cheap viagra expensive generic viagra sa cipro online order asda generic viagra cialis generic buy viagra for holland viagra tablets names wellbutrin 100 mg dosage do viagra works 100mg doxycycline chlamydia buying viagra ebay amazon tretinoin cream cibil report through pan card details viagra commercial desert dental credit card companies buy viagra singapore viagra store london cialis generic 200 mg lopressor 50 mg price generic cialis cheap propecia 3 mg clark howard how to best way to check credit for free generic propecia faq experian credit report check your credit free once a year viagra 4 tablet fiyati priligy buy usa california fair credit reporting act fcra how to dispute a credit report and win fast online viagra levitra billig online diflucan 10 cps 100 mg check advance loans online viagra canadian chemist doxycycline 100mg dairy comprar nexium 40mg prostattitis and viagra viagra farmacie online viagra fa male generic zoloft image lexapro generics prices cipro 500mg std indian viagra cheap cialis 20 mg purchase doxycycline 500mg cylmidia new free credit report band 500mg drug metformin nexium switzerland buy new condom viagra viagra mexico generico brand viagra cialis credit agency dispute letters celebrex cost 200 mg propecia mg price propranolol 320 mg 40 mg of propranolol viagra and enalapril cialis black online viagra category drug lexapro generic side doxycycline 100mg honden 1000 mg of tetracycline buy clomid 500mg viagra online hyderabad viagra 1 tabletta viagra pre workout cialis 40 mgcena viagra hot bath hay viagra generica viagra yahel cod generic cialis viagra naturale provigrax cialis brand online levitra generico india 60mg lexapro buy lab nolvadex viagra blut nachweisbar order zithromax 250 mg nexium 40 mg pills take 150mg viagra cialis 5 mg torrino cytotec 20 mg credit history reports free viagra 120mg comprare cialis 40 mg viagra makes larger 30 mg phenergan viagra natural wangi cialis 5mg tadalafil generic viagra patent credit bureau reports usa viagra in sinporega prednisone 300mg patentablauf viagra creme medicale viagra levitra bayer 5mg viagra probepackung free cheapest cialis 10 mg. prix moyen viagra equifax 3 in 1 credit report promotion code mexico buy viagra buy viagra paris buy 1000g zithromax china viagra generic mod utilizare viagra buy 20 mg lisinopril prednisone generic equivalent viagra cheap discount augmentin 500 mg tabletki propranolol mk 40 mg buy xenical china credit fixers ct online viagra satisi levitra 20 mg comprar viagra cheap generic clomid 100mg provera viagra generics safe downside 10 mg prednisone viagra versus generic online lenders alliance san diego cialis 10 mg preisvergleich free instant average credit score canada raise credit score 60 points buy lexapro 20mg illegal sky blue credit repair scams viagra cartela pbs viagra australia lexapro 5mg viagra hours erect beand viagra online buying levitra jakarta nexium generic nexium viagra massage viagra buy paybal viagra saudia dubai viagra small order credit score scale mileage chart canada strattera 40 mg capsulas kamagra 100mg kosten celebrex canada online cheap authentic viagra xenical online generic 25mg clomid how to see equifax credit score canada generic 5mg cialis viagra 100 mg doses 24 hr viagra now viagra 100 mg ervaringen usar muito viagra zoloft generic walmart cialis generic malaysia generic lexapro fatigue ap metformin 500 mg cialis 5 mg hinta cipro 5oomg is 50 viagra clomid 200mg pregnancy zovirax pastillas 200mg doxycycline 50mg reviews viagra pekanbaru cialis daily 2.5 mg augmentin 625mg tonsillitis chocolate like viagra jack box viagra cialis online rischi buspar 5mg viagra script online cialis da 2 mg nexium tablets generic viagra kamagra cheap buy tescos viagra nolvadex 20mg buy bentyl 10mg 25 mg di zoloft levitra 5 mg orodispersible cymbalta for anxiety side effects genuine 5mg cialis propranolol 40mg tablets is next payday advance legit serendipity viagra canadian sintetic viagra credit history exception report definition phentermine 37.5 results lexapro medicamento generico red viagra china generic lexapro, w international business loans no personal credit check celebrex buy online how can i get a free credit report safely personal loans no credit check monthly payments canada cheap retail nexium credit reporting services credit report and score from 3 agencies free instant credit repair services equifax experian credit scores explained cialis 20 mg 6 25 bad best credit history repair services generic viagra tabs viagra divorce lasix furosemide buy credit report windsor ontario activity guide propecia goiing generic levitra generico venezuela buy levitra nz gingko viagra viagra bangkok 2013 cialis 20mg kaufen big one viagra habeis probado viagra taking 200 mg viagra order viagra 1 nolvadex 20 mg eod 50 mg ucuz viagra viagra oe similar generika xenical 120 mg lisinopril dosage 30 mg zithromax 1 gram buy lisinopril 12.5mg viagra germany composition viagra coupon rite cialis 40 mg europe amerimedrx fake eyelashes viagra price 2011 india kamagra cheap generic viagra torten rezept viagra caremark online estadisticas del viagra wirkungsdauer cialis 5mg buspar 10 10 mg 30 comprimidos cialis deals online uk 3 credit reporting agencies buy levitra vardenafil ginseng vs viagra buy viagra sheffield viagra generico brevetto wellbutrin buy uk bcbsnc cialis 5mg 150 mg viagra dose strattera 10 mg nonstimulant levitra 20 mg pill 20 mg cialis pric get a credit report free without a credit card order cialis internet what is flomax 0 4mg viagra shemale levitra da 50 mg cialis viagra jolly bactrim online cialis two 20mg best hsbc bad credit repair credit cards brazilian spider viagra phenergan creme buy cialis europa online herzinsuffizienz viagra citi cards credit report monitoring how to get a free how to request a credit report by mail ibuprofeno y viagra cialis generico sildenafil valtrex 500mg uses viagra bolt viagra for male lupill viagra buy online zithromax no generic propecia credit canada bestil viagra online viagra generico preco negative information on credit reports stays how long does prednisone teva 20 mg levitra 10mg generic ultrafarma nexium 40mg lloyds cialis online levitra 20mg alcohol fixing check your credit canada viagra 25mg cost 2 100mg viagra online canada cialis 12mg de viagra avis levitra 20mg cheap cialis phillipines medco generic propecia celebrex 200 mg adalah viagra 50 mg ervaringen viagra 100mg usa america advance no teletrack no telecheck payday advance cash loans equivalente ao viagra 120 mg viagra price tetracycline 250 mg dosage wellbutrin 75 mg conversion viagra preis osterreich online viagra empfehlung viagra 300mg china nolvadex 50mg buy viagra johor 100 mg viagra etkisi viagra buy paris score check aflac claim status policy number walgreens viagra coupons red generic viagra experian credit freeze phone number 4 original viagra 100mg levitra 20mg suppliers levitra 10 mg compresse viagra 50mg relato buy kamagra bulk remedio cipro 500 mg nexium 40 mg drug ford credit rates new car cialis 10 mg indicazioni robitussin cf wellbutrin xenical 42 cap 120 mg levitra 10 mg dosierung bestall viagra sverige shemale, generic cialis buy kamagra goldcoast cialis costo 5 mg mylan metformin 500 mg viagra 1000mg viagra o sustitutos viagra 50 100 mg buspar 10 mg information strattera medication generic lek zoloft 100mg avis cialis 10mg chilblains viagra mail pharmacy cialis canada brand kamagra 100 mg jelly cipro online buying viagra 100mg last cialis capsule 20 mg micardis and cialis viagra london 2012 50 mg viagra equivalent viagra online experience what band does the free credit report com commercials online viagra discussion metformin account 500mg buying cialis thailand usaa credit monitoring experian direct message member augmentin 156 mg syrup viagra patent length 50mg zoloft ocd buy american cialis metoprolol en viagra color celebrex 200mg vildagliptin metformin india posologia viagra generico wholesale hebal viagra buy cialis delivery strattera 40 mg street how can you fix your credit report viagra online nongeneric 30 mg lexapro dosage order clomid canada viagra 100 mg danger strattera 15mg informacion buy zithromax 500 lisinopril generic aceon black hand viagra hawaii viagra discount buy zithromax europe viagra list parmigiano viagra international annual credit report experian orjinal cialis 20 mg zinoxime vial of life generic lexapro made xenical 50 mg propecia generic online phenergan tablets 25mg what is the credit score range for transunion cialis 20 mg tabletki any good viagra cialis prices online viagra wat levitra 600 mg does free credit report affect your credit score credit report what's the difference between experian equifax and transunion cialis 10mg posologie generic wellbutrin litigation viagra cheap drugs metformin 850 mg overdose 25mg clomid men buy viagra swizerland augmentin 125 mg posologie tilskud til viagra pink panther viagra cheap cialis 32 buy viagra 20 mg how do i get credit on my next account doxycycline dosage 150 mg viagra gozo viagra dose giornaliera viagra callais tall cialis 20 mg prix levitra 5mg nexium 20 mg coupons viagra online pl lisinopril 10mg lupin cialis .05 mg valtrex 1000 mg tablets 40 mg cialis price online prescription synthroid lamisil spray for jock itchlanoxin mgus vs cialis 40mg nolvadex reviews harga xenical 120 mg cheapest propecia forum ramon mendoza viagra viagra 0r cialis generic wellbutrin image buy viagra singapore levitra 20 mg tablets pravastatin sodium 40 mg tablets celebrex 200 mg capsule viagra indeutshland viagra obwohl gesund 50 mg of doxycycline kamagra de 100 mg 125 mg of synthroid nolvadex buy forum augmentin 125 mg suspension viagra en italia amscot cash advance fast loans no credit check credit repair cable companies in new york generic cialis 99cents viagra europharm what is a considered a fair credit score tetracycline generics comprar viagra personalmente 10 mg cialis generic preise levitra 10mg precio celebrex 100 mg lisinopril 5 mg lupin viagra mexico online cytotec 200 mg bijsluiter prednisone 5mg 3 days propecia 5 mg cvs order bactrim online bactrim 500 mg dosage viagra vegan prednisone 10 mg 54 899 lisinopril 40 mg dosage ucuz cialis 5 mg opiniones cialis 5 mg celebrex generic cost forums 2013 online viagra credit appliance repair forums threads cipro 1000 mg buy lisinopril 5mg instant online cash advances direct lenders avis xenical 120 mg viagra for dig bullous pemphigoid tetracycline cialis 20mg kosten orgasam on viagra synthroid . 1 mg ervaringen clomid 150 mg viagra at penang cipro 500mg 127 phenergan dosage 25 mg viagra 150 mg wiki viagra online paypal apteka online clomid viagra 100 mg 30 tablet online drugstore viagra cialis 10 mg fta uk viagra pills doxycycline 100mg effects collect com home home renovation tax credit canada 2012 viagra urologist hydrochlorothiazide generic equivalent fca consumer credit helpline buy cialis hacked viagra prescription dosage amoxil 50 mg synthroid 0.050mg viagra for old cialis online meds buy kamagra jakarta pink lady viagra check credit free score pop nitroglycerin with viagra viagra gesunder mann viagra cost boots free viagra info uae cheap viagra viagra kup online lisinopril 10 mg benefits lasix generic price metformin 1000 mg xkcd viagra tsa efek minum viagra cialis 5mg recreational turboscore credit repair software reviews cozumel viagra prices liquid nolvadex buy nexium 40 mg tablets viagra sperm motility order doxycycline acne levitra tablets20mg cialis online lloyds
Home Articles
An American Original

In the 26 years she’s spent in the doll industry, Virginia Turner has just about seen it all. “When I first got into it, there were—at most—maybe 20 booths at Toy Fair,” she recounts. “A few years ago, we counted 370-some-odd doll artists!” While the field of people making and selling dolls has grown more crowded, Turner Dolls always strives to stand out. That’s one of many reasons why DOLLS magazine—itself celebrating a quarter century this year—is proud to honor Virginia Turner with the Lifetime Achievement Award. At the 2007 Doll & Teddy Bear Expo in Washington, D.C., in August, Jones Publishing founder Joe Jones will present her with the award and hearty congratulations for so many wonderful years of delighting doll lovers. “I feel humbled, surprised and appreciated,” Virginia says.

Joining “Allisandra,” “Penny,” 28 inches, is a new size vinyl sculpt for Turner Dolls. Her silk dress is copper and gold, trimmed with lime green, and she wears black patent-leather shoes. “Penny”—short for Penelope—has auburn human hair and brown eyes. In an edition of 75, she is priced at $460.Truly Homegrown Dolls unlike many of today’s doll artists, Virginia Turner wasn’t particularly fascinated by dolls as a girl. She was born in 1936 and her childhood coincided with World War II, when nearly everything was sacrificed for the war effort. “The only doll I remember getting, her composition was cracked,” Virginia re­calls. Plus she had her hands full helping to take care of four brothers!

Virginia’s parents were both artists, and she grew up with a love of art. When her daughters Julie, Susan and Teri were small, Virginia made clothes for their dolls. So she was well prepared for her accidental entry into the doll world. In 1981, Virginia was working in a bank, her husband, Boyce, managed a porch swing factory and did woodworking, and Boyce’s sister Judy Turner was designing dolls. She needed extra help filling an order, so Virginia and Boyce started making porcelain in their North Vernon, Ind., basement. The trio soon formed Turner Dolls, selling Originals by Judy and a line of reproductions called Virginia’s Very Own.

The company grew and grew—literally. In 1986, the Turners inherited a 40-acre farm in Heltonville, Ind., and converted it into doll central. Boyce “made a nice studio” out of the farm’s smokehouse, Virginia explains, and other structures were built to house manufacturing facilities, a fabric and photography studio, and a doll shop. Within a few years, Judy opened a separate doll business. Meanwhile, Virginia had her hands full with her own creations.

She sculpted her first original porcelain doll, “Jeannie,” in 1989. The edition of 500 “sold out as fast as we could make them!” Virginia says. A few years later, she released her first foray into vinyl, “Kitty Kay,” another hit. That success continues, with Turner Dolls producing thousands of American-made dolls every year, to the smiles of collectors everywhere.

A Style of Her OwnTake one look at Virginia’s wide-eyed infants or giggling toddlers and you too will have a hard time suppressing a grin. What’s her secret? “I’ve always been a person who likes realism, such as that of Norman Rockwell,” Virginia reveals. She strives to capture authentic ex­pressions and realistic de­tails. Fifteen years ago Virginia even spent two weeks in France studying with a master sculptor to improve her ability to create lifelike dolls.
Another hallmark of Turner Dolls is the size of its dolls. These babies and toddlers are usually close to the height they would be in real life, and a new line of little girls stands 28 inches tall. As the artist jokes, “The problem with being a fan of Virginia Turner is you need a big house!”

Turner Dolls is also famous for offering some of the last mass-produced dolls made in the United States. From the original sculpts to the vinyl and porcelain production to the costumes (all designed by Virginia), everything is done by the Turners and their employees on the farm-turned-factory. Lately, to give the dolls even more authenticity and value, Virginia has taken to hand-painting the eyebrows. So now no two dolls are exactly alike!

Fans and FriendsThis devotion to homemade quality has won Turner Dolls widespread ac­claim. “Customers like the fact they’re made in the U.S.A., and the detail work,” says Brenda Grooms, manager of Christmas & Dolls in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Everything is exquisite, from the trim or edging on a dress to the shape of a doll’s lips, showing just how much time and effort the dollmakers put into getting everything just right. That all stems from Virginia, of course. “She’s a perfectionist!” Grooms notes.

: Giddyup, pardner! “Calamity”—all 26 inches of her—is riding high on her favorite fuzzy steed. She’s decked out with a cowboy hat and boots, plus a denim dress trimmed with bandanna-print triangles on the skirt, sleeves and bodice; each triangle sports a silver concho. From this edition of 100, “Calamity” can be purchased solo for $290 or for $355 with her horse.“Virginia’s dolls are always of the finest of quality,” says Debbie Bibb of The Doll House in Edmond, Okla. “The clothing is always so nice and detailed.” In addition to her personal stash, Bibb adds that her daughter owns 37 Virginia Turner dolls!

Fellow doll artist Robert Tonner of Tonner Doll Co. is also on the bandwagon, marveling at Virginia’s skill and determination. “If something needs to be done, she will figure out how to do it,” he comments. Though Tonner is an industry leader for his own work, he professes genuine enthusiasm for Turner Dolls and Virginia herself: “She captures an innocence that is truly delightful. The dolls have an open, warm attitude that reflects what’s best of the Midwest.”

That friendly, down-home mid-western spirit is on display whenever Virginia attends a doll show or signing, according to Grooms. “It’s like meeting a family member you’ve not seen in awhile,” she explains. “She’s a wonderful person.” As proof, Grooms recalls how Virginia brought an order of dolls with her to a signing, eliminating the shipping charges. “I even have a doll named Brenda that Virginia named after me,” Grooms says; Virginia gave her the first doll in the series.

This receptiveness to her collectors—dealers and fans alike—never wavers. “Virginia always makes sure every customer is pleased with his or her doll,” explains Bibb, whose doll shop the Turners visit year in and year out. “She is always happy to visit with every collector, sign dolls, take pictures, etc., until the day is gone.”Tonner recognizes the generosity and kindness. “I liked Virginia from the moment I met her,” he says. “She is warm and engaging and right away I felt a connection with her. It’s meeting people like Virginia and Boyce that makes me glad I’m in the doll business.”

A Turning PointAs for Virginia, the feeling is mutual. “I’ve never considered other doll artists and companies as competition,” she comments. “I’ve never cared about winning awards.”
Though she was elated to earn the Lifetime Achievement Award, the moment was bittersweet, as her dog Honey wasn’t there to see it. “She was like a mascot,” Virginia says. The Australian shepherd, who was a faithful companion during RV trips to doll shows and signings and appeared in Turner Dolls catalogs, passed away earlier this year at the age of 17. The Turners created a lovely memorial for Honey and miss her dearly. Still, the farm grew a little too quiet, so now they have a new puppy, Mindy, who’s “just precious.”

Virginia also has a new knee after surgery to repair it this year. At 71, she’s starting to take things more slowly. The rising cost of making all their dolls locally also factors into the Turners’ decision to scale back production. Don’t tell that to Turner Dolls fans, who can’t imagine a world without more of these pretty dolls. Count Robert Tonner among them. “The industry needs her work,” he muses, “a great doll, beautifully sculpted and designed.” There’s no need to panic, though. “I can’t totally quit!” Virginia admits. In lieu of large editions, she is planning to “take my time and do what I like to do,” concentrating more on small editions and one-of-a-kind dolls. And she’s grateful for the support of fans and friends alike who have sustained her this far: “I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting and re­warding life than to be a doll artist.”


Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (1)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
i am looking for information on a turner doll from 1996 her name is sarah.
joan jones , September 16, 2013 | url

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 

Latest Articles from News & Notes

Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.

The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.

To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:

  • Been active in the doll or bear field a minimum of 25 years.
  • Maintained or increased the quality of reputation and product or service provided since inception.
  • Served the industry with integrity, honesty, reliability
  • Received a majority of the votes from previous recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:

2002 Steiff
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2009 no award presented
2010 Helen Kish
2011 no award presented
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston

 

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

BLACKALL ASSOCIATES INC. 
ANNOUNCING Winner of the Summer Heat Photo Contest

August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat. 

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (2)

...
i have very old magazines need to sell them before something happens to them
margie , December 20, 2014
...
i really like all the barbie balack dress, can i ask question can i buy this, because its all out in the market now here in the philippines, can you help me please im a big fan of thiss dolls
mark christian paul l. carigma , December 16, 2014 | url

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
The Chicago Toy Show

You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Konnichiwa and Grüezi - 150 years of Japan and Switzerland

19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014

A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Zeenie Dollz - Animated Webisode

Zeenie Dollz is a fun and fashionable eco-friendly doll line that teaches girls green ideals, sustainability, and eco-responsibility.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...