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Saving Mrs. O’Neill

Many of my friends in the doll world will tell similar stories about the strong friendships they have made over the years – and that some such friends are held in familial reverence. This doesn’t surprise me at all. We all know non-blood relations that we feel are part of our families. My doll family began with the Madame Alexander Doll Club, and that … Read More Saving Mrs. O’Neill

Glowing Brightly: Abbe Lane by Superdoll

If you are not familiar with superdoll_collectables, you’re missing out. In 2013, they released a Marl&B Exclusive sculpt honoring Hollywood Femme Fatale, Abbe Lane. Abbe Lane is a variety star beauty that has contributed to film and television – learn more here and here. This version, called ‘You Devil You’ is an edition of 99 pieces, and she is still available for $775 at … Read More Glowing Brightly: Abbe Lane by Superdoll

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Believe in The Power of Business…

With all the discussion today both publicly and privately over factory sales – let’s just say, I’m needing to believe in the power of play more and more. I might have even coined that infamous phrase once, though I don’t remember, really. I suppose I can take lots of credit for things past, but does it really matter? And to think, gee…play meant something … Read More Believe in The Power of Business…

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly…

My personal history of collecting dolls is not unlike others’ I’ve encountered across the globe. At some point in our youth, we were positively impacted through an encounter with a doll in such a way that forever left us imbibed with a sense of ‘knowing’ something others do not. This is not only true of dolls, but just about any item an adult collects … Read More The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly…

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A Rose By Any Other Name…

We are doll collectors – we usually will refer to our passion in the vernacular – or ‘doll‘. But what does this mean, exactly? In my opinion, the very nature of the doll is what can classify it, and set one apart from another. When you add the design style, country of origin, even the material, they can fall into genres or niches, depending … Read More A Rose By Any Other Name…

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Is It Love?

How do you know? Countless works of literature and soppy love songs have been written about the presence of requited love (and unrequited love, drears!). Well relax, this isn’t the type of consummate love one might come to search an entire life for (yes, that’s correct – I did end a sentence with a preposition). But there is no denying ours is a world … Read More Is It Love?

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A Treatise On Dolls…

I remember when I first fell in love with a doll. Her name was Barbie, and she became my secret best friend. You see, this little lady almost always looked glamorous – except when my sister, Barbie’s rightful owner, got a hold of her. In the aftermath of my sister’s hands, Barbie and I would weep together as we brushed her hair and redressed … Read More A Treatise On Dolls…