Dee Radcliffe generously donated two of her book constructions to the raffle room. They were highly coveted. See more in the Flickr photostream slide show at the bottom of this page.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
This miniature paper doll is the work of Barbara Barnett. Thanks to Pat O'Rourke for bringing this lovely artwork to my attention. Barbara's work is truly a wonder, as she uses her materials with great economy for maximum effect. Barbara and her sister used to produce "Off the Wall" paper dolls as the Jones Sisters, using vintage wallpaper for costumes. They are hard to find now, and very collectible.
The artist Barbara Barnett...
...and her many fans.
Dean Ockert of Huntsville, Ala., had an excellent display of sheet music in Special Collections, with an emphasis on wartime popular music. The theme of this year's convention was "A Salute to the Military," so it was perfect.
I especially loved this photo montage of welcome home hugs and kisses. The song "It's been a long, long time," automatically came to mind.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The artist Marilyn Henry had these exquisite vintage newspaper illustrations on display in Special Collections. One from her collection also appeared in the raffle room. It takes a lot of effort to preserve this kind of newsprint, which can be so fragile.
Artist Jim Howard checks his files to see what he needs for his Boston Herald Lady. I'm always impressed by the organized records that many collectors keep.
Here's the Boston Herald Lady (c. 1895) from my collection, with one of the few outfits I have for her:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sheryl Jaeger of Eclectibles couldn't make the convention this year, but she is hosting her own online e-paper doll party through the end of August, with 20 percent off on items in the paper doll categories (not including Collection Completers). Check out her online catalog here. Above, three images from the catalog.
When checking out, enter the code AUG20 to the left of the total and click apply. It will reduce the rate by 20 percent on applicable items.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Anne Donze has her convention blog online, and it's wonderfully organized. Unlike me, she took notes, so you'll find more details about the Competition and other events. Thank you, Anne! Above, Anne with her special collection exhibit: Betsy McCall in all her various forms.
Anne Donze 2012 Convention Blog.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Another great entry in the Competition room, this won first place in its category (foreign paper dolls, I think this is German) and a special judges' award. Check slide show below for more pieces of this beautiful set.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
One of the earliest, if not the first, paper dolls published in a magazine in the U.S. This was on display -- still bound in the book! -- at the convention's Special Collections exhibit. For two more views of this book, go to the slideshow at the bottom of this page.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Correction: this was actually part of Carol Sullivan's presentation on Paper Toys through history. I'll be posting more pictures of her fascinating talk, which covered everything from pantins to zoetropes.