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!).
AUSTIN DOLL COLLECTORS SOCIETY
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.