
Beautiful Inside and Out, Russian Nesting Dolls
Especially for Junior Collectors
by Nicki Burley
As far back as she can remember, Nicki Burley has always had an assortment of books and dolls sitting on her shelves. The dolls ranged from play dolls to display dolls, but her favorites were those with extensive wardrobes. Tiny clothing fascinated her so much that she kept a dresser drawer full of clean and neatly folded dresses, which the dolls themselves didn’t get to wear very often. Inspired by historical novels and armloads of fashion history and sewing books, she taught herself to make dolls and their costumes, moving from one era to another as she read and learned. Sewing became her way to make the past come to life, an enthusiasm she took with her as a teacher of literature, writing, and history.
Her enduring passions are “Bleuette” and “Huret” dolls, which provide her with a wealth of clothing options to sew, as well as experimenting with vintage cloth doll patterns. Her “other” favorite pastime is researching and writing about the history of dolls. She currently serves as President of the Best Little Doll Club of Orange County, and actively promotes doll collecting to the youth in her homeschooling community. Besides teaching others through the last 22 years, she has homeschooled her five children, two of whom are still in high school. Sometimes she daydreams about how much sewing she might get done once they’ve all graduated, but there will still be three spoiled and demanding cats to consider.