Sunday, January 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mary Tyler Moore Mannequin?
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Creepy Kid Vent Dummies!
As if ventriloquist dummies weren't creepy enough as it is, these are regular children photoshopped to appear to be dolls with articulated mouths. Sure, she looks like a nice, non-homicidal doll now, but just wait until she's been played with by an average child for a couple years:
NOW if lightning or magic gives this doll a life of its own, you better run for the freakin' hills, because it will have no mercy on beings of flesh and bone.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: "It's A Thrilling Fad Of The Month Selection!"
Ad from the February 1952 issue of The Workbasket; a magazine which was very fond of presenting advertorials as content.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I Want To See Evelyn Green Dolls
Her collection, one of the most valuable in the nation, includes fur-clad cave-dwellers, Gay Nineties models, and modern bobby-sox types, depicting the fashions of mankind from 18,000 B.C. to the present. Mrs. Green requires a week or two to make a small doll and two or three months to complete a large, elaborate model. She has spent fourteen years on her hobby.There's scant information about Evelyn Green dolls online; even though the doll maker was featured in Doll Collector Magazine in what appears to be 2005 (presumably prompted by the Evelyn Green portrait dolls which were de-accessioned, via Theriaults, from the collections of the Strong Museum in 2004). I found no clearly labled photos of the dolls themselves. Pooh.
Evelyn Green dolls now appaer to sell for between $200 and $400 each.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I Get The Raggedy Ann Wig, But...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Hey 12 Year Olds, Knit Underpants For Sasha & Gregor
Friday, December 12, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Twin Martian Dolls
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Sunshine Family Doll Christmas
Monday, December 1, 2008
1921 Doll Lamp
Monday, November 3, 2008
She Should Be Blue
I don't know which Flora Belle doll by Brinns she is -- other than 'a pink one.' I didn't look at her name. Who knew they made so many pink ones? Not me; with all that air-tight plastic, I thought she'd be blue.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Rosie The Riveter, More Than A Hill Of Beans
Monday, August 25, 2008
What Could Be Bedda Than Hedda?
You turn the knob on the top of her non-removable bonnet to see all the faces/phases of her disease.
Creepy, ey? This doll would send my sister into deep psychological
According to DollInfo.com, these dolls were marketed to the pre-teens and teenagers who were getting "too old for baby dolls".
If anyone can move past the two-faced to the three-faced, it's pre-teen and teenage girls.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Big Dreams Of The Big-Eyed
(Feel free to bid on it and send it to me.)
But did you know there was also a big-eyed doll in the 60's -- complete with tear?
Little Miss No Name by Hasbro Toys (1965) was designed by Deet D'Andrade. Little Miss No Name wore a burlap dress, had a hand made for begging, and that large plastic tear... I'm guessing I never heard of her because few little girls wanted to play adopt the homeless begging orphan (Little Orphan Annie had a lovely red dress -- and too much spunk to let herself go like that). Fewer still wanted to plan & play a day in the life of a pitiful waif (also probably why the Kate Moss dolls never came to fruition).
But I want her.
I'm guessing when I find her, she'll be more expensive that replacing my old retro sad dog bank... But it won't stop me from fancying the two, together, in my office.
It's better to have big dreams of big eyed art -- and be left with a giant plastic tear -- then to never have dreamed at all.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Dimple Dot Kleenex Box Cover Kit
Seeing this ad reminds me of when I was young, someone gave this to my folks as a gift -- :eek: -- and our dog used to bark at like she was rabid (the dog, not the Dimple Doll). My folks would put it away, and then every now and then bring it out to see if the dog still hated it; she did. Eventually, the dog got a hold of it and destroyed it.
Whenever I see them at sales, I want to buy them and set them all in a row on a shelf -- maybe even fill and entire book shelf with them, in all the colors and variations.
I did get one once, but sent it to my sister; one part memory, one part freak factor (she hates dolls so opening a box with a doll head, well, that would be super freaky). But no affordable ones since.
Feel free to send me some, if you don't want them.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Art From The Stuff In The Bottom Of The Toy Box
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Barbie of the Birds
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Un-Charmkins Episode
Like Humpty Dumpty, all the king-sized voice talent couldn't hold the cartoon together.
Ben Vereen (Dragonweed), Aileen Quinn (Brown-Eyed Susan), Sally Struthers (Poison Ivy), Ivy Austin (Skunkweed), Martin Bierbach (Willie Winkle), Lynne Lambert (Lady Slipper), Chris Murney (Bramble Brother, Briarpatch, Crocus), Bob Kaliban (Bramble Brother), Gary Yudman (Thorny), Peter Wardren (Popcorn), Freddi Webber (Blossom), Patience Jarvis (Announcer), Tina Capland (Announcer), Helen Leonhart (Vocalist), Jamie Murphy (Vocalist), Helen Miles (Vocalist).
While the Charmkins only had one episode on TV, I recently had my own Charmkins episode. It resulted in a headache so fierce, that I'm selling the smelly jewelry playmates. If you want 'em, they're cheap.
Advil is extra.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Golliwogg, Guili-Guili, de Vigny
Shown here are the charming, but oft misunderstood, so they say, Golliwogg perfume "of romance" and Guili-Guili, a fragrance sold as "the tropical god of good fortune" but in truth was Guili-Guili was (according to Perfume Intelligence) named after "the real-life Egyptian illusionist from Alexandria".
While Golliwogg is highly collectible, both as a perfume and a character inspiring annual events, it is found with relative ease; Guili-Guili is much more rare.
Due to age, these bottles often have their labels missing, so along with this vintage ad image, and this image from dgaudit to guide you, look for bottles matching this description from Perfume Intelligence:
Presented in flacon designed by Michel de Brunhoff with the head and foot of the bottle carved from mahogany; the head covered the stopper while the foot held the delicate crystal bottle to stand uprightThe ad also mentions other fragrances, such as Chick-Chick, and Vigny lipstick. For more on de Vigny perfumes, see this guide at eBay and this post about Michel de Brunhoff.
Additional Golliwogg de Vigny photos via Rago Arts:
Friday, February 15, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Instructions For Vintage Cloth Doll, Jenny
Thursday, December 27, 2007
13 Toys That Made Noise In The 60's
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: Mod Record Holder
Sure to make your teen scream, this wild 45 holder is as chic-kitsch as it gets.
Bold velveteen animal print and rickrack? Two tacky things that go great together! All topped off with a dime store fashion doll -- like the cherry on this sweet sundae for your eyes. (We don't advise licking fashion dolls.) And the records inside? They are like the scoops of vanilla -- nearly ignored with all those dizzying toppings.
(This is so grand, I think I need to make kitchen canisters like this. Flour, sugar and tea never had it so good.)