|OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE ROSALIE WHYEL MUSEUM OF DOLL ART|
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|Vol. XI, No 4||Fall 2002|
Inside this edition of Small Wonders...
November 16th, 2002 -January 26th, 2003
Doll collectors know
that the love of dolls often goes hand-in-hand with a fascination for historical
fashion. Even so, many were surprised to learn recently (when the Museum hosted
a pair of benefit fashion shows in September) that Rosalie has been very avidly
collecting vintage clothing for many years. Her collection includes thousands
of costumes, and all manner of accessories, spanning more than three centuries.
Those of you who missed the shows will have one more opportunity to take a peek at some of the haute couture highlights from the September events. Our next changing gallery exhibit will feature mannequins festooned with vintage holiday fashions from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. The costumes will be "accessorized" with gloves, shoes, purses, parasols and, of course, hats, hats and more hats.
In 1999 the Museum acquired a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind vintage ladies’ hats designed by the famous milliner Walter King, (known by the trade name "Lyzon"), many of which will be shown in the exhibit. From his studio in Hampton Bays, N.Y., King designed and made hats for some of the world’s most fashionable ladies, from the 1910s to the 1950s. One of them, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, began acquiring Lyzon hats as a young girl. (Her own famous sense of style was clearly still evolving as she once visited the shop and had holes cut in her hat for her pigtails.)
Not to be overlooked, the dolls will also be donning their holiday attire for the exhibit. A Rohmer fashion doll dressed in lavender and cream silk and a Kestner #196 wearing her red velvet winter coat, hat and muff will join in the festivities, along with a recently acquired, rare open-mouthed Simon & Halbig #1388 lady doll dressed to party. Other dolls will be wearing doll-size versions of the child and adult fashions in the exhibit. The Museum is always a magical place to visit during the holidays, so put on your "party duds" and join us for a high fashion holiday.
from the director...
Since a picture is
worth 10,000 words, I will be saying less in my column this Fall so that we
may share with you in pictorial form how we have spent our last several months.
Our two events, held the third weekend in September, were a benefit for TeenHope
- the only licensed shelter for homeless teens in the Seattle area. We presented
vintage fashion shows in Seattle at a black tie dinner and in Bellevue, the
following day, at High Tea. Madeleine de Baine, our lovely fashion doll from
1868, was the hostess and she was there "in person" to meet and greet
the attendees. Also present was the co-founder of TeenHope, Tom Choquette, acting
as the Master of Ceremonies.
Robert Tonner graciously created a very special limited edition doll for the benefit of TeenHope, Tyler Wentworth as "Hope". She is fabulous in her dress of the 1914 era. And Robert and Tonner Marketing Director, Tom Courtney, were also in attendance - Tom doing the commentary for the fashion shows. We wish to thank them and all of the nearly hundred volunteers who made these events possible. The models, only one of which was professional, were amazing, from the tiniest 3 month old Alec to Maree Tarnowska, who traveled from the Bahamas to do the shows, and every man, woman, and child in between - 37 in all.
The fashions from the 1830s through the 1960s were paired with dolls from the time periods, often dressed in nearly identical outfits. Seven charming doll handlers presented the dolls on stage with the models.
Dressers, hair stylists, make-up artists, decorators, sellers, and security personnel - all came together in a total team effort to help others less fortunate than themselves. TeenHope joins me in thanking them and the many who attended our events or donated to keep the doors open and give these kids a warm bed to sleep in and a caring ear to listen.
For those of you who were unable to attend or would like to see these fashions repeated, we will be exhibiting a portion of them (plus many added pieces) and the dolls paired with them in our winter changing gallery. "Holiday Finery: Families and Dolls Dressed to Party" will open on November 16. Please read more about this in Jill’s column.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff, especially Curator Jill Gorman and Co-director Shelley Helzer, the rest of my family, and our docents for the many long hours of work over the last two years that made these fund raisers possible. I would also like to thank staff member Lacee Badgley for assisting with the sales of the Tonner doll "Hope".
Enjoy the fashions and the models!
-Rosalie A Whyel
Welcome To Our New & Returning Members:
Mary Jane Herzog
Mary Lee Swope
Carol McVicar Scott
We would like to
thank the following people for their generous
donations during the last quarter:
Connie & Jay Lowe
Nancy Ann Storybook Doll
Diana McCurdy Russ
We sincerely hope we have not excluded anyone.
From the Museum Store...
Call or stop by for more details or call the
(425) 455-1116 or toll free at 1-800-440-DOLL.
CROSSROADS DOLL & TEDDY BEAR SHOW
STEILACOOM DOLL CLUB CLOTH DOLL SHOW & SALE
DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOW & SALE
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Sylvana Doll & Teddy Bear Extravaganza
ANTIQUE DOLL & TOY MART*
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CLASSIC DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOW
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December 24th, 2002
December 25th, 2002
FEBRUARY 1, 2003 - MAY 18, 2003
"Our Heart Throb
December 31st, 2002
MAY 24, 2003 - NOVEMBER, 2003
"The Glow of the Gas Lights:
would be a good time to invite you to become a member of the Museum. For $50.00
a year you are invited to all our private exhibit openings, have first chance
at any workshops or seminars, have free admission to the Museum all year long,
AND get 10% off all purchases at the Museum Store, Rosie’s Too, any of the shows
we do, or for online purchases. That should pay for itself the first day!
Of course, our members’ support helps us bring you the dolls you love to see, on permanent exhibit or in the changing gallery three times a year. And you will have contributed to the preservation of these dolls and toys for other generations to come. Thank you to all our current members for staying with us in not the best of economic conditions. We sincerely appreciate your loyalty and will strive to continue to bring you the best of the doll world.
We have not raised our membership fees since we opened and it would be at this point where I would announce that we will be raising our regular admission fees. However, in light of many who go jobless in our State or who have seen revenues fall in their businesses, we are happy to announce that we will be dropping our admissions fees to their 1998 prices to enable more of you to attend and experience the peace and joy that dolls bring.
Other Museum Tidbits!
IT’S FINISHED !
So many of you have faithfully waited these many years for the reprinting of our Madeleine de Baine’s story and diary. Well, wait no more. It is finished, it is available in the Museum store, or Rosie’s Too, or by mail and it is wonderful. As always when we want it done right, we call on our designer, Eric Shalit. He produced the most charming little booklet, totally complete and for just $9.95 retail!
For those of you who may have thought we were talking about the Woodens book, I apologize. However, it is closer to completion, and we promise will be well worth the wait. Thank you for your patience; it became clear early on that this needed to be more than an exhibit catalog, so we are creating a work worthy of these truly amazing dolls. Though it will be sad to see them be replaced in the changing gallery, we hope this will provide doll collectors and historians with a tool for research and study as well as an artful pictorial of these early dolls.
Special Thank You
Tina Potter is a reporter for the Seattle Times and we wish to thank her and the Times for the in-depth article they did on the Museum to acknowledge our 10th anniversary. Tina’s interest and perception showed in her delightful account of the Museum displays, history and the building. However, we were quite surprised and elated when the story went on the AP wire and was picked up in many newspapers throughout the country. The most exciting being Lexington, Kentucky where my son and his family live. Not only was it fun for them and their neighbors to read about the Museum, but it was also the day my son’s name was printed in the paper also - right along side his mom’s!
The Museum Out and About
Watch for us on the TV Washington channel "Faces and Places". Two of our favorite young people will lead you on a tour of the Museum from the viewpoint of 12 year olds. You might remember Jill and Tia from their appearance on our behalf on the kids’ program Nickelodeon. Jill wrote to them 2 years ago and suggested Nickelodeon come to Bellevue to see "what is in my back yard". They came and filmed a segment with Jill and her friend Tia. Michael Bay of TV Washington thought they did such a great job, he wanted them to do a longer segment for his program. These gals are headed for big things I predict.
Nanaimo District Museum is on the north end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia where this fall and winter they are exhibiting playthings. We are pleased to be represented there with several dolls and toys from the Museum’s collection. Rosalie will be traveling there in December to do a program during their "Antique Roadshow" style weekend. Many of the dolls and toys were loaned from local area residents and help tell the story of this Canadian coal mining town - another shared commonality with Rosalie.
|Thank You Docents!
This year we honored our hardworking and dedicated Docents at "High Tea with Madeleine", our fund raiser for TeenHope. We would especially like to acknowledge our docents with the highest hours of donated time - Rae Ann Faree and Anita Olson. We also wish to introduce three new docents, Jannie Choquette (one of TeenHope’s founders), Sigmunde Potgieter originally from South Africa, and Sharon Ross, who travels all the way from Port Townsend to sew for us. Thank you to all of you for all that you do for the Museum. We do what we do because of you!
|We Welcome Kathryn
We are delighted to introduce you to the newest addition to our staff, Kathy Davis. Kathy works part time at the Museum as we share her talents with the University of Washington where she has worked for the past 22 years. She has recently discovered the world of dolls and loves sewing for them, which led her to us. Please introduce yourself to Kathy - you’ll love her warmth, serenity and welcoming smile.