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.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Night at the Opera

The first of the KMFA "On Key, OffBeat" promotions picturing our club's very photogenic Mary McKenzie (as well as many, many dolls of our members) was spotted at the Long Center's production of the opera, "The Manchurian Candidate."

October 3, 2016, Meeting

Member Pam Wolf gave a program on the history of dollhouses.  Here she is sharing a favorite book, Big Susan by Elizabeth Orton Jones.  Written in 1947, the book tells the story of the Doll family, a family of dolls who live in a dollhouse that belongs to a little girl named Susan (or "Big Susan" as the dolls call her).  

Pam brought a large variety of doll-sized and dollhouse furniture from her collection.  

Two diminutive dwellings that could serve as a dollhouse for a little doll or in a larger dollhouse.

Pam brought photographs of the Faith Bradford dollhouse, residing in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, as well as pictures of her own dollhouse.

Member Myrna Loesch shared some marvelous miniature furniture that was purchased in 1930 from the Marshall Field's department store in Chicago.

Member Beverly Evans displayed some diminutive dolls that would certainly be at home in a dollhouse.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Exciting Schedule for Doll Show!

Check out the schedule for our October 15th doll show, including our hourly "Doll Secrets" presentations, which cover hints on how to tell authentic antique all-bisque dolls from modern fakes, ball jointed dolls, American Girl dolls, restringing dolls, and hat making for dolls.

Monday, September 12, 2016

On Key, Off Beat

As posted previously on this blog, our club was selected to take part in a promotional campaign for  KMFA, Austin's public radio classical music station, entitled "On Key, Off Beat."  On July 7, 2016, we participated in a photo session at our usual meeting place, with many members generously lending their dolls and our very photogenic Mary McKenzie patiently posing.  The introductory print ad is now out. 

September 5, 2016, Meeting

 Because September 5th was Labor Day, we could not meet at our usual spot and member Sylvia McDonald generously opened her beautiful home to us.  She gave a program on the Gotz Doll Company and their artist dolls.

Sylvia began with a short history of artist dolls.  She explained that in the early 1900s Marian Kaulitz in Germany began creating dolls that looked like real children.  About the same time, also in Germany, Kathe Kruse began producing cloth dolls.  She wanted dolls with faces that allowed children to project their own feelings during play.  Here a little boy by Kathe Kruse stands next to a German bisque doll with the typical "dolly face."

German makers also created bisque dolls with more realistic faces, like these antique baby dolls.

Sylvia told us that Gotz was established in Germany in 1950.  In 1964, Gotz entered into an agreement with Swiss doll artist Sasha Morgenthaler, creating the first reproductions of original artist dolls in the world.  However, Morgenthaler was not satisfied with the dolls produced by Gotz and a few years later she transferred the making of her dolls to a company in England.  Gotz again produced Sasha dolls from 1994 to 2001.  The little blonde girl is one of the later Gotz Sashas while the red-haired girl belongs to the earlier Gotz production line.

Over the years, Gotz has entered into agreements with a number of doll artists to produce limited edition dolls.  These were designed for Gotz by Sylvia Natterer.

More artists dolls produced by Gotz. The little girl in pink with blonde pigtails is "Mareike" was designed by Joke Grobben.  The two dolls to her left are both by Sissel Skille.  The wistful girl in the center is Tora and next to her, in a colorful ethic costume, is Rashanee, who represents a Thai hill tribe.

This is "Liddy," designed by Elisabeth Lindner.

Gotz also produces well-made play dolls.

Other members brought artist dolls to share.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Exciting News About Our Upcoming Doll Show!

Be sure to visit our web page "Austin Doll Show" for all the latest information on our upcoming doll show. In addition to antique, vintage, and collectible items being offered by our wonderful vendors, this show will feature special programs on a wide variety of doll topics . Plus, buying a ticket to our show entitles you to two free doll appraisals at the show by one of our knowledgable members!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 1, 2016, Meeting

Our August program was a swap meet, with members bringing dolls and other items to sell or trade.

Three lady dolls representing very different eras.

A saucy sailor eyes a long and lithe boudoir doll.

There were furnishings for nearly any size of doll.

Two fabric fairies in an enchanted woodland setting by the talented Faydra Jones.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ready for Our Close- Up

KMFA, Austin's public radio classical music station, is preparing a new promotion.  Playing on the famous "Keep Austin Weird" motto, designed to promote Austin's creative community and local businesses, KMFA's promotion is entitled "On Key, Off Beat."  Archer Malmo, the advertising firm in charge of the campaign, sought out unusual Austin organizations and reached out to our doll club.  On July 7, 2016, we participated in a photo session at our usual meeting place.  The call went out to members to bring a wide variety of dolls, and as many as possible.  Many members generously lent their dolls. 

With help from members, the crew began creating the illusion of a cosy room with an abundant and overflowing doll collection.

Prominently displayed in the center was this ultra-cool vintage radio, no doubt tuned to KMFA.

Our photogenic member, Mary McKenzie, volunteered to be the representative for our club. 

A wardrobe change, and Mary is ready to play the part of a doll collector seated in her doll room, enjoying a cup of tea and listening to her favorite classical music station. 

The photographer directing Mary. 

After a series of photos, the photographer and crew review the pictures.

 Mary sits patiently while the dolls are rearranged to ensure the best photographic results.

Afterwards, members of the photography crew could not resist posing with their favorite doll.

Member Jes Hawkins also joined in.

We are told the promotion will roll out sometime in the fall.  Everyone is looking forward to seeing the end result!