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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 2, 2016, Meeting

The refreshment table celebrated May flowers.

Member Faydra Jones gave a program on the history of paper dolls.

Members shared paper dolls from their collections.  These articulated dolls were made by Dennison Manufacturing Company, a paper manufacturer that specialized in crepe paper and decorative goods.

The dolls came with multiple fashionable costumes printed on crepe paper.

An original one-of-a-kind hand drawn and colored paper doll by member Kathy Meador.

Paper doll books like these once entertained little girls for hours.

These delightful paper dolls, belonging to member Sue Smith, were designed to educate children about people in foreign lands.

These reproduction paper dolls are also educational, providing information about the past.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 4, 2016, Meeting

Member Catherine Wright gave a program on the dolls inspired by child star, Shirley Temple, who began her film career in 1932, when she was only three years old.

The first Shirley Temple dolls were produced in composition in the 1930s by Ideal Dolls.

This is Baby Shirley with flirting eyes.  The babies came with molded hair, like this example, or with a wig.

Shirley Temple continues to inspire dolls.  The vinyl doll was produced in the 1970s and porcelain dolls have been made since the 1980s. 

Catherine brought examples of some of the many books featuring Shirley Temple.

Members brought their Shirley Temple dolls to share.  The photograph is of member Sharon Weintraub's mother as a child, posing with her Shirley Temple doll.

A wonderful all original composition doll, including her box.

Shirley Temple's image appeared on all sorts of merchandise, like these blue glass dishes.

Member Sylvia McDonald proudly displays her Shirley Temple doll.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 7, 2016, Meeting

In honor of the upcoming Saint Patrick's Day, green was the theme of the refreshments table.

Sharon Weintraub did a program on the tiny bisque dolls dressed in intricate crocheted costumes, most attributed to the German companies of Carl Horn Nachf and Hertwig and Company.  This diminutive dolls are 1.5 to 1.75 inches tall.

To display these miniature marvels, Sharon uses Riker mount display cases, typically used to display butterflies and other insect specimens.  The cases come with glass fronts and can be purchased with hooks on the back, so that they can be hung in a wall.

Horn dolls in their original boxes, next to crocheted animals by this company.    A very unusual Puss in Boots is in the upper left corner. 

The animals were created by covering little bisque dolls with crochet. 

Other members brought dolls for show and tell.

Rebecca Richards  shared these petite cuties by Hertwig.  The molded booties with white pom-poms are typical for this company.

Johnsie Bryan brought these more modern miniatures, including a itty-bitty Barbie and a tiny version of a Barbie house.

Catherine Wright displayed a collection of diminutive German dolls.  Some are all bisque, while others have composition bodies. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February 1, 2016, Meeting

In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, these little sweethearts in red and white finery adorned the refreshments table.

Kathy Meador gave a program on dolls and their wardrobe trunks.  Here she shows a Ken doll in his original carrying case, with hangers and drawers for clothes and accessories.

A Madame Alexander Cissy poses with her portmanteau packed with fashionable finery.

Little 8 inch hard plastic girls from the 1950s with their wonderful wardrobes.  

Two Mary Hoyer dolls share this trunk full of their dresses and accessories.

Two French beauties proudly pose by their antique wooden trunks.

This open trunk reveals the French fashion's ample trousseau.

This Tammy doll by Ideal was created as competition for Barbie, and had almost as extensive a wardrobe.

Other members also shared examples of dolls with their trunks.  Elaine Jackson brought a Schoenhut doll with her wooden trunk,

as well as a little wooden  Hitty with her tiny trunk and sea chest.

Nancy Countryman brought examples of carrying cases from her extensive vintage Barbie collection, including this scarce case.  When Barbie is seated inside, she appears to be flying the plane.  The other side features an automobile.