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, November 11, 2016

October 15th Doll Show!

The Austin Doll Collectors Society held its 41st Annual Doll Show and Sale on October 15, 2016.  Here are a few scenes from the show. . . . 

Even a teddy bear needs a little caffeine first thing in the morning. . . . 

Bevies of antique bisque beauties. . . .

cuties in composition. . . . 

big bright-eyed babies. . . . 

a flirtatious flapper. . . . 

boxes of Barbies. . . . 

unique artistic creations. . . . 

bjd belles. . . . 

bargain bins. . . .

and dolls of every age and description.

There were colorful curls, couture clothing, and haute hats for any doll that needed a new look.

The club's charity booth offered donated dolls with proceeds helping support local charities.

This dealer shared some Halloween spirit (and candy!).

This year the club sponsored hourly "Doll Secrets" presentations, which covered a wide range of doll-oriented topics.  

Member Sharon Weintraub began the day with a presentation discussing how to differentiate authentic antique all bisque dolls from modern fakes coming out of Germany.  Can you tell which two dolls in this picture are the only authentic antiques?

(Answer: The little boy in the yellow and red outfit at the bottom left and the little brown and white cat in the upper right.)

Eno Manley generously gave two talks on bjds.

Member Brenda Kay White updated us on the latest in the popular American Girl dolls.  Other presentations discussed doll restringing and hat making.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It's a Set Up!

On October 15, 2016, the Austin Doll Collectors held its 41st Annual Doll Show and Sale. These pictures are a sneak peek from setting up of the show on the evening before.  Here members fill up the club's charity booth with a vast array of donated dolls.  Proceeds from the charity booth go to SafePlace of Austin, a domestic violence shelter, and the Austin Children's Shelter.

The dealers start setting up their booths.  What treasures are currently hidden in those boxes?!

Dolls begin appears on shelves.

A bevy of beautiful babies looking for new homes.

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.