Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Milady in Miniature

My friend Pat gave me a stack of little doll newsletters called "Milady in Miniature" which were published by Rae Walker of West Virginia (later Maryland) back in the '60s and '70s. In the era before the internet, it's interesting to see how collectors communicated and shared information. These little newsletters contain an article or two, perhaps a pattern, a poetry page, classified ads, and info on newly released dolls, which today are our vintage favorites. The covers are often hand drawn and the mimeographing is sketchy. (Anybody else remember the smell of that mimeograph fluid??) But I can imagine how eagerly anticipated these little booklets were to those who were starved for doll information and somebody to share their hobby. I have come across other of these little homegrown publications from time to time - a little piece of doll history.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lenci Miniatures

We had a great program at the doll club meeting on Saturday by our member Susan Voake. She has a great collection of Lenci miniature dolls, sometimes called mascottes, and the program was very informative. These 9" dolls were first made in 1928 or '29, and Susan showed us how the designs of the dolls' outfits changed during the depression, becoming less detailed. She also described features that enable a collector to tell a real Lenci apart from a knockoff. (One tip - many of the knockoffs have cardboard soled shoes, which Lenci never did.) Here's a picture of a Lenci miniature from the upcoming Withington auction.