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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Birmingham Doll Club September, 2016 Meeting-Summer Finds

The September, 2016 meeting of the Birmingham Doll Club was held on Sunday 9/11/16.  Barbara was the hostess and the theme was "Summer finds".  After a productive business meeting and delicious refreshments,  members showed off their new (or new-old) dolls. 

An early Martha Chase doll

A good doll keeps her bonnet on.

A sweet German baby doll.

Gladdie was purchased last month at the Twickenham doll show in Huntsville, Alabama.

This cute carved wooden doll won a prize in 1954

This doll was purchased with the other wooden doll.  Both dolls are jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

Close up of the second doll's face.

A modern Tonner doll with beautiful eyes!

Madam Alexander Sonja Henie doll

A Deb Canham bear

A small celluloid doll. 

The label on the bottom of this birthday girl says" Libby Conway Dolls". 

This handwritten paper tag is attached to the Libby Conway doll's back.

A sweet all bisque baby

This doll and her crocheted clothes are adorable!!

A small all bisque girl doll

A walking Schoenhut!
This hinge attaching the doll's thigh to the torso allowed the doll to walk with help from her mother. 

A Wendy Lawton wooden doll

Small peg wooden doll

A sweet smile

This all original girl is made of painted metal and has sleep eyes. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Doll Sale to Benefit Alzheimers association

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, members of the Birmingham Doll Club were given the privilege of helping with a special doll sale to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  The dolls were Madame Alexander and Effanbee dolls owned by JoAnn Kernan. Mrs. Kernan had many beautiful dolls           which she cataloged and took excellent care to maintain in perfect condition                                                    Mrs. Kernan LOVED her dolls!

JoAnn Kernan is seen here with her daughter Valerie and family and friends.  

Snow White with the doll, Snow White!

Scarlett and Rhett

Madame Alexander herself

May, 2016 Meeting of the Birmigham Doll Club

 The May, 2016 meeting of the Birmingham Doll Club was hosted by Jill M.  Jill presented an interesting program on Martha Chase dolls.  Martha Jenks Chase began making cloth dolls for family and friends in 1889.  Izannah Walker was a friend of Martha Chase's mother and is believed to have been an influence on Mrs. Chase.   Mrs. Chase started her own company and began making the dolls commercially in 1891.  The dolls were hand sewn of stockinet and stuffed with hard packed cotton.  Afterwards the dolls were painted with multiple layers of oil paint and then the facial features were hand painted.  The dolls were made in sizes ranging from 8 inches to 30 inches.  Early dolls had jointed elbow and knees and the body was covered with sateen material.  In 1910 the Martha Chase doll company began making hospital mannequins to be used for training nursing students.  In 1913 the company began making "sanitary doll" which were completely covered with thick paint, were weighted, and had open nostrils and ears to teach little girls and new mothers to care for babies.  The hospital mannequins manufacture eventually became the main focus of the company.  After Mrs. Chase death in 1925, her family continued to make dolls and hospital mannequins until 1981 when the company was sold. 

Early Martha Chase doll

Note this early doll's sateen covered body and jointed limbs

Early doll with jointed elbow and applied thumb
Early dolls hand individual sewn fingers and applied thumbs.

Early doll with jointed knee and individually sewn toes

Chase Stockinet Doll trade mark located on the left thigh.

The back of the early Martha Chase doll

Hand painted hair and applied ear of the early Martha Chase doll
In the 1920's the dolls no longer had jointed elbow or knees
1920's dolls still had individually sewn fingers and applied thumb

Individually sewn toes

1920's doll with the trade mark on her right side, under her arm

Note this doll's beautiful hand painted eyes and eyelashes
In the 1930's the dolls and mannequins began to be made from vinyl cloth instead of stockinet.

This hospital mannequin has open nostrils and ear canals as well as internal tanks for teaching medical procedures to nurses.  This mannequin is the size and weight of a toddler boy. 

These small 16  inch all vinyl dolls were made in the 1960's
This vinyl 1960s Martha Chase doll is wearing her original costume.  

Bradshaw, M. (1986).  THE DOLL HOUSE.  STORY OF THE CHASE DOLL.  Privately printed
Herrmann, E. K., (2008)  "Remembering Mrs. Chase"