2081 Sandover Ct
Columbus, OH 43220-3072
UFDC Corporate Office
DOLL NEWS EDITOR – Cynthia Musser
Modern, antique, collectible, artist or paper–Cynthia collects all types of dolls, large or small, and everything associated with them from old photographs to toy dishes and miniature furniture and accessories.
Cynthia, the current Doll News Editor, joined the United Federation of Doll Clubs in 1972. Previously, Cynthia has served as Doll News Editor for more than eight years. Cynthia also served as the magazine’s Advertising Manager from 1983-85. She received the Award of Excellence for Contributions to Doll News in 1995. Cynthia served as UFDC Public Relations Coordinator from 1989-93 and Chair of the UFDC Nominating Committee during 1992-93. Cynthia has coordinated many UFDC convention meal events as well as having served as a judge for the antique competitive exhibit at many UFDC conventions. In 1999 she edited the UFDC 50th Anniversary Book and in 2008, the UFDC Convention Souvenir Journal.
She is a member of Olentangy Valley Doll Collectors’ Club and a former member of Ohio Valley Doll Collectors’ Club. She has served on a number of committees for both clubs. She served as Program Chairman for the Region 12 Convention in 1980.
Cynthia is also a longtime member of Doll Collectors of America. She edited their 75th Anniversary Book.
Author, lecturer, authority in the history of dolls and paper dolls, Cynthia Musser has been studying dolls and paper ephemera for many years. Her articles about dolls and paper dolls have appeared in various collectors’ publications including Doll News, Doll Reader, Dolls magazine, and Vintage Fashions. She is the author of the book, Precious Paper Dolls released in 1985, Classic Celebrity Cutouts, 1987, and she collaborated with Mary Krombholz in the History of German Dollmaking, all published by Hobby House Press.
She undertook the study of historic costumes in college and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Clothing and Textiles from The Ohio State University. Her knowledge of fashion history has proved most valuable in the study and identification of dolls and paper dolls from various periods. She views dolls, paper dolls and other related toys as physical evidence of the history of attitudes toward children and of the society in which they lived.
Cynthia frequently speaks to groups about dolls and toys. She has spoken at many United Federation of Doll Clubs, national conventions and regional meetings; and at regional and national paper doll conventions. Cynthia puts dolls and toys into historical perspective in her lectures. She is equally known for her outstanding photography. In addition to dolls, she also lectures about antique valentines and vintage clothing.
Americana magazine featured Cynthia and her extensive paper doll collection in their publication. She has lectured about dolls and paper dolls on the famous cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth II during one of its Atlantic Crossings.
Cynthia and her husband, Phil, have a son and a daughter, and four granddaughters.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR – Pat Burns
IN OUR MEMORIES COORDINATOR – Maryll Goldsmith