Marianna’s Gift: The Hands that Heal
by Susan Dossetter
Susan Dossetter has been collecting antique dollhouses, dolls and miniatures since the age of seven. Born in Chicago, Susan’s mother took her on frequent visits to the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms and Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, which inspired her to create tiny worlds in miniature. Susan’s collection has grown to encompass dollhouses as early as the late seventeenth century, and includes examples from many different countries and time periods. Susan lives in San Francisco, and is a UFDC member at large, as her husband and five children keep her extremely busy!
Wonderful World of Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
by Itske and Anthony Stern
Anthony and Itske Stern are retired British Americans, who have a very deep passion for Japan, Japanese people and Japanese crafts. Anthony (Tony) worked in Japan for several years, and at that time they were introduced to the delightful kokeshi dolls after being given two by a good friend. After that, collecting the dolls became an obsession.
They go to Japan every year especially for the doll festivals, where they join in the ceremonies and burning of the dolls. The other collectors and doll makers have become good friends as their Japanese language skills improved.
Itske has been featured in the Japanese newspapers several times and that opened the door for people to give her their unwanted dolls, thus expanding an already large collection. They live in north Dallas and enjoy a very busy retirement with many hobbies including travel. They have given their slide show/talk on the dolls to doll clubs, libraries etc.in Holland, America, England and Tokyo. They have always created much interest.
Alien (Heads) or The Invasion of the (Peg Wooden) Body Snatchers
by Robyn Katz
Robyn is a retired State bureaucrat who lives in a small ranch house in upstate New York with her two cats (actually, the cats own the place but tolerate her as long as she keeps the food bowls filled.) She began collecting dolls as a young child when her parents started buying souvenir dolls for her and her sister in each new country that they visited during their frequent travels. She still has her collection of more than forty foreign dolls as well as all of her childhood dolls from the 1950s and 1960s. These days she focuses on collecting early wooden, papier-mâché, and china dolls (who monopolize the parts of the house not already ruled by the cats.) This is her first article for Doll News.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Family Dolls
by Betty Nett
Betty has written and executed numerous doll and toy exhibits in her role as the former (2005-2014) curator of dolls and toys at Wenham Museum, Wenham Massachusetts.
She has presented two seminars at UFDC national conventions on Edwardian lady dolls and dolls with unique provenances in the Wenham Museum Collection and contributed information on the Wenham Museum Dolls to the UFDC National Convention journal in 2013.
She was Director of UFDC Region 15 from 2004 to 2007, and contributed an article to the 2006 Region 15 convention journal. In 2012 she presented a seminar and mounted an exhibit of dolls at the Wenham Museum, for visitors to the Region 15 Convention.
Betty is a member of the Doll Study Club of Boston and Doll Collectors of America and she has attended all but two national UFDC conventions since her first in 1978.
Betty was one of the consultants on selecting dolls for the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in 2003 for the exhibit “Gifts from the World to the White House; Caroline Kennedy’s Doll Collection” and wrote an article for Doll Reader about the exhibit.
She lives with her husband in Woburn, Massachusetts, where she retired after a 30-year career as an occupational therapist with special needs children. Betty has a degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Boston University.
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Lieberman, Lorna., Gregg, Kenneth and Judy, Wenham Museum collection catalog and archives, 2004.
Coleman, Dorothy S., Elizabeth Ann and Evelyn Jane. The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls Volumes I & II, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1968 & 1986.
Edith Emerson Forbes and William Hathaway Forbes Papers and Additions
Quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Louisa May Alcott, Madame Alexander and the Little Women Dolls
by Pat Burns
Pat Burns has been a member of UFDC for many years. She has served on the Doll News staff as Advertising Manager in the past and she is currently serving as editor of the Madame Alexander Doll Club’s quarterly publication, The Review. Pat was the 1994 MADC Service Award winner. Part of Pat’s extensive collection of Alexander dolls and memorabilia was displayed in the Madame Alexander Doll Museum in New York before the Alexander Doll Company closed its doors to its Harlem location in 2012.
Hepzibah’s Milkmaids – The Dolls of The House of the Seven Gables
by Val Copley with Lorna Lieberman & Laurie McGill
Val Copley was given her first dolls house, a double-fronted mock Tudor Triang at age six, and never really recovered. Learning to sew at the same time as she learned to read and write, which was usual in the 1950s, she just naturally made furnishings for the dolls house, dolls and doll clothes from her earliest years onwards.
Eventually she pursued an art education degree, up to Masters level, taught embroidery and craft skills to adults for many years, and exhibited widely with a number of art textile groups, but recently returned in earnest to her early fascination with dolls.
Studying, designing and making them has in turn led to her current “interest” (interpretation: “obsession”) with carved peg woodens in their myriad forms, and of late the Seven Gables dolls of PK Shillaber.
Val lives in Middle England, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, surrounded by fields and a great many badgers and moles. And weasels.
Lorna Lieberman has been an ardent collector of early dolls for over 40 years and joined UFDC in 1975. In 1973 she fell under the spell of some family dolls that had been gathering dust in an open box high on a closet shelf. She was captivated by their meticulously sewn dresses and accessories. Soon she closed her dress design boutique “Island Fancy” and turned her love of fashion from people to dolls . It was the clothing and tiny accessories that first won her heart.
She has been a program presenter at National and Regional Conventions, Doll Dialogue presenter, Highlight tour guide, Roving judge under Maurine Popp, Luncheon speaker on Miss Columbia’s traveling exhibit, and contributing author of several articles in Doll News and the Souvenir Journals, and a contributor at National’s special exhibit “Dolls with original wardrobes” in Atlanta. She co-chaired the Cloth Doll exhibition at the UFDC National conference Boston.
Lorna is a retired Curator of Dolls at The Wenham Museum and is currently an Honorary Trustee on their Board of Directors; past president and co-Historian of The Doll Collectors of America, Inc. She has conceived and mounted a number of notable doll exhibitions: ” Three Centuries of Christmas Past” (with Agnes Sura) at the Fitchburg Art Museum in MA; Ragtime Two at the Toy and Min. Museum in K.C.(with Estelle Johnston); Ragtime, A Tribute To The Cloth Doll at Wenham Museum; Blue Ribbon Winners–Best of the best (rare dolls loaned by Doll Collectors of America members) at Wenham Museum.
She cherishes her many friendships made through doll collecting and is still excited by research and the hunt for the next wonderful addition to her collection.
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. Laurie has been the editor for Doll Collectors of America’s bi-monthly DCA Bulletin since 2003. Currently she is serving as editor for UFDC’s Doll News magazine.
A Child A Doll A Portrait
by Faye S. Wetherhold
Faye served on the Doll News staff for 23 years. She has continued to be active in The Chesapeake Doll Club of Maryland, serving as the treasurer for years. She continues to attend all of UFDC’s national conventions and offers her services wherever she is needed. When Dr. Barbara Stone was elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of UFDC, she filled in as Director for Region 11 for one year to complete Barbara’s term. Faye served as Region 11’s Director in 1987-1989.
The Art of Technology
by Linda Edward
Linda Edward is a doll lover from Newport, RI. She is a member of the Ida Lewis Doll Club in region 14. Linda is past director of region 14 and a past editor of Doll News. For eighteen years Linda operated the Doll Museum in Newport, R.I., which closed in 2005. She enjoys doll research and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as to Doll News, Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader, Contemporary Doll Collector, and Dolls and many other doll magazines. She is also the author of Cloth Dolls From Ancient To Modern and Doll Values, Antique To Modern 9th Edition, 10th Edition, 11th Edition and 12th Edition. Recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors Through Dolls in 2006, and the 2009 recipient of the UFDC Award of Excellence for Contributions to Doll News, Linda is currently UFDC President.
Painted Perfection – the Story of Susan Fosnot
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.
Go Ahead, Make a Scene! Creative Collecting, Part I
by Nicki Burley
Once upon a time, there was a small brown-haired girl who certainly looked ordinary…but inside, she KNEW she was a princess. She believed with all her heart that you could 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 each day wearing a 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! 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, because 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 happily surrounded by five children, three spoiled cats, many books, and a growing collection of dolls. She still homeschools her youngest children and teaches literature part-time. In odd moments, you can find her making detailed doll clothing for her business, Rose & Wren, at email@example.com.
Joining UFDC a few years ago led to the discovery of another magic world: the world of friendship through dolls. Nicki has met many of her “doll heroes” and has attended both local and national events, often with her daughters in tow, ready to help. She is having a great time sharing what she knows and loves with juniors through research and writing. All children have stories in their hearts, and need dolls with whom to share them!