Saturday, April 12, 2008

Doll-related Diversions


A random, quirky list of websites that made me smile or snagged my interest.

Military women veterans:
http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/index.html

Exquisitely costumed, historically accurate OOAK fashion dolls:
http://crawfordmanor.com/ (warning: music)

Tattoo Baby Doll Project:
http://www.daintytime.com/tattoo/gallery/

“Bag End,” a comfortable Hobbit-hole:
I was awestruck by this incredibly detailed, beautiful miniature of Bilbo Baggins’ home.
Amazing work: http://community.livejournal.com/little_world/39277.html?view=211565

Online exhibition of pop-up books:
http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/montanar/p-ex.htm
OK, not doll-related; so? I love pop-up books.

Love this artist's work:
http://www.corkdoll.com/

Black action figures (OOAK) by Frank Woods: (Turn your sound on.)
http://webcache.news-record.com/legacy/indepth/06/Action_Figures/slideshow.html

Idle, useless fun:
Click the image and move your mouse back and forth. You might need to turn up your volume to hear the birds and cows: http://www.castleintheair.biz/main.html

String dolls from Thailand: http://www.kamibashi.com/papers/stringdolls/

Rosa Pomar dolls from Portugal:
http://ervilhas.weblog.com.pt/arquivo/cat_bonecas_a_venda.html

Doll stories archived from eBay's Dolls Discussion Board:
http://dollstories.blogspot.com/

Antique wooden dolls/toys with character; check out the polar bear!
Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty Circus & other toys: http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/identification_guide.htm
Schoenhut Circus polar bear (scroll to bottom): http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/bears.htm
Scarey Anns by Poppy Doll Co.: http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/scraey_anns.htm

Mechanical dolls (automata). This site has video & sound clips.
My favorite is "Maid Dusting a Portrait" (2nd row, 1st on the left):
http://www.morrismuseum.org/static/collections/guinness/guinness.html

Antique and vintage photos of children with their dolls:
http://home.att.net/~sunny1665/4album1.htm

History & engravings of Jumeau factory:
http://www.lookingglasschild.com/history/

Miss Columbia & her travels, 1900-1902:
http://www.theantiquesalmanac.com/specialfeature.htm
http://www.wenhammuseum.org/columbia/

Pipecleaner dance:
http://www.davidbessler.com/pulldown/pipecleaner_dance.html

Legend of the Mayan trouble dolls:
http://www.sciencejoywagon.com/kwirt/mayan/

Sasha does Barbie!
http://www.worldmall.com/kannon/jslovesb.htm

Paper doll dress-up:
http://dressupgames.com/index.html
http://www.stardoll.com/

Everything you always wanted to know about The 1970s *
http://members.tripod.com/lisawebworld2/70s.html

* but were afraid to ask

More 1970s memories:
http://www.feelingretro.com/index.html
Lists toys by gender stereotype, and includes memories posted by site visitors. The story about
Pat and the invisible baseball game is worth a read.

Share memories of toys from 1970s to 1990s:
http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/toys_games.asp

Kewpie tattoos, history:
http://www.tattooarchive.com/history/kewpie_dolls.htm


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