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, April 17, 2016

April 4, 2016, Meeting

Member Catherine Wright gave a program on the dolls inspired by child star, Shirley Temple, who began her film career in 1932, when she was only three years old.

The first Shirley Temple dolls were produced in composition in the 1930s by Ideal Dolls.

This is Baby Shirley with flirting eyes.  The babies came with molded hair, like this example, or with a wig.

Shirley Temple continues to inspire dolls.  The vinyl doll was produced in the 1970s and porcelain dolls have been made since the 1980s. 

Catherine brought examples of some of the many books featuring Shirley Temple.

Members brought their Shirley Temple dolls to share.  The photograph is of member Sharon Weintraub's mother as a child, posing with her Shirley Temple doll.

A wonderful all original composition doll, including her box.

Shirley Temple's image appeared on all sorts of merchandise, like these blue glass dishes.

Member Sylvia McDonald proudly displays her Shirley Temple doll.