We Need More Dolls!

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Dear Convention Attendees:
The deadline is not until June 20 and we still have plenty of room for dolls in the Antique and Modern Competitive Room. Remember, it is only through your generosity that we have such a wonderful and educational competitive room each year. Please consider entering something for all of us to enjoy.
Thank you for participating,
Sherry and Charles Minton – Antique
Susan Steirn – Modern

If you have any questions please contact Sherry and Charles Minton at brandjosh@aol.com, Susan Steirn at ssteirn@aol.com; or the office at info@ufdc.org.

UFDC is a Fan of Alexander Doll Company!

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Convention may be months away but our event artists and manufacturers are already hard at work. Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists and companies whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.

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“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” -President John F. Kennedy

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres that overlook the Potomac River in Washington, DC, opened in 1971. The Kennedy Center is a living memorial and tribute to JFK and his legacy as an advocate for the performing arts. The Center presents more than 2,000 performances each year. The Kennedy Center is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year.

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The Center made its public debut on September 8, 1971, with a gala opening performance featuring the world premiere of a Requiem mass honoring President Kennedy, a work commissioned from the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and featuring the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Since then ballet has been an important part of the Center’s programming. The Center has been described as “a gigantic marble temple to music, dance, and drama on the Potomac’s edge”. In 2006, the Kennedy Center created Protégés, a ballet festival highlighting rising stars from the world’s greatest ballet training academies.

Madame Alexander Turns 90!

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The year was 1923, Madame Beatrice Alexander started her doll company at a time when very few women worked outside the home, let alone had their own company. Her belief that dolls should engage the imagination and contribute to a child’s happiness and understanding of the world led her to develop a unique company. Great works of literature, the arts and far away cultures could transport children to new places and experiences. Her impeccably designed dolls came to mirror the changing lifestyles, tastes and dreams of the time. Now, 90 years later, we believe she would be very pleased with her legacy.

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The dolls that are on view at this year’s UFDC Convention continue to impart Madame’s maxim, “Love is in the Details”. To commemorate the 90th Anniversary you will see a representation of a special collection inspired by some of Madame’s creations through the ages, including a 21” CissyTM, based on a photograph of Madame herself. The hand-beaded dress is indicative of the attention to detail that the company is still known for. There is also a WendyTM complete with a Tony Sarg inspired marionette theatre. But, I don’t want to spoil the surprise. You will see for yourself!

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And, if one anniversary wasn’t enough to celebrate, The Alexander Doll CompanyTM is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of two epic movies, The Wizard of OzTM and Gone with the WindTM. Highlights include The Wicked Witch of the West TM surrounded by her Winged Monkeys and Glinda the Good WitchTM, with the Lullaby League. Our 21” TMScarlett O’HaraTM is resplendent in her white ruffled prayer dress.

Not to be forgotten are all the wonderful dolls representing nations, pop culture and special occasions. We are ready for the next 90 years!

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For those of you who are not as familiar with our history (or may have forgotten), here is a quick timeline and some notable facts:
• 1920’s – 28 years old Beatrice Alexander begins The Alexander Doll Company TM on her kitchen table. FAO Schwarz places an order for dolls.

• 1930’s – Despite the stock market crash and Depression, The Alexander Doll Company continues to prosper. Madame begins licensing and obtains trademark for the Dionne Quintuplets, Alice in Wonderland, Gone with the WindTM, The Wizard of OzTM and Little Women. She also launches The Baby Collection.

• 1940’s – Though WWII means rationing, Madame Alexander dolls continue to be impeccable. The company introduces one of the first walking dolls, Jeannie Walker. First company to use plastic for doll making, allowing for highly defined facial features.

• 1950’s –Madame Alexander wins the Fashion Academy Gold Medal award four years in a row. Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen and in celebration and Alexander Doll creates the Coronation Collection of 36 dolls to be displayed in a Brooklyn department store to simulate the ceremony. There was no transatlantic TV coverage yet! The Wendy face is born becoming the icon of the company’s 8” dolls.

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CissyTM, a 21” full bodied doll epitomizes the American debutante with fashions right off the runways as well as scaled-down version, CissetteTM. LissyTM, 11 1⁄2” – 12” doll with jointed elbows and knees is introduced. EliseTM, 16 1⁄2 “-17” with jointed ankles and knees is added to the collection.

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• 1960’s – Margaret Winson starts the Madame Alexander Fan Club, now Doll Club. Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy dolls, based on the First family, were introduced. Madame is honored at the United Nations at a ceremony featuring her complete line of International Dolls. The Smithsonian selects the Madame Alexander Scarlett O’Hara TM doll for its permanent collection

• 1970’s – The First Ladies Collection was created to honor the women who shaped America. Six dolls were displayed in the Smithsonian. The Walt Disney Company expands its relationship with Alexander Doll as dolls for Alice in Wonderland and Snow White are created.

• 1980’s – Madame Beatrice Alexander retires in her 90’s with numerous awards including the first Lifetime Achievement Award from Doll Reader Magazine. FAO Schwarz names her “First Lady of Dolls”.
• 1990’s – Alexander Doll’s celebrate 75th Anniversary with a new limited edition and commemorative dolls. Madame Alexander dies at age 95.

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• 2000’s – Alexander Fairchild Ford, a 16” fashion doll is introduced. In 2003, an Alex doll with 18 points of articulation was developed. Licensed properties are expanded with EloiseTM, OliviaTM and more. A Wooden Wendy with 9 points of articulation is another company first. Wendy celebrates her 50th birthday.

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• Today – The Alexander Doll CompanyTM designs, manufactures and sells collectible, play and baby dolls worldwide. “Love is still in the Details”.

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The Alexander event at this year’s convention honors the Kennedy Centre and its contributions to the world of ballet. Madame Alexander’s ballerinas are surely some of their most cherished dolls and attendees to this event will go home with one of them.

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UFDC congratulates Gale Jarvis who is this year’s recipient of the “9th Annual Wonder Woman of Toys” award. This award recognizes Gale Jarvis as the manufacturer of the year by Women in Toys.

For more information about The Alexander Doll Company please visit their website at www.madamealexander.com.

We Need Your Help!

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The success of UFDC’s Convention depends on one thing and one thing only – Volunteers!

We are desperately in need of help in the following areas:

Competitive Exhibit Room – Dolls, dolls, dolls!  We need more!  One of the highlights of convention is certainly the competitive exhibit room.  This is where our attendees come to learn but mostly to “ooh and aah” over the magnificent collection of dolls displayed in this mini-museum. Don’t hide your dolls under a bushel – bring them to convention and let them shine! Contact Susan Steirn at ssteirn@aol.com or Sherry and Charles Minton at brandjosh@aol.com for more information on entering dolls.  They will be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteers are needed in many areas.  It adds so much more to your convention experience to get involved.  Pat Girbach is desperately in need of monitors.  This is a fun job and you get to welcome your fellow attendees while at the same time doing a very important job.  For more information please contact Pat at aawestie@provide.net.

 Helpers!  Please consider donating a doll or doll related item for our Helper room.  The money raised from this supports our organization.  If you have any questions about what or where to send please contact

Jill Kaar-Hanson at artdoll5913@att.net or Kae Wieser at ufdckae@ufdc.org.     

Volunteer opportunities will be posted at the mini-office on-site so please consider donating a few hours of your time.  In return you will receive a token of thanks from UFDC.

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UFDC is a Fan of Rosemarie Ionker and Boneka Doll Fashions!

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Convention may be months away but our event artists and manufacturers are already hard at work. Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists and companies whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.

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The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In her most lasting contribution as First Lady, Mrs. Taft arranged for the planting of the 3,000 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington Tidal Basin. With the wife of the Japanese ambassador, she personally planted the first two saplings in ceremonies on March 27, 1912. Today the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. and last year celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Rosemarie Ionker and Boneka Doll Fashions

Rosemarie Ionker is known as the fashion designer of exquisite doll clothing that includes more often than not elaborate embroidery and smock. It is however, Rosemarie’s sense of fashion and proportion that made her creations so successful and popular.

Quote Claudia Ionker: My mother has always been one to consider being productive the height of personal achievement. As kids we were always told to not sit around but be productive.

This is what drives Rosemarie Ionker – creativity and productivity. Creativity is one aspect but the fact that her fashion is produced, using small scale, and in high demand, is her success.

At the young age of 4 to 5 years Rosemarie made her first attempts to sew for dolls and to hand embroider. Although these were rough designs they did show promise. By the time Rosemarie was 12 she already showed her talent not only in sewing, embroidery and tailoring but also indicating a business oriented mind. She started sewing for school productions and classmates at this age and by the time Rosemarie finished fashion design school in Germany she opened her own business at the age 21. Rosemarie’s business tailored to the private sector as well as creating designs for the garment industry in Germany.

By the time Rosemarie was 24 she had finished her Masters Exam in fashion design, got married and moved to Hong Kong. Besides being a mother of 3 young children Rosemarie also designed women’s and children’s fashion.

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Many years passed where Rosemarie concentrated on raising her three children and being: creative! While in Indonesia during the early 80’s Rosemarie started to teach local women sewing – a trade with which many women could make a decent living. The most productive was to sew clothing in doll sizes. The techniques are more or less the same for human sizes, only that you would need less fabric.

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Rosemarie’s father showed an interest in the doll dress making and introduced Rosemarie to a doll maker in Hamburg. From then on the doll fashion business took off. Some of the women who started with Rosemarie in the 80’s are still producing in her workshop. The idea of a family business is evident in that some of the staff even have their daughters producing doll fashions in her workshop.

Several doll makers have been customers of Rosemarie’s products and many still use her creations for their collections: Heidi Ott, Käthe Kruse, Heidi Plusczok, Lawton, Helen Kish, Tonner Doll Company and many others.

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In the early 90’s Rosemarie met Helen Kish and from then on not only have they been good friends but Helen was the door opener to the collectors in the USA.

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Claudia, Rosemarie’s eldest daughter started working for her in the mid 90’s – mainly taking care of administration. Only in the late 90’s did Claudia mention that every artist needs a good manager. It was then that Boneka Doll Fashions was born.

When Rosemarie started her children’s fashions in Hong Kong Claudia was unfortunate to be the model during which she made the remark: “I prefer to dress the dolls and take their photos”.

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The 2003 UFDC Convention in New Orleans was the first convention in which both Rosemarie and her daughter Claudia participated. It was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to meet collectors and fans personally. Most of the fans and collectors have become great friends.

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Rosemarie Ionker has created a doll exquisitely dressed in traditional Japanese clothing for “The Cherry Blossom Festival meal event to be held in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Rosemarie Ionker and Boneka Doll Fashions please visit their website at www.boneka-dollfashion.de.

Convention Document Changes

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Booklet Changes

Pg. 31  Please note Agnes Sura’s workshop “Shorts and Top for Bleuette” Workshop fee is $68.00 and not $93.00 as listed.

Pg. 31 “2 Dresses for Bleuette” workshop is cancelled. 

Pg. 41  “Hitty Here and Now” has been moved from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening (same time – Monday listing correct).

Pg. 20  RubyRedGalleria gathering will take place on Tuesday (not Wednesday) evening from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Cardoza on the Terrace Level.

Pg. 5 Please note the banquet is on THURSDAY evening and not Friday evening as stated on Page 5 in the booklet.

 

Addition To Booklet

French Fashion Gathering to be held from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening (July 30th) in the International Ballroom West on the Concourse level (immediately following the Vogue dinner).

 

Request Form Changes

  • Under Thursday Seminars (Page 2):

Antique Doll Historical Costuming:  The Edwardian Era” and “Doll Auctions, Treasures and Rewards” – these seminars are being held on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and NOT Thursday morning.

  • Under Wednesday Seminars (Page 1) 2:15 to 5:00 p.m.

“2 Dresses for Bleuette” is cancelled.

  • “Shorts and Top for Bleuette” Workshop fee is $68.00 and not $93.00 as listed.

 

Room Change

UFDC Convention Chairmen’s Meeting will be held in Holmead on the Lobby Level.

Please note these changes and additions!

Updated forms are available on the Convention page.

Can’t Get a Room at the Washington Hilton?

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It has come to the attention of UFDC that some of our convention attendees have called the Hilton’s central number to reserve their rooms for convention only to be told our room block is full. Although we do have limited room availability (there are only 8 double rooms left for our peak nights) there are still rooms. If you are having trouble reserving a room at our negotiated rate, please call Joel Johnson, Reservations Manager for the Washington Hotel, directly at 202-328-2085 and he will help you. If you have any other issues please email Janet Gula at bruhaha@rogers.com. We will do everything to make sure you can stay at the convention hotel and receive the UFDC room block rate! It’s more fun staying on site so don’t miss out! Don’t delay – reserve today! Don’t forget to register with UFDC! 

UFDC is a Fan of Dollspart Supply Company, Nada Christensen and Donelle Denery!

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Convention may be months away but our event artists and manufacturers are already hard at work.  Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists and companies whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.

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The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.  It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

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Judged by the standards of European palaces — and the White House, from its official use, if the only building we have that may be properly compared with them — it is not large; but it is a building of extraordinary beauty and dignity, a restful and altogether satisfying exterior, of which it is hardly too much to say it has no rival in stateliness of effect and simple loveliness among the great mansions of America. The straight lines of its fronts are broken only by the semicircular swelling of the south front, enclosed with a gracious colonnade of similar form, and the great portico of the north front, which serves as a porte-cochere as well as for visitors arriving on foot. Since the recent restoration a new entrance has been added to the end of the east terrace, where guests alight under a spacious porte-cochere, and enter a corridor formed by the terrace, with boxes for wraps and dressing-rooms in the main building, and where a stairway conducts them to the main floor. This arrangement has simplified the handling of the great crowds that throng the white House at receptions and on other festival occasions: For more than any other house in America this building is the scene of great functions, bringing together immense numbers of people, that call for broad passages for their coming and going, and enormous rooms for their entertainment.

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President William Howard Taft built the West Wing’s first Oval Office. Designed by Nathan C. Wyeth and completed in 1909, it was centered on the south side of the building, much as the oval rooms in the White House are. Taft intended it to be the center of his administration, and by locating it in the center of the West Wing, he could be more involved with the day-to-day operation of his presidency. The Taft Oval Office had simple Georgian Revival trim, and was likely the most colorful in history; the walls were covered in a vibrant seagrass green.

LETTIE LANE AT HOME

During the Edwardian era, many American women depended on magazines such as Ladies’ Home Journal (LHJ) to keep them up to date on issues of importance to them. And, what were these issues of importance? Well, of course, every American woman was a proper lady who wanted to be well dressed, stylish and up to date on the latest fashions and colors of the season. Looking at the striking and fashionable lady adorning the front of the LHJ in February 1913, we can easily fall under the spell of wanting to enter this era of fashion, proper etiquette and mode of style and grace!!

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Edward Bok, LHJ’s editor-in-chief from 1889 to 1918, clearly understood what sold magazines. He had an idea to target and appeal to the daughters of his readers to stir their allegiance to the LHJ as they would be his future readers. While visiting friends in New England, he saw his friend’s daughter intently playing with paper dolls by Boston artist Sheila Young.  DOLLS!! What a great idea, all young girls like to play with DOLLS.  Bok ingeniously hired Miss Young to draw a paper doll series for the magazine. And so, in October 1908, a different type of page for children appeared in most issues. How exciting it was to see how quickly Miss Young’s first page “The Lettie Lane Paper Family” appeared and captured the interest of mothers and most importantly, their daughters.

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Right from the start, Lettie had DOLLS!!  Paper dolls, but of course, they like regular dolls were so much fun to play with!!  And because of their success, dolls continued to play a prominent role in the paper doll series.

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The July 1909 page was titled “Presenting One of Lettie’s Dolls With Her Hats and Dresses”.  Well, here she appeared, a doll almost identical to the very famous doll named DAISY –  the “Doll Who Came to Life” – as a 1911 premium for selling three subscriptions to LHJ.

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What a success the LHJ was able to generate and imagine….without internet and limited phones.  Word spread like crazy about the 18” bisque head German doll and wow…what an instant sensation Daisy became!  What could the LHJ come up with next that would continue to keep the interest and hearts of their younger population of readers???  And so, a little more than a year after Ladies’ Home Journal’s 1911 premium of their doll named Daisy, they ran a similar promotion. How clever of them…imagine a doll house kit that came with an all bisque doll house doll. And once again, little girls sold three subscriptions to get the item. The doll house was exquisite with four rooms, a roof, chimney, patio, foundation and two sets of steps and two interior doors. The art work was so detailed; it even had shadows on the exterior siding to capture how sunlight would have reflected on the house! The high quality of the lithograph was so typical of the Edwardian period.  Although quite a few of the all bisque dolls survived, Atha Kahler – who did the extensive research on Daisy in the 1960’s – only knew of one doll house kit which existed.  An expert and researcher on Daisy and the Lettie Lane paper dolls, Atha was determined to find this doll house and make it her own.  Finally, the doll house kit, in its original box with all its original instructions, came up for auction ‘back east’ in the mid 1960’s.

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Over 40 years later, Atha finally acquired the elusive doll house kit. Atha was so excited about getting the doll house and knew and cherished the piece of history she had claim to. But, being a historian and famous for sharing her passion for dolls with so many of her UFDC colleagues, she did what all of us would do for a fellow doll lover – she decided to share her good fortune and give others a chance to lay claim to a piece of doll history.  A few years before Atha became gravely ill, she asked Donelle Denery, an avid doll maker, historian and researcher if she would borrow the doll house and make reproduction kits of the house for fellow doll enthusiasts. And finally, before Atha’s passing, she was kind enough to sell the original doll house kit and original doll house doll she owned to Donelle. Donelle made a commitment to Atha that she would make the reproduction doll house kits so other Daisy and Lettie Lane collectors could add this treasure to their collection. It took hundreds of hours to prepare the doll house kit and write the detailed instructions. The amount of work was endless but the result was a fantastic reproduction which makes an exact replica of the original doll house that Atha had.  Professionally printed in Cape Cod, MA, a limited number of kits were made and NOW…we are thrilled that UFDC has purchased all of the remaining kits in the limited edition.  This treasure and heirloom is just one of the souvenir gifts at an event that is sure to be exciting, fun and truly special.

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Dollspart is so thrilled to be participating in the forthcoming “Lettie Lane at Home” luncheon event.  We are sure all of you are familiar with Dollspart Supply Co.  Dollspart is the oldest doll supply business in the US today.  Started in 1940, long before the internet and any other means of communication existed, Dollspart has and continues to be the innovator of so many special and needed items in the doll world.  Today, over 70 years later, Dollspart is still vibrant and going strong with Barbara and David at the helm.  They strive to bring a vast selection of the best products to fill all the needs of collectors, restorers and doll makers.  Their dedication as well as passion for the doll world is unsurpassed.

ds-daisy-doll Daisy won the hearts of Dollspart Supply as she reached her 100th Birthday.  After all, who can be friends with Donelle Denery and not love Daisy???   Dollspart dedicated themselves to making Daisy’s 100th birthday full of fun and continued Daisy’s birthday celebration into a full year of surprises as the Lettie Lane Doll House reached its 100th Birthday in 2012.  There were birthday events with articles and pictures about Daisy and the Lettie Lane Doll House appearing in miniature magazines and ads in all the doll magazines showing off the doll house.  AND now…each limited edition Lettie Lane doll house is about to get some new owners who will love and cherish it. Can you imagine being able to put your small all bisque dolls into a real house of their own? This special event will close Donelle’s limited edition house making each attendee truly have a irreplaceable heirloom which is sure to grow in value.

OUR DOLL ARTIST- NADA CHRISTENSEN

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Nada Christensen has been making miniature porcelain dolls since 1980. She has belonged to many doll related organizations over the years, including IDMA (International Dollmakers Association), NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts), DAG (International Doll Artisan Guild) and UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs). While primarily concentrating on antique reproduction style miniatures, Nada has made small dolls of all styles including souvenir dolls for UFDC National Convention and Regional Events since 2001, and limited edition dolls for Theriault’s, Wendy Lawton and Dollspart.

Nada also holds a BA in Music (Voice Performance 1981) and a BS in Pharmacy (1993) and is a jazz/classic pop vocalist as well as a part time pharmacist specializing in geriatric long term care pharmacy. Nada Christensen is known for fine china painting details, making her own kiln fired tiny glass eyes and handmade wigs, and for her love and study of the history of the diminutive porcelain doll. The surprise souvenir you will receive at this luncheon will each represent the love and passion that Nada puts into each of her masterpieces!!

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AND OUR ESTEEMED SPEAKER, DONELLE DENERY

You can’t be a member of UFDC who has attended convention in recent years and not know the very well respected Donelle Denery.  Donelle, first a teddy bear artist and then a dollmaker for many years, continues to extend herself on behalf of her fellow doll lovers to provide accurate research and artifacts for all of us. At this year’s convention, she is not only the speaker for this luncheon but also Chairman of Clerks for the Antique Competitive exhibit, a co-program speaker with Susan Sirkis and Ann Coleman, speaker for Highlight Tours of the Antique Competitive Exhibit, is presenting two Special Exhibits in one room (Lettie Lane and Friends and Edwardian Lady Dolls), is Captain of a judging team for the Antique Competitive Exhibit, wrote three articles for the convention journal and is also giving a Highlight Tour of her Special Exhibits. This year we are truly honored that Donelle, who is an expert on Daisy and Lettie Lane will speak to the fortunate attendees of this luncheon and give us a first-hand glimpse into history, fun and adventure.

UFDC Is A Fan of RubyRedGalleria!

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UFDC is a Fan of RubyRedGaleria!

Convention 2013 Artist Spotlight

Convention may be months away but our event artists and manufacturers are already hard at work.  Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists and companies whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.

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From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.  Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, Washington, DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th! The National Mall, with Washington DC’s monuments and the U. S. Capitol in the background, forms a beautiful and patriotic backdrop to America’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an all-day event in the nation’s capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. RubyRedGalleria will present their “modern” Bleuette as she celebrates the 4th of July in Washington at the “Red, White and Bleuette” meal event.  Dressed as a true Edwardian child, this little French charmer will set off some fireworks of her own!

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RubyRedGalleria is comprised of a talented group of doll designers, many of whom have hands-on working experience with some of the most talented doll artists around.  Started in 2008, RubyRedGalleria quickly became a recognized name by doll collectors, known for their unique doll designs, haute couture doll costumes and accessories.  UFDC welcomes RubyRed to their UFDC meal event this year.

 “American Girl!  Barbie! These are two of the most famous dolls in the modern age that many girls have practically spent their childhood with. But let’s not forget that long before these dolls were even born, it was the Bleuette that captured the hearts of thousands of young girls.

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Originating in the early 20th century, Bleuette was created and fashioned by the magazine “La Semaine de Suzette” to help educate many under privileged rural French farm girls in the social graces, manners and preferred attires of the urban French cities. This noble goal was widely reflected in the thousands of elegant yet simple dresses designed for the very popular Bleuette dolls.

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While the Bleuette doll gradually lost its popularity in the 1930s, many doll artists and collectors still remained loyal to Bleuette because they love the values and beliefs that Bleuette expresses. Some collectors believe that while Barbie and American Girl are more “trendy” and “modern”, they fail to preserve the tradition of good graces that are evident in the Bleuette.  RubyRedGalleria has noticed this problem, and took action to recreate the Bleuette doll to preserve this noble tradition.  RubyRed recreated the new Bleuette.

The new Bleuette has an identical look to the original Bleuette except for a few improvements. Modern technology allowed RubyRed to make Bleuette into a more fashionable, more durable, and more enjoyable doll. Firstly, the Bleuette is now made by poly-resin instead of the original fragile and easily breakable materials of the past. The benefits are astounding: the skin is smoother, the doll is lighter and the material is more durable. In addition, RubyRed also added a face changing feature into the doll. Bleuette’s face, eyes and wigs can all be switched! In essence, you can have hundreds of different Bleuette’s all in the same doll! Think of all the money you can save! The idea of launching the Bleuette came from RubyRed’s owner and chief designer, Ms. Ruby Ho. “I have developed many dolls in my life,” she said, “but I still cannot recreate the presence that Bleuette had in the early 1920s. Bleuette encompasses rich culture and history. No matter how well I design the other dolls, some of us still can’t forget the Bleuette’s we had as a little girl.”

“There are thousands of beautiful Bleuette dresses that are passed down in history,” she continues, “and it is a shame that it is very difficult to find a high quality and economical Bleuette to dress them with. Some of the dresses are still breathtakingly beautiful, and it also helps teach the younger generation good dress sense and good social graces that are still very welcome in the modern world.”

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Starting from 1981, Ms. Ruby Ho has been in the doll business for over 30 years, and she still enjoys designing new Bleuette dresses. “I also like to recreate some of the vintage dresses in the style of the original Bleuette clothing. With modern technology, we can make them much prettier but still preserve the vibe of the original taste. It is both exciting and fun.”

RubyRedGalleria looks forward to hosting an event at this year’s convention.  Attendees at their event will be receiving a new limited edition Bleuette design.  Joy and excitement are guaranteed!”

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 For more information on RubyRedGalleria please visit their website at www.rubyredgalleria.com

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