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Here is a detailed, state-by-state guide listing the museums and collections of antique, art, baby, contemporary, fashion, and miniature dolls, plus special category collections including the W.P.A. dolls found in museums, libraries, and historical societies, bed and breakfast inns, and other venues that have permanent quality collections of dolls for public viewing. The book includes listings of doll hospitals and their specialties, plus directories of national doll organizations and clubs and a guide to annual doll shows. Interviews with a doll museum curator, doll doctor, costumer, show director, and artist, plus in-depth articles on selected collections, will give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the doll world from many different perspectives. Doll 'dream destinations' will be included as well. The Doll Directory is the indispensable guide every doll lover/collector needs to find museums and collections to visit, hospitals for doll reconstruction and restoration, doll clubs and organizations to join, and doll shows to attend.

From Doll Directory . . .

Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum
1104 Washington Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 638-0650
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving
Admission: Adults $3.00; Under 12 $2.00
Groups 10+: Adults $2.00; under 12 $1.25
Carolyn and Michael Bakarich, owners

A lifelong doll collector, Carolyn has over 1,000 dolls on exhibit in four rooms in her museum located in Vicksburg’s historic downtown district. Housed in an 1849 building, the museum is home to one of the largest collections in the United States of 19th- and early 20th-century French and German bisque head dolls. Most French doll makers are represented: Bru, Steiner, Jumeau and S.F.B.J. (Societe Francaise de Fabrication de Bebes & Jouets). German dolls include those by Kammer and Reinhardt, Kestner, Heinrich Handwerck, Kley and Hahn, Bahr and Proschilde, Simon and Halbig, Koenig and Wernicke, Cuno and Otto Dressel, Heubach and others. Carolyn’s personal favorites include Simon and Halbig 949s and 939s that were made for the French trade. She also favors the 42- to 46-inch bisque head and composition body show dolls that were made to be displayed in shop windows at Christmastime to advertise dolls for sale inside the stores.

The museum also has a Shirley Temple collection, many in original costumes, that begins with a 1936 Shirley and runs through 1984. The many Madame Alexander dolls include early compositions and follow-on plastic dolls. There are 1920s and 1930s composition “mama” dolls, ventriloquist dolls, foreign dolls, large companion and baby walker dolls and movie/television star dolls. Rounding out the collection are Barbies and the Annette Himstedt “Barefoot Children.

This book is available only through the author. Limited copies. $14.95