Friday, May 18, 2018

Philadelphia Doll Museum with Barbara Whiteman

Philadelphia Doll Museum from Temple Contemporary on Vimeo.

Barbara Whiteman is the founder and curator of the Philadelphia Doll Museum which is located at 2253 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum was founded in 1988.   Annually each Memorial Day weekend Ms. Whiteman hosted the Philadelphia Black Doll Show and Sale.  The final show was held in 2012.

Read more about the Philadelphia Doll Museum, its mission, and the services offered at their new website, which appears to still be under construction.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MSDC 2018 Luncheon Souvenir Doll Bleuette

Shown above are an unopened souvenir doll, goodie bags, and literature from the Maryland Society of Doll Clubs 2018 Luncheon.

I was an absentee attendee of the 2018 Maryland Society of Doll Collectors "A Parisian Afternoon with Bleuette" Luncheon.  Held on April 21, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in Timonium, Maryland, attendees received an 11-inch reproduction Bleuette souvenir doll by renowned doll artist, Goldie Wilson*.  My doll and the rest of my souvenir goodies (all shown above unopened) arrived the following week.  Individual and group photos of these items are shown next:

This label was attached to Bleuette's box.
The luncheon brochure contains images of several different Bleuette dolls along with ads from patrons.  The luncheon menu, a mock boarding pass, and a thank you note from one of the luncheon organizers, Stacia Pate, are shown above.
The delectable menu

Mock airline ticket and boarding pass is personalized with my name.
Goodie bags

Goodie bag contents:  doll pendant/charm, personalized Breakfast in Paris black tea, and an Eiffel Tower pendant
The above photo is my first look at the gorgeous Bleuette!  She is breathtaking!

Out of the box and placed on the included doll stand, Bleuette posed for this and several additional photos.

Bleuette has a porcelain head and a multi-articulated wooden body.

She has a handmade black wig with spiral curls that fall on both sides of her face and down her back.  The top of the hair is short and curly.

Bleuette's hair texture and style are better illustrated in this photo and the following two.

Bleuette has brown stationary eyes and a smiling mouth with upper teeth.  She wears permanently placed pearl earrings that match her pearl necklace.  Her lacy hat, which is worn low, is accented with pink and black flowers.

Bleuette can use her stand to stand or sit when it is removed.

Multiple clear sewn-on beads accent the bodice of Bleuette's white dress which has white lace three-quarter-length sleeves through which a thin black ribbon is gathered.  A wider black satin ribbon serves as a waist sash.
The lacy skirt of the dress is two-tiered.

White pantaloons, white lace socks, and black cloth shoes that tie at the ankles with a black ribbon complete Bleuette's fashion.

As April illustrates in her blog post about the luncheon, this was an upscale event, but MSDC would have it no other way.  Read April's post here.  Read more about Goldie Wilson here.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Christmas in May with Tuesday

A recently received gift-wrapped package with Christmas card attached from Jo Maeder is shown above.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Gladys MacDowell Doll Study Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a "Gladys is Golden" luncheon.  The luncheon was held in the Washington, D.C. area in honor of Gladys MacDowell.  A renowned wax doll maker, MacDowell made dolls from the 1940s through the 1970s.

In a Facebook Live presentation, Jo Maeder*, great-niece of the woman for whom the club was named, gave a lovely presentation.  The week of the presentation, Jo queried me about my Tuesday doll trio that her great-aunt made during the 1950s and their brother (attributed to doll artist I. V. Roberts).  I answered her questions and gave her permission to use photos of my Tuesday triplets and Cal, their brother.

I was a virtual attendee of the presentation and enjoyed learning additional information about Mrs. MacDowell and Tuesday.  Some of what I learned (and some information I already knew) is, "Tuesday was conceived by Gladys MacDowell on a Tuesday, hence her name. The lore is that she only made ten. I know of seven. Gladys briefly lived with her family in the Canal Zone in the late 1940s. The Tuesday doll was inspired by her visit to the Panamanian Carnival in Panama City and the Cuna India fiesta on San Blas Island in 1947."  During the presentation, Jo also discussed dolls made by other family members. The presentation can be viewed at the link provided at the end of this post (the lighting and volume were unfortunately low.)

The week following the presentation, I received a package in the mail from Jo which contained the above-gift-wrapped box with Santa Christmas card attached.  Photos of the card and the unwrapped gift are shown next:

The inside greeting wishes me "Merry feelings, favorite traditions, peace and joy at Christmas" ("and anytime," Jo added).

The top of the unwrapped gift box is see-through plastic which has a Gladys MacDowell Doll Study Club (GMDSC) 50th Anniversary sticker on the lower right corner.  Visible through the box top is a souvenir postcard with images of one of MacDowell's Tuesday dolls dressed in a red floral-print dress along with front and back images of a Tuesday souvenir paper doll designed by paper doll artist and GMDSC member, Victoria Christopherson.

Did you guess what was wrapped in red tissue paper inside the box?  It was one of the Tuesday souvenir paper doll ornaments that each "Gladys is Golden" luncheon attendee received!  The paper doll artist is also a member of the GMDSC, which is a UFDC-affiliated club.

Made of heavy card stock, the Tuesday paper doll stands 8-1/2 inches.  Like the Tuesday dolls, she has multiple braids which are further illustrated in the following posterior view.

Tuesday's red floral-print dress replicates the dresses worn by some Tuesday dolls (all my  Tuesdays wear light blue dresses of floral or tropical-fruit-print).  Does this mean I will have to find a fourth Tuesday wearing red?  The bodice of the paper doll's dress is card stock.  The skirt is fabric with white rick-rack trim at hem. White rick-rack and a red satin ribbon were used at the neck and waist of the dress, respectively.  Ivory eyelet trims the hemline of the card stock white underskirt.

As Jo noted during the presentation, the paper doll's right foot turns inward like the Tuesday dolls.

I am still excited about owning the Tuesday paper doll and remain grateful to Jo for sending one to me.

Photos from the luncheon, which include additional photographs of Tuesday ornaments, can be viewed on Facebook here.  Watch the "Gladys MacDowell:  A Family Tradition of Dollmaking" Facebook Live presentation here.

Thank you, again, Jo, for my Christmas in May surprise.

*Jo Maeder is the author of When I Married My Mother, Opposites Attack, and Naked DJ.

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