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.

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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 3, 2017, Meeting

Member Myrna Loesch gave a program on Lissy dolls by Madame Alexander

Madame Alexander created Cissy, a fashion doll with an adult female body, in 1955.  The next year, Alexander introduced Lissy.  Unlike Cissette, who was a miniature version of Cissy, Lissy was intended to be Cissy's teenaged sister, with a more youthful face and slimmer figure.  Here three Lissy dolls serve as bridesmaids for a Cissy bride.

From 1956 through 1958, Lissy had a hard plastic body with jointed elbows and knees and arched feet for high heels, like her big sister Cissy.  The dolls had glued on wigs and molded eyelashes.  Lissy dolls were not marked, but their extensive wardrobe carried the Alexander label.  After 1958, Alexander continued to use the Lissy face for a wide variety of characters, but the dolls had flat feet and straight arms and legs.

Lissy came in a variety of outfits or she could be purchased in just her teddy and stockings and her trousseau purchased separately.  There were also sets dressed like the characters from Louisa May Alcott's book, "Little Women."

Some Lissy outfits matched those of larger Alexander dolls.  Here Lissy wears the same costume as Elise.

Other members bought examples of Lissy dolls from their collections for sharing.