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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sneak Preview of Tomorrow's Show!

Tonight our wonderful vendors were all hard at work tonight unpacking their wares and setting up their booths for tomorrow's show. 

Here our president, Faydra Jones, helps organize our club's charity booth.  The booth sells donated dolls and doll-related items, with the proceeds going to SafePlace of Austin and the Austin Children's Shelter.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meet Nanea!

Nanea Mitchell is the newest American Girl.  She is a Hawaiian Girl from 1941 and you have a 
chance to win her at our upcoming doll show (just the basic Nanea doll herself is being offered as the prize).  Again, thank you American Girl for your generous donation!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thank You American Girl!

More exciting news about our upcoming doll show! American Girl will be donating a doll; don't know yet which doll or whether he or she will be offered as a raffle or door prize, so watch this blog for updates. One of the free doll presentations being given at the show will also be about American Girl dolls. Thank you again American Girl for your most generous gift!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Our Doll Show is Coming Up!

Oh, the thrill of finding that special doll! And there will be plenty of special dolls at our 42nd Annual Doll Show and Sale!

Here a 14-inch tall Emile Jumeau smiles sweetly at her own special doll, a 6-inch tall barefoot all-bisque girl. Both dolls are all original and the original box for the all-bisque girl carries the label for a Paris “Magasin de Jouets d’Enfants” (store of toys for children).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More on Our October 14, 2017, Doll Show and Sale!

An 11-inch tall Jumeau reads your fortune in the cards. She is marked “2” on her head, body, and cork pate. Clearly good fortune will be yours when you attend our upcoming doll show!

More news about our show! Lucille's Catering will be selling will be hot and cold foods, as well as drinks and treats, right there at the show. Selections include sandwiches (both cold and hot), box lunches that include chips and a freshly baked dessert, and vegetarian options of spaghetti and veggie ball cup or fruit cup. No need to leave for breakfast or lunch, so more time for browsing and shopping!…

Monday, September 4, 2017

August 7, 2017, Meeting

 Member Sallie Howard gave a program on 10.5 inch tall fashion dolls.

She explained that these dolls first became popular in 1957 with the introduction of Cissette by Madame Alexander.  Many companies produced little fashion ladies in this size range, including Toni by American Character, Coty Girl by Arranbee, Little Miss Ginger by Cosmopolitan, Little Miss Debutante by Eegee, Cindy by Horsman, Miss Nancy Ann by Nancy Ann Storybook, and Jill by Vogue.

An example of Cissette.

This is Coty Girl with her original box.  Like Little Miss Revlon and Toni, Coty Girl was part of an advertising campaign.

These are example of Little Miss Revlon dolls.

The doll in striking stripes is an example of Toni.  

Companies often produced the same outfit in different sizes to create mother and daughter pairs.

Vogue created Jill, who is dressed for the hop and her brother Jeff, in the cowboy outfit.

Fashion dolls in this size range are still being produced.  Madame Alexander has reissued Cissette as a fashion doll (example below) and Robert Tonner created Tiny Kitty Collier.

Other members displayed examples from their collections.

Pam Wolf, who attended the 2017 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention, gave a short report on the convention and showed some of the dolls and gifts she acquired there.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

News About Our October 14th Doll Show!

More exciting news about our upcoming October 14th doll show!  We will have several free presentations on dolls and a display and demonstration of antique and vintage automatons.  The display will include this Bébé au Polichinelle by the Leopold Lambert, circa 1895.  The crying character head is Mold 211 by Jumeau.  When wound, the little girl raises and lowers her broken doll, then sadly turns her head and wipes her eyes with her handkerchief.   


Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 3, 2017, Meeting

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July, the refreshments were as American as apple pie. 

Member Beverly Evans gave a program on the history of boy dolls.  In the 1800s there were few male dolls, most simply a doll dressed as a man or boy and often serving as the groom for a bride doll or dressed as a soldier or sailor.  The introduction of character dolls by German manufacturers resulted in dolls modeled to be specifically boys. 

Beverly brought many examples of antique and contemporary boy dolls from her collection.

Dolls dressed as brother and sister pairs have long been popular.

Members also brought boy dolls to share.

Brenda Kaye White introduces Logan, the first boy doll created by American Girl.

Sallie Howard displays two boy dolls from Mattel.

Elaine Jackson brought this boy doll by pioneering doll artist Emma Clear.   Clear operated the Humpty Dumpty Doll Clinic in Los Angeles, where she repaired and restored dolls.  Unable to find parts for antique dolls, she began to reproducing her own, and started in the 1930s offering a variety of reproduction bisque and china dolls.  Although Clear is best known for her reproduction dolls, she also created her own character dolls, like this handsome boy.

Myrna Loesch shares Cotton Joe, an early Black character doll by Horsman.

Jennell Howell told us about Buddy Lee, an advertising doll manufactured  for the H. D. Lee Company, the maker of Lee Jeans from the 1920s though the early 1960s.  Buddy Lee dolls came dressed in detailed miniatures of Lee garments representing a variety of occupations.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Updates to Our Doll Show Page, Including Contracts!

Check our updated page regarding our October 14, 2017, doll show, including links to downloadable dealer contracts and letters!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 1, 2017, Meeting

Suitable for spring, members Beverly Evans and Peggy Lenke did a program on hat making.  Members were invited to bring dolls in need of a new chapeau. An array of finished hats was on display to provide inspiration. 

Beverly and Peggy provided bevies of bouquets. . . .

rolls of ribbon, and plenty of plumes (including feathers from Beverly's own chickens!) for amateur milliners. . . .

as well as the hats themselves, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Selecting the chapeau.

Picking the flowers.

Millinery in motion.