Smiling Beautiful Debbie

Name: Smiling Beautiful Debbie

Made by and When: Woelfert-Puppen, 2013

Material: Vinyl, jointed at the head, shoulders, hips, legs, and knees

Height: 33-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black handmade wavy mid-back-length human hair wig with a side part/brown hand-blown glass eyes from Lauscha (a town in the district of Sonneberg, in Thuringia, Germany)/open smile with separately molded teeth

Clothes:  Dark coral butterfly-print sarong

Other: Made in Germany, this one-of-a-kind doll was named by the artist after this museum’s curator. A certificate of authenticity includes the doll’s name, photograph, and a signature and photograph of the artist, Reinhard Woelfert, and his wife (who dressed and named the doll).  The doll now wears a BunnFunn custom-made photo-collage tribute dress in honor of the curator’s mother (see the final image in the slideshow). The dress also has a certificate of authenticity.

Slideshow (Use the right arrow to advance to the next image.)

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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