Patsy dolls were made by Effanbee from 1928 to 1946 in a variety of sizes. I haven’t actually measured this one (and the seller mis-listed her as being 11 1/2 inches tall, which she totally is not) so I’m not 100% sure which type of Patsy she is, but she’s about 8 or 9 inches tall (by my haphazard guesswork) which would make her the Tinyette Toddler, Patsy Babyette or Patsyette. According to Doll Reference.com, her body should be marked “Effanbee Patsy Pats. Pend. Doll” or something similar, but her back has no markings. Which could mean she’s from 1946 — apparently in the final year she was unmarked — or that her torso is not original. She has definitely been re-strung — her limbs are all so tight that they can’t hold any position other than the one in the picture above — so it’s possible that her torso was replaced with one from another type of doll at that time. Or maybe she’s from 1946. Can’t say it matters, honestly. I bought her ’cause she’s adorable, not because I care about her “authenticity,” y’know? (Speaking of “authenticity,” her dress and bonnet may well be original, but those red bloomers absolutely are not. I need to replace them with white ones…) Continue reading →
To celebrate World Doll Day, I’m posting a few more pictures of the World Doll Day exhibit at the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum, where I do volunteer work. Everything in the photos is the property of the museum. As is the camera with which I took the pictures, and it’s a new camera (thank goodness for that, ’cause the museum’s old camera was terrible!) and I don’t really know how to use it yet, so the pictures aren’t quite as good as they would have been if I’d brought my own camera from home.
The mantle above the fireplace is where the Liddle Kiddles were moved. (The man in the portrait is Roswell Field, Eugene’s father, who was the first lawyer to represent Dred Scott, btw.)
While I liked my “some kid left them out after playing with them” thing, this definitely looks more professional.
The light streaming in the window kept washing out the photo. 😦 I tried a couple of times, and nothing worked. Like I said, I don’t know how to use that camera properly yet…
Thought I’d show the rest of the dolls on the sofa, the ones I didn’t show before because they had been out anyway. Usually, it’s just china shoulder-head dolls out on display, because of the age of the house.
Since someone got left out before, I got a photo of her this time. 😉
As to my own personal celebrations for World Doll Day, after spending much of the day cataloging and putting away dollhouse furniture that’s just been removed from exhibit, I didn’t have any strength to go doll shopping (especially not in this heat!) so I gave in and made an order from PullipStyle that I’ve been fighting with myself in a “should I or shouldn’t I?” debate for some time now. (Including the first Pullip I’ve ever bought with the intention of re-dressing her into someone else!)
After dinner, I’ll probably do a bit of customizing work on some Monster High dolls or something. Er, after my bath I’ll do that, I mean.
I spent this weekend setting up a doll display at the museum where I volunteer, to celebrate World Doll Day this coming Saturday. So, I thought I’d share the display with you all! Everything in the photos to follow is the property of the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum. (If you’re in the area, please come by and see the exhibit! At the moment, it’s scheduled to stay up until the end of July. Though that might change; the dates haven’t been run by the director yet. I doubt she’ll object, but…one never knows anything for certain.)
The exhibit is exclusively on the first floor, in the two parlors. The house dates to 1850, and has two parlors because at that time houses for the well-to-do had to have a “gentlemen’s parlor” and a “ladies’ parlor” so that men could visit with the man of the house and women could visit the lady of the house without them having to consort with each other. (How shocking it would be to have to speak to the opposite sex in public!) The gentlemen’s parlor faces the street, so I’ll start there, just as a tour of the house would. (I will not be trying to share the basic tour information, however. In part because I work down in the basement with the collection, and have only spotty knowledge of the basic tour’s contents.)
I didn’t photograph the sofa in this parlor, because only one of the dolls on it was put out for the display; the rest were already out. (As the museum is half toy museum, half historic house, there are always some toys on display. I just like seeing the toys take over like this, the way they always do at Christmas.) Turning along the same wall the desk is against, we pass by the fireplace and reach the piano:
Since it’s the gentlemen’s parlor, I thought all the dolls on the piano should be male dolls. Hopefully Eugene wouldn’t be offended that I put Mortimer Snerd right beneath his photo. (I think he wouldn’t, though; I think he’d have enjoyed Mortimer Snerd.) I’ll show close-up photos of the various dolls in a bit, but for now let’s move on to the ladies’ parlor.
The table is set up for a tea party, so I decided to turn into a dolly tea party by putting a Nancy Ann doll at each place setting:
There are two sofas in the ladies’ parlor, and I filled both of them with large(ish) dolls:
I’m not sure why the picture came out sort of yellowed like that. But considering I was having to use a flash (normally not permitted, naturally) I didn’t want to take any more photos than necessary.
Opposite the sofas is the piano. As with the one in the gentlemen’s parlor, I opted for all ladies on the ladies’ piano. (I don’t think there would have been two pianos in the house in the 19th century, btw. But what furnishings the museum has was partially dictated by what people donated, you know? And the one in the gentlemen’s parlor actually belonged to Eugene Field, if I recall correctly. This one may have some association with the family as well, though I’m not positive. Like I said, my knowledge of the basic tour information is spotty at best.)
Beside the piano is a chair that I filled with a particularly large doll:
And this seems like the ideal time to shift from showing the over-all room to showcasing some of the individual dolls. Continue reading →