On July 12 in Atlanta, Theriaults will hold the auction "Playful Art, Dolls of American Childhood," featuring dolls from the private collection of John Axe. Check out the catalog at http://theriaults.com for more wonderful pictures.
John had a wonderful eye as an artist and a collector. How we will miss him and his delightful sense of humor. Here are some samples from his collection, with notes from the Theriault catalog:
Effanbee, from their "American Children" series, designed by Dewees Cochran, circa 1937.
"Sally", designed as a competitor to the popular Patsy doll of Effanbee. American Character, circa 1935.
Effanbee Patsy (head) Effanbee Patricia (torso). A rare original "factory put-together"model with very fine original finish, rarer sleep eyes. Effanbee, circa 1935.
Patsy dolls, 1932, and Patsyette, 1935.
The dolls were designed by Harriet Flanders who also wrote a book "Little Cherubs" featuring her dolls, and they were marketed by Georgene Averill, circa 1937.