Why Do You Have Black Dolls?

Filmed in 2012, the award-winning short documentary Why Do You Have Black Dolls? by Samantha Knowles explores why children and adults desire Black dolls. Doll artists, collectors, a museum curator, and other Black-doll enthusiasts were interviewed for this project. Read more about the young filmmaker, Samantha Knowles here. _________ Your comments are valued. Donations aid theContinue reading “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”

Paper Doll Sheets from Swedish Publications

Name: Paper Doll Sheets from Hemmets Journal, Hemmets Veckotidning, and Aret Runt Made by and When: Illustrated by different artists in 1962, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1976, 1978, and 1981-1986 Material: Paper Height: Paper dolls are of various heights Hair, Eyes, Mouth, Clothes: Artists’ renderings Other: The illustrations in the narrated video are courtesy of K.Continue reading “Paper Doll Sheets from Swedish Publications”

Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell

Name: Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell – 1978 to the present About the Artist: Floyd Bell, a master carver and former woodshop instructor, delights in carving wooden dolls. A peg-jointed Victorian-style doll became his first doll in 1978 while attempting to illustrate to his students that something beautiful could be carved from wood. MadeContinue reading “Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell”

Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls

Name: Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls (Various) Made by and When: Daddy’s Long Legs (Karen Germany) from 1993-2002 Material: Wood resin heads, torsos, lower arms, lower legs and feet or sculpted-on shoes; cloth upper arms and upper legs; the bottom of the resin torsos is flat to allow the dolls to sit. Marks: Some dolls bearContinue reading “Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls”

Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls

Name: Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls – A Communicator for the Past and Present Description: Sneha Sureshkumar was a 10th grader at the time she conducted extensive research for the documentary “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls.” Her research and the resulting documentary were part of her state’sContinue reading “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls”

Antique Art Dolls by Jumeau

This video, published on YouTube on June 15, 2018, to celebrate World Doll Day, explores the antique art dolls by Jumeau. A diverse range of dolls representing people from Africa and other countries is included. Jumeau was a French doll company that designed dolls dating back to the 1840s. Enjoy. _________ Your comments are valued.Continue reading “Antique Art Dolls by Jumeau”

So In Style Dolls (First Wave)

Name: So in Style (S.I.S.) Two-Doll Themed Sets Made by and When: Mattel, 2009 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 and 5 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: All dolls have rooted hair with painted eyes and smiling mouths. Grace and Courtney have brunette ponytails with bangs. Kara has auburn hair styled in two side ponytails; Kianna is blonde with twoContinue reading “So In Style Dolls (First Wave)”

Ruby Bridges

Photograph courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Ruby Bridges (a one-of-a-kind doll) Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2020 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed and dated by the artist,Continue reading “Ruby Bridges”