Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011! Dolldom Celebrates Halloween in Vintage Style

This Is Halloween! by ernestopadrocampos
This Is Halloween!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.

It's Halloween!  As the days grow shorter and the night shadows enter our eyes and minds, we know it's time to reconnect with our ancestors and celebrate the festivals of harvest. But at the same time, this day of  monsters and ghost finds its origins in many a belief that on October 31st a crack between the worlds opened, giving free reign to goblins, witches, demons, and other fabulously weird creatures. What a better way to celebrate Halloween 2011 than by emulating the style of vintage Halloween postcards? As it is in these stupendous mementos that we find a charming world were scary meets sweet, where Jack-O-Lanterns, tiny sparkly monkey-like insects, witches on crescent moons, and a myriad anthropomorphic pumpkin critters make us daydream with childlike wonder and a deliciously spooky feeling that makes hairs stand on end!
Little Witch Betsy by ernestopadrocampos
Little Witch Betsy, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A vintage 8-inch American Character Betsy McCall poses for a sweet greeting postcard in Tonner Doll Company's Wicked Witch of the West fashion created for her modern counterpart. Howdy Doody says hi too.

Pride and Joy by ernestopadrocampos
Pride and Joy, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Betsy's teacher is very proud of her.

Sitting Still by ernestopadrocampos
Sitting Still, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A ghost, a little Myling porcelain ghost by artist Katarina Carlsson. Just in time for Halloween...with his gray eyes and pale blond tresses....he is the ideal apparition. Myling Dolls!

Little Witch Girl by ernestopadrocampos
Little Witch Girl, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Agnes is excited about Halloween. Everyone knows it's her birthday too. Her birthday gift? A witches' hat by Peggy Feltrope.

The Fly! by ernestopadrocampos
The Fly!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Boo! Agnes is ready for Halloween in her fly costume by Liz Cole for Retros. Made of crepe paper and cotton knit, this is one fabulous creation for the kids.

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Viktor wonders...this is one big fly!

Candy Search by ernestopadrocampos
Candy Search, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Friends gather before going trick or treating to pose for photos with their Halloween costumes by Liz Cole for Retros. Ghost costume by Our Sweet Creations.

Gene's A Witch by ernestopadrocampos
Gene's A Witch, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Gene's a witch! A really good one in Retros' fabulous take on glamorous witchwear. Vicktor and Agnes' costumes also by Liz.

It's Witchcraft! by ernestopadrocampos
It's Witchcraft!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Gene Marshall knows now that those kids are neighbors! Those weird Dreary Twins! "Happy Halloween Gene!" - they scream in spooky voices.

And a Happy Halloween to all of you, dear readers! May this October 31st bring you a freight or two!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Basic? Not really.

Dolldom takes time to recognize the beauty of a so-called basic doll. In our eyes, there is nothing basic about Basic Platinum Cami by Tonner Doll Company. Mattel (well, let's be specific -  Ruth Handler) created a concept back in 1959 that is still in our opinion the way to go. But seldom do we see a doll in lingerie or bathing suit that is ready to wear what the dollector selects for her. Be it in factory made or handcrafted garb made by the many talented freelance designers, the basic doll transforms into a vision of beauty and personal style. Kudos to Tonner Doll Company for keeping it basic

Basic? Not really. by ernestopadrocampos
Basic? Not really., a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Not in our eyes. This doll boasts inset eyes and silky platinum hair. Really, isn't that what every collector wishes to acquire? A beautifully crafted doll that is ready to dress? Mattel did it in 1959. Tonner Doll Company does it regally once again at the end of 2011.

In The Air by ernestopadrocampos
In The Air, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Cami is an exquisite doll. Second issue of the doll with inset eyes. First issue with "lily" vinyl and platinum hair. Doll making at its best.
Testing: 1,2,3... by ernestopadrocampos
Testing: 1,2,3..., a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Test shot for Tonner Doll Company's Cami doll. Those eyes give this beautiful model real depth and character.
Cinderella? by ernestopadrocampos
Cinderella?, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Cami uses Tonner Doll Company's Cinderella face sculpt on the naturalistic Antoinette body. This issue is a classic.
Bridgehampton by ernestopadrocampos
Bridgehampton, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr. 
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Basic Cami wears the light as air Bridgehampton dress by Tonner Doll Company.
Cami's Party by ernestopadrocampos
Cami's Party, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Platinum Cami doll in a test shot for Tonner Doll Company's 2011 Winter Line release.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dolls, Masks, and Other Real People

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) was an optician from Lexington, Kentucky who often integrated dolls, masks, and other stylized representations of the human form, along with his children, in his photographic work. Dolldom applauds this interesting exploration of the power of the seemingly inanimate. After all, it is what we are all about.

L: Untitled, ca. 1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.3. C: Untitled, ca. 1960–1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.1. R: Untitled, ca. 1961, gelatin silver print, gift of Christopher and Diane Meatyard, 2011.6.1. © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard

The exhibit, containing 60 examples of Meatyard's work, is currently on view at San Francisco's De Young Museum.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dolldom Delicious

Unlike Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb in Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Two Bad Mice", the denizens of Dolldom indulge their collective sweet teeth looking at beautiful cakes and pies that do not come off their plates. Nonetheless, when the time comes for our human associates to enjoy a cup of espresso or green tea, nothing beats the company of a really good confection. Recently, Dolldom met San Francisco Bay Area pâtissière Terri Rivers. Her business, Divine Petites, captivated us with its name, old-fashioned wax paper tied with string packaging, and organic ingredients. 

 

To celebrate October, Terri regaled us with her amazing ginger cake with candied ginger topping. This good-for-human-health delight comes in big cupcake size as well as Bundt cake miniatures. Tiny need not mean bland for these all-organic pieces of Heaven pack quite a punch. Bernabé, a Myling porcelain doll by Katarina Carlsson played tea-and-coffee-time host amidst a collection of vintage cream and gold porcelain and ceramic plates. 

Sweet Surprise by ernestopadrocampos
Sweet Surprise, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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What is inside the pretty package? Bernabé, a OOAK Myling doll by Katarina Carlsson, is first to investigate the intriguing bundle. Little does he know that a delectably moist Divine Petites' ginger cake lies inside.

Grand petit gateau! by ernestopadrocampos
Grand petit gateau!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Bernabé, a OOAK Myling doll by Katarina Carlsson, is first to enjoy the sights and the aroma of Divine Petites' ginger cake with candied ginger topping. This luscious, all-organic confection delighted Dolldom's human tasters.