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, June 19, 2016

June 6, 2016, Meeting

This month's program was on baby dolls, so these little darlings decorated the refreshments table.

Member Beverly Evans gave the program on this history of baby dolls.

As part of the program, she persuaded members to lend her pictures of themselves as infants and created a cute contest in which members tried to match the baby picture with the adult.

Beverly and other members brought a bevy of beautiful baby dolls to share.  There were antique babies. . . . 

vintage babies. . . . 

and modern dolls.

There were also baby dolls created by some of our talented members.  This big beautiful bisque doll was made and dressed by Mary McKenzie.

Faydra Jones made this little cloth cutie.

A basket of itty-bitty bisque babes, some old and some modern reproductions.

Members shared stories about some of their favorite baby dolls.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Updates on Our 2016 Show!

Our doll show page has been updated with information regarding our October 15, 2016, 41st Annual Doll Show and Sale, including downloadable vendor contracts!

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.