Archive for November, 2010

I’m back to work today after the long holiday weekend and it looks like this little gal is too! She’s working on cleaning the laundry that piled up over the Thanksgiving holiday! Much like my Siamese, her tabby cat is trying to help but is actually getting in the way!

I found this doll in an antique store in Waltham, MA. She is a 1940’s composition beauty! She is unmarked besides a number “13″ on her back but looks a lot like an Arranbee doll. If you’d like to have her to come and live with you and do *your* laundry, she’s for sale on EBay! Click on the link to my auctions at the top of this page.


I found this wonderful Raphael Tuck “Father Christmas” book when I was out antiquing today!  It contains beautiful lithographs and is full of holiday spirit.  It has been dearly loved by its previous owner and was probably read many times during the holiday season every year.

Raphael Tuck is one of my favorite Victorian children’s book publishers.  The warm illustrations and rich quality of the lithography are unmatched.  The UNT Library posted the following information about Tuck on their site:

Raphael Tuck was the first of the Germans to begin to make a name for himself in novelty books. He moved from Germany to England as a young man, working initially as a furniture maker. In 1866, he opened a small shop selling and framing pictures and chromolithographs, which were printed mostly in Germany. He also sold materials from a wheelbarrow in the streets of London. 

In 1870, his sons joined him to open a publishing business in London. Their productions included special paper items such as cards, puzzles, and paper dolls. Before Raphael Tuck’s retirement in 1882, he became a British citizen and the official Publisher to Queen Victoria.

The Tuck firm helped to perpetuate Raphael Tuck’s amiable disposition by the publication of children’s books under the title Father Tuck.

I think Frances Brundage may have done the illustrations for this book.  In any case, it is ADORABLE!  It will be listed for sale on EBay tomorrow.  Click the link at the top of the page to my auctions to check out the auction!

A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  Enjoy this photo from 1934 of the first Mickey Mouse Balloon to float above the streets of NYC in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade!

Remember all of your blessings today!

I was intrigued by this set of Elsie Dinsmore paper dolls when I spotted it on an online British antique store! It is not your average paper doll set but was used to advertise actual dresses for sale at a General Store in Belgrade, Montana. The back of each of the paper doll dresses specifies the style number of the dress that could be purchased.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Elsie Dinsmore, she is a fictional character created by Martha Finley and whose story was told through a series of books written between 1867 and 1905. In the beginning of the series, Elsie is living with her wealthy paternal grandfather because her mother died during childbirth. She encounters many trials and tribulations along her journey but her strong faith in God carries her through. The series encompasses her whole life – beginning when she’s a child and following her through adulthood.

I found an image from a 1916 newspaper that advertises this set of paper dolls at a Missouri store called “Rogers Dry Goods.” It seems like these paper dolls, and the dresses they advertised, were carried in a number of stores across the country.

I love the small details of this set! One dress includes a Kewpie Doll and another, a Teddy Bear. I wish that today’s print advertising was as irresistibly charming!

Here’s a striking image of two girls – definitely sisters, possibly twins – holding their beautiful and large bisque dolls! 

The dolls look very much like the Schoenau and Hoffmeister mold 5500 doll in my mom’s collection that belonged to my great-grandmother, Thelma, when she was a girl.  (I’ll attach a photo of Thelma since she was a lovely lady.  I’m complimented when people tell me I resemble her!).

The photo of the twin girls is from a seller on Etsy who sells wonderful images of children with their playthings!  Check out her shop at this link: Maclancy on Etsy