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.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 1, 2013, Meeting

The members were greeted with patriotic decorations to get everyone in the mood for the upcoming Fourth.  Refreshments were hot dogs with all the trimmings!

Kathy Meador did a program on French Fashion dolls. Luxury toys produced from the 1850s through the 1880s, these elegant dolls could be oufitted with the extensive wardrobes and many accessories befitting a fine lady.

Kathy and other members brought exquisite examples of these lavish ladies.


A much later type of French fashion, this Edwardian lady was designed between 1915 to 1918 by Valentine Thompson in the workshop of Madame Leverrier.  Called "Pandore," these dolls were not made for children, but as decorative accessories for adults.  However, like the earlier French fashions, the Pandore were dressed in the latest fashions of the season.

Kathy brought many marvelous miniatures for display with her dolls.