The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 6, 2017, Meeting

 In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's day, the theme of the refreshment table was appropriately green.

Member Sharon Weintraub did a program on cat dolls, antique to modern.  This is an early all-bisque toy.

These widely-grinning cats were made in Germany by Gebruder Heubach in the 1910s.

A collection of cats by the German maker Hertwig and Company.  The all-bisque cats wear their original crocheted clothing, while the pussy cat in pink has a cloth body.

Two tiny cats by Carl Horn, created by covering a miniature all-bisque doll in crochet.  The kitty in the cape is Puss in Boots.

This is Felix the Cat made in wood by Schoenhut.  Schoenhut received the patent for Felix, which it produced in a variety of sizes, in 1925.

This is Tag, an all-bisque character doll designed by American artist Georgene Averill in 1927.

Both of these cats are modern BJD anthro dolls. The cat wearing her original black pinafore is Persi, part of a Zuzu Delf series of anthropomorphic dolls by Luts, a South Korean manufacturer. She dates from 2007. The tabby cat is Scratch was created by American doll artist Sarah Seiter in 2012.

This is a limited edition Steiff creation. She is the Pussy Cat Croupier from the company’s 2015 Casino Royale series.

Although they look like antiques, these two cats are modern fantasy pieces cobbled together out of old parts dug up around the sites of old porcelain factories in Germany.   Sadly, such dolls are often misrepresented by shady sellers as rare antiques and sometimes sell for hundreds of dollars! 

Other members also brought cat dolls to share.  This doll, part of the popular Monster High series, belongs to Jenell Howell.

More cat dolls from Jenell.  The larger is an anthro BJD from Pipos and Jenell made the tiny cloth kitty.

This is Madame Alexander Cowardly Lion belongs to member Nancy Countryman.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Date and New Location for 2017 Doll Show!

Our 42nd Annual Doll Show and Sale will be on October 14, 2017, at a new location, Williamson Conference Center just behind the Wingate by Wyndham in Round Rock.  More information and an updated Doll Show Page are coming!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 6, 2017, Meeting

Member Elaine Jackson gave her program on the founding of the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). She explained that NIADA was founded in 1963 by a small group of doll artists lead boy Helen Bullard. Bullard, who hand carved wooden dolls to help support her family, had met other dolls artists, including Gertrude Florian, Magge Head, and Fawn Zeller, at the annual United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) conventions. In 1952, Bullard and several other artists rented space near the convention to display their dolls, attracting a lot of interest among doll collectors.  NIADA artists work in a wide variety of material, creating dolls that are meant to be art objects, not children' playthings.  Elaine also discussed Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA), founded in 1976.  She brought many examples of dolls by past and current NIADA and ODACA artists.

These dolls were carved by Bullard.

Another of Elaine's favorites,  Mikodamus by Magge Head Kane, another founding member of NIADA.

Another hand carved wooden doll, but by artist Floyd Bell who belongs to both organizations.  She represents Jane Pittman.

A Texas Santa by Joyce Patterson, a member of ODACA.

Other members brought examples of NIADA and ODACA creations to share.

University of Texas journalism students Dani Matias and Ashley discussed their proposal to make a short two-minute film on doll collecting for a class project.  Several members agreed to be interviewed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 2, 2017, Meeting

The club greeted the new year with a wonderful presentation by member Jenell Howell on Parsons-Jackson dolls.  According to Jenell, the Parsons-Jackson company started manufacturing dolls in 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. The dolls were supposedly modeled after "real babies" and made from a sturdier kind of celluloid called "Biskoline". The company slogan was "Kant Krak." The dolls were made in both black and white, some with bare feet and some with molded and painted shoes and socks. They came as either an 11.5 inch long baby or a 14 inch tall toddler.  (Thanks to Albert Jester for the excellent photographs!).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Party

On December 12, 2016, Bette Birdsong generously opened her beautiful home for the club's annual Christmas Party.  Every room was festively decorated. 

Bette's home is adorned inside and out!

Members brought a wide variety of tasty treats for the potluck buffet.

Members enjoying good food and company!

Some members added a little extra holiday spirit by distributing special goodies.  Here Brenda Kay White passes out presents.

Myrna Loesch shares some holiday cheer.

The evening ended with the club's gift exchange.  

This adorable angel, made by member Faydra Jones, is dressed in vintage materials and lace.