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Grande Dame

Nice French Boudoir Doll! Click on the photo to access the eBay France web site.

Boudoir Doll Smoker

Boudoir Doll Smoker

The Clothes Make the Girl!

Sue made this jumper, using a vintage pattern. You can find this pattern and others on-line. There's a seller that has patterns you can download. There is also a seller that has hard copies for sale. Check out Etsy and eBay.


 I bought this composition/cloth Anita-type - has anyone discovered which of these type dolls are actually Anita Novelty Company and which are other manufacturers? After all these years, I still don't know. I believe the ones with the double eyeliner are Gerling. Not sure if that's still the belief or not.

 I added a double row of rhinestone trim and fluffed up her hair in front. The rest of her wig is too glued down to fluff. I added boudoir doll shoes I had stashed away. 

 I felt she still needed more flapperizing, so I added a vintage faux pearl necklace and another glass necklace, as well as a coat I had that was made a few years ago. She's quite the flapper  now! And, as I always like, these things I've added can be removed and do not alter …

Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection - Collecting

When you first collect, the process seems to include a lot of collecting! But, I think that's the only way to know which part of a particular collection you like best. There are all sorts of boudoir dolls; composition, cloth, felt, chamois, silk-covered, different styles, and several manufacturers and countries that produced these dolls. 

The whole reason for collecting is it's fun. So, enjoy your collection!

Lovely Jean Harlow

I think this is one of the nicer photos of Jean Harlow.

Gloria Swanson, Film "Male and Female" 1919

Gloria Swanson, Film "Male and Female" 1919

Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection - During the Process

I forgot to mention something that might help the downsizing process. Set  the number of dolls you wish to keep. It doesn't have to be much, say 10% if your collection is large. Let's use 25% for the example. So, if you have 100 dolls, your goal would be to sell 25 dolls. Seems daunting, but, take your time. Choose 5 dolls. Then, another 5 until you're near the 25 dolls sold. Once you reach your goal, it's time to see how you feel about your collection. You might be satisfied with 75 or wish to do more. If you wish to sell more, set the next goal. 
During the process, rearrange your dolls. You should find, as you have more space, you can see a little clearer what your favorites are and how you want to display them. Like I stated, in the previous blog post, my decision-making tool changed as I progressed through my collection. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion, I prefer Lenci Fadettes, and smokers, in general.


Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection, Part III

'People think curating just means choosing nice things' What is a "nice thing?"Like everything else, it's a personal preference. Not all people think that something is nice. In fact, quite a few people have described my boudoir/art dolls as "creepy" and "scary."  So, when you collect anything, the important thing is that YOU like it. It doesn't matter what other people think. You're the one that's enjoying it in the privacy of your home. Of course, when you're sharing that home, you might have to endure the endless sighing and eye rolling when another doll arrives. Just make sure they all know that when "Mama's happy, everyone is happy." Tagged Munecas Pages Madrid

Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection, Part II

I found the perfect house 10 year ago. It has a "hobby room" that is perfect for the dolls. I was able to keep the dolls in one room, with door closed so the cat can't get in. But, that only gave me the excuse I could buy more dolls! And, as you can see in the photos, it didn't help too much displaying them. I guess I just don't have any talent in displaying my dolls. 
What's cool about the room is it has a built-in display case. That did help a lot, but, again, when you have 150 dolls, it's pretty much DOLLS. Most of the dolls in the photos have sold. 

Just realize, it's going to take time. Be patient, and choose just a few to sell at a time. It'll eventually happen. And, you'll be able to enjoy the remainder of your collection a whole lot more. It took me many years to figure that out.

Now, that I've been able to reduce the collection, the room looks a lot different! There are still dolls, but they're mostly in the display cabinet and…

Topic #1 - Curating/Downsizing a Collection, Part I

Although, I have personal experience with this topic, I wasn't sure how to begin. So, I'll let these photos tell part of the story.

 When your house gets to looking like this, it's time to downsize! I had over 100 dolls in my bedroom, about 50 in my home office, 30 in my living room, and 20 in another room, plus another 15 in my laundry room! and more dolls here and there in every room. It got to the point, there was no place to sit! These photos don't give you a true idea of what it looked like. I had about 250 dolls all over my house! 


Having a lot of dolls wouldn't be so bad if I knew how to display them. There were just too many for the size of the house, I hadn't a clue how to display them correctly. It became overwhelming instead of aesthetically pleasing.
I opened up a shop on Ruby Lane, and I not only sold a lot of my dolls, but sold other collector's dolls, too. It kept me very busy for 7 years. 
You'd think that selling a bunch of dolls would mak…

The Reluctant Pierrot

The only ones smiling in this photo are the girls! Poor Pierrot had to be dragged to the photographer's studio, apparently.

Kids, Don't Try This at Home!

Here is a French postcard of a girl lighting a boudoir doll's cigarette.

From Buenos Aires, Argentina with Love - Followup

I found my photo of the Celia Gamez doll, and she's not the same as the ones that appear in the photo that I blogged about on June 9, 2016, so the hunt is on to figure out the type of dolls that appear in that photo......unless someone knows - if so, please let me know - and a photo of one would be great!

Blog Requests - Help!

It's been about four years since I've been active on this blog. I had run out of ideas and felt I had nothing more to offer. Well, that's about to change!

I've begun, very slowly, to blog again at the request of several people. Thanks! I think....ha, ha. 

And, I'm challenged because there are a couple of topics I have no clue so I'm going to do some research. In fact, that is what I'm working on, among other things. Before I address these four subjects, I'm going to have to research and gather all the photos and info if I'm to do this right. And, mostly important, I'm going to need your help! 

In the meantime, I'm re-scanning my old photos, and I want to organize them so that is going to take me quite awhile to do. 

The photo of Joan Marsh is one of those photos. I thought she could help me let you know what I'm planning to blog about. 

I have personal experience with downsizing dolls, so I'm not too worried about that subject. 

Photograph…

French Suede-Faced "Jane"

This is a French "suede-faced" chamois Jane doll.

Ted Lewis and His Band - Glad Rag Doll 1928

Glad Rag Doll

I had been looking for an undressed doll because I had this gorgeous outfit, made by Sue Uhlherr, made from the vintage pattern, below. 
I found her! Check out how outrageously VAMP she is! 
It is important, if these boudoir dolls need an outfit, to dress them true to their era. Using these vintage patterns is the best way to go. I found them on Etsy, as a download, or eBay. And, don't forget to use appropriate fabric; satin, silk, cotton; natural fabrics, no synthetics.





  Little painted lady with your lovely clothes
Where are you bound for may I ask? What your diamonds cost you everybody knows
All the world can see behind your mask Old doll and in black rags
Tomorrow may turn to sad rags
They call her glad rag doll Admired, desired by lovers who soon grow tired
Poor little glad rag doll You just a pretty toy they like to play with
You're not the kind they choose to grow old and grey with Don't make this the end here
It's never too late to mend you
Poor little glad rag d…

From Buenos Aires, Argentina with Love

This photo is from Argentina, and the dolls remind me of a Celia Gamez doll, if my memory serves me correctly. I tried to find photos of a Celia Gamez doll that I once had, but can't find it. I thought I had blogged her, too, but so far, no luck. Anyway, not sure they are, which is why I wanted to see the photos.......if anyone has those dolls, I'd love to post them, and I can see if these dolls are similar. 
Notice that a couple of them have cigarettes! (click the photo, below, to enlarge)

Incense Burner

Gwili Andre

Lenci Doll

1920s Art Deco Mannequin Fashion Catalog Photo Vogue (#2) Modern ~ Fashionweek

1920s Art Deco Mannequin Fashion Catalog Photo Vogue (#1) Modern ~ Fashionweek

What a Marvelous Age We Live In!