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Top Ten Reasons to Buy a New Doll
The Doll Addiction
Written by Alison Rasmussen   
In case you need some prompting to get that doll you've been thinking about, here are ten great reasons to make the purchase today.
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Kissing Christie's Freedom
Dolls in Black, Chronicles and Perspectives
Written by Debbie Garrett   

A recent memory jog that I own Mattel’s Kissing Christie (KC) led to her location today. Stored on a lower shelf with a dozen or so other never-removed-from-box dolls, KC was freed for the first time in 31 years (based on her 1978 box date). Purchased NRFB (never removed from box), the doll has been part of my adult collection for approximately 15 years.

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Doll Play and Gender
Editor's Blog
Written by Carie Ferg   

Growing up and into adulthood the gender divide apparent in toys, and dolls, in particular, always struck me as odd. When I was a kid, boys were not to play with dolls and if they did, mom and dad quickly set them straight and steered them on the path of more “manly” toys—matchbox cars, fire trucks, tractors, construction equipment and action figures (and aren’t those dolls anyway?).

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Passion for Madame Alexander
On the MADC Front
Written by Pat Burns   
I’m thrilled that Carie asked me to do a blog about the Madame Alexander Doll Club. It’s always a delight to talk about something you love. For those of you who are not familiar with MADC, it is an organization that was sanctioned by the Alexander Doll Company in 1961 under the leadership of President Margaret Winson of Missouri. It started out as a correspondence club and remained that way until 1982 when Mrs. Winson retired...
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Looking Forward to UFDC 2009!
Editor's Blog
Written by Carie Ferg   

I have spent parts of the last few days registering myself and three other DOLLS staff members for UFDC 2009 Convention in Atlanta, Ga. After reading the 36-page registration manual, I’m slightly in awe of the attention to detail and amount of planning that goes into the event.

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How Does the Web Impact Doll Events?
Editor's Blog
Written by Carie Ferg   

While at the Tonner Collectors’ Convention in Lombard, Ill., last weekend, a fellow writer and I got into a discussion about the impact of the Internet on doll collecting. She mentioned her concern that youthful doll collectors of today use the Web as the only source to feed their doll-collecting passion, and in the process, shows/conventions will be forgotten or never even discovered in the first place.

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August DOLLS Is Out, Featuring "Treasured Antoinette"
Editor's Blog
Written by Carie Ferg   

The August issue of DOLLS is out, and it’s one you shouldn’t miss. It features “Treasured Antoinette” on the cover, the souvenir doll from the Tonner Collectors’ Convention, themed On Film, held this last weekend in Lombard, Ill. The chic doll was the crowning touch to an equally stylish event ...

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The Doll Connection
From the Show Floor
Written by Dorothy Drake   
Thanks to my mother, I still have all of my childhood dolls. As a young girl, I especially loved my paper dolls, but I remember being sad that other girls got the beautiful dolls that my folks couldn't afford. As an adult, it has been fun to discover that it wasn't too late to search for the dolls that would create the childhood that was in my mind...
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