This particular doll appears in the September 1994 Doll Reader Magazine on Page 63, in an article called "Cloth Boudoirs." The article describes him as a "17 inch cotton sateen Mexican gentleman, also with ears, has black velvet hair, embroidered moustache and painted features. His cloth body has stitched fingers, separate thumbs and firmly stuffed well-shaped legs with wood and leather formed boots, well made as is the entire costume of leather and felt." He is every bit of that, except his actual size is about 15".
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I LOVE this doll! She the first "Anita" that I got when I first started collecting boudoir dolls. Not sure she really was made by the Anita Novelty Company, but collectors pretty much call these type of dolls Anita. Anyway, she's got great face paint and a red mohair wig. I sold her a few years ago, and she traveled a bit before she returned to me. I think she's going to stay with me for a little while.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Yola d'Avril, So This is Paris
I have these two photos of Yola d'Avril, holding
German smoker boudoir dolls. Both reference a movie "So This is Paris" - I looked it up, and I can't find that movie that she supposedly was in. So, I wonder if they renamed the movie?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1927 Film "She's a Sheik" starring Bebe Daniels (boudoir doll is French). What I find interesting is this film was released one year after Rudolph Valentino died (he died during the release of his film "Son of the Sheik").
The French boudoir doll may be one-of-a-kind as it may have received a homemade costume, but it is as old as the doll so is original to the doll.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This French all-cloth beauty is all original, has vibrant face paint, and despite the tattered velvety limbs and beaded midriff, is fabulous! There's nothing better than an original doll, even if she's not "perfect." She's as close to perfect as far as I am concerned.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
When I bought this cute guy, I was told that even though the label on his boot was French, it was only the name of the store, not necessarily the maker. Does anyone know anything about him? He has a felt head and wears felt with leather boots and gloves. Below, is a mark on the back of his neck. Maybe, this will help.
As promised, here is how the music box sounds on this German musical boudoir doll. The song is Rio Rita. Click on the arrow, below, to play the video. Click on the doll photo, above, to hear the 1927 version of the song, performed by The Haring Society Nightclub Orchestra.