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, July 20, 2014

July 7, 2014, Meeting

In belated celebration of the Fourth of July, the refreshment theme was red, white, and blue.

Member Beverly Evans presented a slide show on Bru dolls from the United Federation of Doll Clubs.  She brought several examples of reproduction Bru dolls.

There was an example of the centerpiece the club was making for the "For the Love of Rag Dolls"  luncheon at the upcoming United Federation of Doll Clubs convention near San Antonio.

Members also brought items for sale.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Article in "Antique Doll Collector"

Member Sharon Weintraub has an article, entitled "Galluba and Hofmann, Always in Fashion," in the July 2014 edition of "Antique Doll Collector." The article concerns 1983 Nina Ricci advertisement featuring three seated elegant Edwardian ladies by Galluba and Hoffman, the fashion figurines by Galluba, and the famed British photographer, Angus McBean, who used them in advertising and his custom-made Christmas cards.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teach Your Children Well

In April, member Kathy Meador did an exhibit entitled "Dolls and Their Books" at Colt Elementary in Marble Falls, where she teaches.  The exhibit displayed dolls featured in children's fiction.

Young scholars (and, we hope, future doll collectors!) pause to appreciate Kathy's delightful literary exhibit.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Wonderful World of Dolls

On May 20, 2014, club member Sylvia McDonald created this colorful and creative display from her collection of international dolls for the Friendship International Culture Fair.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June 2, 2014, Meeting

The refreshments had a summer theme (this is what happens when you are late for social time!)

The club is sponsoring the "For the Love of Rag Dolls" luncheon at the upcoming United Federation of Doll Clubs convention in San Antonio, featuring a doll by doll artist Susan Fosnot.  As sponsor, the club is expected to provide centerpieces, favors, and menus.  Here Kathy Meador, the club's artistic director, instructs the members regarding what whimsical and wonderful creations she has planned.

Tables were laid out with all the necessary arts and crafts supplies.

Under Kathy's direction, the members get get to work.  The completed creations will be unveiled at the luncheon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

April Asian Doll Display

On April 6, 2014, club member Sylvia McDonald created this beautiful display of her Asian dolls for the Missions Banquet at First Baptist Church in Round Rock.
This charming child was created by doll artist Sissel Skille and  made in Germany by Gotz around 2004.  Called Rashanee, she represents a Thai hill tribe.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Donate a Doll and Do a Good Deed!

Got some old dolls and doll-related items taking up space in your garage or storage room?  Would you like to get rid of the clutter, get a possible tax deduction, AND help a good cause?  The Austin Doll Collectors Society will hold its 39th annual doll show on October 18th, and the club always sponsors a charity booth selling donated items, with all proceeds going to Austin SafePlace and the Austin Children's Shelter.  If you have CLEAN dolls or doll-related items in GOOD condition and would like to make a donation, contact Sharon Weintraub: (512) 323-9639,, or Elaine Jackson: (512) 832-5663,  We will arrange pick up and provide a donation form.  The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 5, 2014, Meeting

The meeting opened with a presentation from Josh Eggebeen regarding the creation of the Austin Toy Museum.  Still in the planning stage, the museum will feature toys, comics, and games from the golden age of toys (the 1960s through the 1990s), such as Barbie, GI Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, but also hopes to include earlier games and toys.

In addition to permanent and rotating displays and custom dioramas, the museum will include an arcade of classic video games and rare unique prototypes.  The hope is to create not only one of the largest toy museums in the country, but also an educational resource and fun destination for toy lovers and families.

Josh discussed the current Kickstarter campaign, which seeks to raise $20,000 in seed money to cover start-up costs for the non-profit museum.  The campaign offers a wide variety of unique and fun gifts for donations, from tee-shirts to a custom-built diorama for the donor's favorite toys.

Member Mary McKenzie presented a program on Lilly, an early French fashion doll manufactured by Marie Antoinette Leontine Rohmer, who operated her workshop in Paris from 1857 through 1880.

Mary brought a reproduction Lilly that she made and dressed.

Mary's program took the form of a story told from the perspective of Lilly.

Members also brought dolls for sale.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014, Meeting

This month was the club's annual swap meet.  Members brought a wide variety of offerings to sell or trade.

Some dolls were nearly mint. . . .

and some were more "fixer-uppers."

Kathy Meador brought a variety of genuine children's cowboy boots.  The boots will be the centerpieces for the luncheon the club is sponsoring at the upcoming United Federation of Doll Clubs convention near San Antonio.  Members were asked to take a pair and, using fabric blossoms, create a bouquet of Texas wildflowers in one boot.