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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 6, 2017, Meeting

Member Elaine Jackson gave her program on the founding of the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). She explained that NIADA was founded in 1963 by a small group of doll artists lead boy Helen Bullard. Bullard, who hand carved wooden dolls to help support her family, had met other dolls artists, including Gertrude Florian, Magge Head, and Fawn Zeller, at the annual United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) conventions. In 1952, Bullard and several other artists rented space near the convention to display their dolls, attracting a lot of interest among doll collectors.  NIADA artists work in a wide variety of material, creating dolls that are meant to be art objects, not children' playthings.  Elaine also discussed Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA), founded in 1976.  She brought many examples of dolls by past and current NIADA and ODACA artists.

These dolls were carved by Bullard.

Another of Elaine's favorites,  Mikodamus by Magge Head Kane, another founding member of NIADA.

Another hand carved wooden doll, but by artist Floyd Bell who belongs to both organizations.  She represents Jane Pittman.

A Texas Santa by Joyce Patterson, a member of ODACA.

Other members brought examples of NIADA and ODACA creations to share.

University of Texas journalism students Dani Matias and Ashley discussed their proposal to make a short two-minute film on doll collecting for a class project.  Several members agreed to be interviewed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 2, 2017, Meeting

The club greeted the new year with a wonderful presentation by member Jenell Howell on Parsons-Jackson dolls.  According to Jenell, the Parsons-Jackson company started manufacturing dolls in 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. The dolls were supposedly modeled after "real babies" and made from a sturdier kind of celluloid called "Biskoline". The company slogan was "Kant Krak." The dolls were made in both black and white, some with bare feet and some with molded and painted shoes and socks. They came as either an 11.5 inch long baby or a 14 inch tall toddler.  (Thanks to Albert Jester for the excellent photographs!).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Party

On December 12, 2016, Bette Birdsong generously opened her beautiful home for the club's annual Christmas Party.  Every room was festively decorated. 

Bette's home is adorned inside and out!

Members brought a wide variety of tasty treats for the potluck buffet.

Members enjoying good food and company!

Some members added a little extra holiday spirit by distributing special goodies.  Here Brenda Kay White passes out presents.

Myrna Loesch shares some holiday cheer.

The evening ended with the club's gift exchange.  

This adorable angel, made by member Faydra Jones, is dressed in vintage materials and lace.

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.