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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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

November 5, 2018, Meeting

A festive fall theme greeted the members. 


Member Beverly Evans did a program on Mold 390 dolls by Armand Marseille. Despite his French-sounding name, Marseille was born to a wealthy Russian family in St. Petersburg in 1856.  His family later settled in Germany. Marseille bought a porcelain factory in 1884 and by 1890 began producing bisque doll heads. He acquired several other small porcelain factories, becoming one of the most prolific doll producers in Germany.  Marseille decided to add a line of affordable play dolls and in the 1890s began production of the Mold 390, a socket head, and Mold 370, the shoulder head version.  These molds were produced in various sizes and quality, and can be found on a wide variety of bodies.   Beverly brought many examples from her collection.  










Mold 370 is the shoulder head version, typically found on a kid body with bisque lower arms.



Other members brought examples to share.  This big ball-jointed girl belongs to Myrna Loesch. . . 



as does this diminutive doll.


Elaine Jackson brought this pretty example in a lacy pinafore.


This all-original Belgium milkmaid is on a fully jointed body and is just 8 inches tall.


Sallie Howard brought these charming child dolls by Miroslava Brodlova of My Meadow Dolls for show and tell.













Thursday, November 8, 2018

October 13, 2018, Doll Show

Our October 13th doll show was a success thanks to our wonderful vendors and the hard work of club members.  Here is the club's charity booth, full of a variety of donated dolls looking for a good home, with the proceeds going to charity.



 Our special exhibit on the history of doll bodies greeted show goers.


The show offered a wide variety of dolls, from antique to contemporary, with something for every taste and budget.  There were bisque beauties. . . .



BJD belles. . . .



batches of Barbies. . . .


big dolls. . . . 


little dolls. . . . 


babies. . . .


bears. . . . 


holiday decorations. . . .



. . . . and a whole lot more!











Then we revealed was our extra-special secret door prize. . . .two American Girl dolls AND a huge assortment of accessories and clothing.





Thank you to all those who attended.  Sadly, the club has decided that because of the increasing costs, as well as all the work and time involved, this will be our final doll show, ending a 43-year tradition.