Monday, July 27, 2015

Convention Report: Daphne in Paris altered book


Beverly Micucci's extraordinary "Daphne in Paris." She also had an altered book, "Ooh La La" with a Paris theme but no paper doll...I might have conflated the two in this post. 



Alina Kolluri and I took turns holding the book open for photographs.







Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Convention Report: Newspaper Paper Dolls


One of my favorite categories, although the brittle nature of newspaper makes it a tough one to collect; it can fall to pieces in your hand! This group has been nicely preserved. From the collection of Sharon Yarter. 











Monday, July 20, 2015

Convention Report: Bridge Tallies


Gorgeous tallies from the collection of Dee Radcliffe.





Jill Kaar Hanson brought in these cute Campbell Soup tallies.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Black Dolls by Margo Jefferson

The Magazine Antiques has an article about black dolls by Margo Jefferson, former NY Times theatre critic. It's an excerpt from her new book on the topic.

The article is available online, click here to read!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shirley Temple auction results


It was exciting to watch the auction go until 12:30 a.m. or so. Did anyone get a bargain? Some paper memorabilia -- menus, signed photos by other stars -- went for under $500. Some dolls did not exceed their estimates or opening bids by much. You can see all the results here.

Here were some of the highlights for me: 



The dress from "Stand Up and Cheer" (1934), was the top item, going for $75,000.




This compo doll with a custom-made dress created by Fox studio costume designers using remnants of fabric and trim from Shirley's outfit in "Little Miss Broadway" (1938), was the top bid for a doll, going for $19,000.




The Lenci doll known as Pinkie, which started Shirley's collection, went for $14,000.




There was spirited bidding late at night for Emily, the doll of Sara Crewe in "The Little Princess" (1939). Winning bid: $10,500.



These five paper doll books from Shirley's personal collection went for $1,600.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mary McLeod Bethune paper doll by LaVerne Hall


Mary McLeod Bethune was born July 10, 1875 in Mayesville S.C. She was an educator and founder of the National Council of Negro Women in 1935.