Sightseeing!

One of the joys of UFDC National Convention is visiting the host city while you’re there. My traveling companions and I didn’t arrive early enough to enjoy the guided tours of Ann Coleman’s house and doll collection but we heard rave reviews of the experience. We did decide to visit the National Mall and the National Museum of American History where we saw a little doll who is from the Coleman collection. Can you spot her in these photos?

Scenes from the Thursday Night Banquet

The Thursday night banquet certainly was A Capitol Affair!

Please enjoy these pictures taken during the social hour and cash bar, then during the banquet proper.

Do you see your friends? Please send me captions for these photos and for any others on the blog.

Competitive Exhibit Pictures ~ Modern

The Competitive Exhibit Modern categories cover all dolls since 1920 so include what are considered vintage dolls as well as contemporary. ufdc2013competitive

When attending Convention, be sure to sign up for the Highlight Tours of the Competitive Exhibits. These are conducted by judges after the ribbons are presented so these volunteers can explain about the different categories, answer questions and inform you about why the winners were chosen. Volunteering as a monitor or clerk is also educational, but I’ve heard that the Apprentice Judge Program is the best way to become an expert in dolls while giving back valuable service to UFDC.

Here are pictures taken by Diane Root of almost every category in this years’ Competitive Exhibit Modern (categories 201-276 in the Competitive Exhibit Booklet). A big thank you to Susan Steirn, the Modern Exhibit Chair and to all her volunteer helpers!

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Competitive Exhibit Pictures ~ Antique

One of the most amazing things about the UFDC National Convention is the Competitive Exhibit. Every UFDC member registered for the convention is invited to participate in the Competitive Exhibit, both Antique (pre-1920) and Modern (post-1920). The Competitive Exhibits are among the most popular features at convention, offering an unequaled opportunity to see and study rare and interesting dolls. It’s an amazing amount of volunteer work, from choosing the categories, creating the Competitive Exhibit Booklet, bringing in dolls to enter from around the world (often very costly and rare dolls), setting up the room and clerking (checking in dolls and arranging things), monitoring (making sure the dolls are secure during the convention), and finally judging and the conducting the apprentice judge program. ufdc2013competitive The dolls are judged for condition, rarity and age and the categories change from year to year.

Here are pictures taken by Diane Root of almost every category in this years’ Competitive Exhibit Antique (categories 1-83 in the Competitive Exhibit Booklet). A big thank you needs to be extended to Sherry and Charles Minton, the Antique Exhibit Chairs and to all their volunteer helpers.

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Convention 2013 Helpers!

The Helper and Silent Auction room opened on Tuesday and was lots of fun. A helper is a donation item that is raffled off to help pay the expenses of convention. I did not get many pictures because, I admit, I got distracted by all the shiny things and the need to make tough decisions about where to drop my tickets. I did get a picture of my most wanted entry — a trunk set by the Lawton Loop featuring a Wendy Lawton doll with a wardrobe and accessories made and donated by the members of Wendy Lawton’s on-line discussion group. Also pictured is Hattie Hilton, the enormous American Girl trunk set donated by members of the UFDC board that will go to a convention attendee who was a guest at the Hilton hotel. Thanks to all the clubs that donated helper items! They were truly exceptional.

Gotta run — off to distribute some more tickets!

Lettie Lane & Friends ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

Donelle Denery brought to life the work of artist Sheila Young in this wonderful special exhibit.

The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

The Sandra Sue doll was produced by the Richwood Doll Company

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in the 1940s and 50s. Margaret Kincaid curated this special exhibit dedicated to Sandra Sue. A special feature of the exhibit is the Sandra Sue dollhouse, restored and decorated for Christmas.

[Note: I ran out of camera time for this exhibit. If you attended convention and have additional pictures that I can add to this gallery, please contact me.]

 

Edwardian Lady Dolls and Their Wardrobes ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

Donelle Denery contributed this exhibit which is perfectly in keeping with this year’s convention theme.

 

Mode Enfantine pour Poupees ~ A Convention 2013 Special Exhibit

This exhibit examines the fashion dolls of the 1860s wearng the dresses of la mode enfantine. The focus is on the dolls of Madame Rohmer with supporting roles played by the firms of Huret and Barois. Noted French Fashion doll expert and author, Lynn Murray, has curated this exhibit.

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