Snow White-type by Minerva

I bet that title seems confusing, right?  You might be wondering why there isn’t a comma before “by Minerva,” and if you know me well, you’re probably wondering what would ever possess me to use a Roman deity name rather than a Greek one.  Well, there’s a good reason for all of it! 😀

Meet one of the oldest dolls I own.  I don’t know the exact year she was made, but she’s a copycat of Ideal and Knickerbocker’s Snow White dolls (Ideal’s actually was available in an African-American version, btw!), which were released in 1938 to tie in with Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so she’s likely from either 1939 or the early 1940s.  (Her dress is almost unquestionably home-made, and her shoes and socks probably aren’t original, either.)

As to why I said “by Minerva” in the title, I believe that’s the name of the company that manufactured her.  She’s entirely unmarked, but in looking at a book I have about composition dolls, in the section on Snow White-types, it showed one that had this same lazy hair painting, where they basically just airbrushed the back of the head and didn’t care if they got all the hair, and didn’t bother painting the bow.  That one was described as being by a company called Minerva, as having one bent arm, and being about 15 inches tall, all of which also applies to this doll.  The one pictured in the book wasn’t an African-American version, but the other factors all agreeing seems to me to be a strong indicator that I’m right about who manufactured this doll.

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An Apology, with Soul

Okay, maybe an “apology” as such isn’t really required.  Weekly feature posts are always done at the blogger’s discretion, and technically we aren’t required to apologize just for missing a day.  Technically.  But I still feel bad about it, especially since I had promised I was going to post more this month, and haven’t yet.

So, I’m sorry I missed yesterday’s “Blind Box Monday” post.  And please allow me to explain:

It starts out, of course, that it is that time of month, and a particularly bad one.  So, I’m a bit more hormonal than usual.  And when I was at the bookstore yesterday, I happened to find a new volume of one of my favorite manga, which I decided to read in the bath…and on the last two pages of the volume, it looked like my favorite character got shot in the face.  (Such violence is not super-common in that manga, but not as uncommon as I’d like.  However, the victim has never been such a long-standing character before; normally, if a good guy is killed, it’s someone who’s only just been set up in that arc.)  For the first time ever, I went to the publisher’s website and followed their links to buy a single chapter of the next volume (they publish them online now within days of their release in Japan, but at $2 a chapter for digital only, that more than a little sucks) because no way was I going to wait goodness only knows how long to find out if the author was just screwing with us and he was fine, or if it was a horrible, horrible, evil thing and he’d been killed.  It turned out to be a little of both:  he wasn’t killed, but over the process of that chapter his closest friend (my second favorite character) was brutally slaughtered, giving up his own life to protect him.  After I finished sobbing like a little child, I called my brother and went over to his place for pizza and light, funny stuff to distract me.  On getting back, I wasn’t in the right state of mind to try and communicate like a human being, so I forwent my Monday features on both blogs.

All right, so there’s the apology, but you’re probably wondering what’s particularly soulful about it.  Actually, nothing is at all.  Soul is the name of the doll I’m posting photos of today. ;P

She’s from Hasbro’s “World of Love” doll line from 1971, and her name is officially “Soul.”  Which, honestly, feels like racial stereotyping, but…well, it was the ’70s.  She arrived here naked, and although I actually happen to have a dress from a different World of Love doll (Flower’s, for those who are curious) I didn’t much care for the way it looked on this one.  So what she’s actually wearing is a vintage Skipper outfit called “Outdoor Casuals” from 1965-6.  (Which I bought specifically for Soul here, because I thought it would look good on her.  She needs different shoes, though; the World of Love dolls mostly seem to have worn big, colorful boots, so I should try to find her some of those to wear.)  The outfit’s actually a bit big on her, and if I”m not careful the top slides down so far off her shoulders that it becomes indecent.

She’s got a pretty face, don’t you think?  Though her rooted eyelashes don’t show up too well in the photo.  (Both photos link to the gallery that will eventually house all the photos for this month’s posts, and there are several more angles in there.)

Anyway, as I would have announced earlier if I’d been more on the ball, my plan for this month is to focus on African-American dolls in my collection, to celebrate Black History Month.  (Admittedly, some of the dolls are not remotely historical, but a few of them, like this one, are older than I am, so…that’s some history, anyway.)  I’ve got a lot of photos taken already (though I need more) because we’re doing an exhibit on African-American dolls at work right now, and I photographed a number of my own dolls to add some further variety to the exhibit.  But there are some I didn’t photograph, so I’ll want to photograph those, too.  Hopefully I’ll get to those photos soon…but even if I don’t, just the ones I took at work should easily carry me through most of the month. 🙂

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This post actually represents an error I made earlier.  But I’ll get to that in time.

A while back, I ordered a set of four Sonny Angels, each from a different animal series.  (An Amazon seller had the set of four at a discount, y’see.)


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Calling any “Revolutionary Girl Utena” Fans!

Desperate help is needed from fellow Utena fans!

There’s a Kickstarter going on right now for some really awesome enamel pins.  I’m not asking anyone to back them, though.  (Although if you like enamel pins and anime, you probably don’t want to miss these!)

From Kickstarter campaign. Click for link.

The pins are already fully funded, and they’ve unlocked the four designs shown above (in silhouette and skintone versions), which is all the campaign originally had planned.  So now there’s a vote for what the fifth and final design will be.

And this is where everyone else comes in.  The update with the poll is actually for backers only, so I can’t send you to it, which is a bit awkward.  I’ll just pass on the links contained within it, then.  The artist’s also polling on Instagram and Facebook, where I can’t vote, as I don’t have accounts with either site.

So, if anyone out there is on Instagram and Facebook and feels generous with their time, I’d like to beg them to go and vote for the Utena/Anthy pin to be the last design.

Because I totally need it.

I mean, like, to the point that as soon as I saw the first image, I thought “yeah, but if you’re doing stained glass, you should be doing Utena!”

(Yes, this has been utterly selfish and possibly a violation of the rules of the vote.  What’s your point?)

(LOL, you could also take up the grass roots plea for a Toya/Yukito design.  One person mentioned that as their true choice, and now at least two more of us have said “yup, I’d buy that.”)

Some dolly clothes that got skipped over…

In my utter failure to keep up with photography and blogging, some new outfits arrived, were worn, and got put away again without any fanfare.  Probably a lot of them, in fact.  I only have photos of three, one on Yuzu and two for Ivy.  I’m going to share them now, if only to break up the monotony a bit.

We’ll start with Yuzu’s ’80s rocker look:

It’s sort of an awkward photo, I know, but that’s because I literally just decided to snap a couple of pics right after I got her changed into it.

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