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Vol. XIII , No 1 Winter 2004

Inside this edition of Small Wonders...

Those Dashing Men and Adorable Boys

March 6th through May 16th, 2004

Each time the planning process begins for a Changing Gallery exhibit, it seems that no matter the focus, there are always more than enough dolls in the collection to mount a wonderful and comprehensive exhibit. The subject of our next display is proving no exception, as countless charming little dolls of the male persuasion have been patiently waiting in storage, for their own moment in the spotlight.

This exhibit of more than three hundred male dolls will include some very special “rarities”, including the mysterious, so-called French “court dolls”, along with dolls of early papier mache, wax and cloth. The bisque head dolls will be well represented by, among others, a possible prototype Hertwig character boy from the Hertwig Family collection and a beautiful Bru Jne boy in ethnic costuming, from the famous Dina Vierney collection.
Many modern collectible and artist dolls will also be represented in the exhibit. What would a male doll exhibit be without Barbie’s longtime love, Ken? Joining G.I. Joe and other “action figures”, will be “Free Moving Ken”, dashingly dressed in exercise attire, complete with his own golf and tennis gear. And speaking of G.I. Joe, a very special little wooden and cloth doll representing an American GI, made in France in the mid-1940s, will be featured along with sundry other military-inspired dolls.

Each new exhibit installation also brings dolls related to the focus of the exhibit “out of the woodwork”, as new acquisitions arrive at the Museum just in time to take part in the show. At press time, the opening is twelve weeks away, so you can be sure that many more dashing men and adorable boys will surface in time to join the other fellows. We hope that you and your own favorite fella will join us as well!

-Jill Gorman

from the director...

Welcome to the New Year of 2004! May it be prosperous, may there be peace in our world and your home, may you find joy in many ways and one of them, dolls.
If ever we hosted a joyful exhibit in our 11 plus years, it would have to be “A Path through Black History.” The experience of mounting this exhibit became more and more thrilling as the dolls and paintings took their places one by one. Not long into it Jill, Shelley and I realized we were surrounded with pure glee - each smiling face, each gleaming eye told a story of its own. The vivid colors, the graceful lines, the patterns and textures drew us into a dance with the dolls that swirled to the top of the cases where many more dolls look cheerfully down at the visitors. The dolls from the paintings by Denae looked as though they had just stepped from the canvases into real time.

Come dance with the dolls and follow them through their historical path. Smile with them and contemplate, as we did, why they have so much to smile about. We again wish to thank the talented women who lent so much to our exhibit and our exhibit opening. Denae, two dimensional artist extraordinaire; Kindness Woods, doll artist and keeper of her family’s history and memories; and vocal artist, Awilda Verdejo who blessed us with beautiful black spiritual music.Remember we are holding this exceptional exhibit over through February 29, 2004-Black History Month. Do not miss it.
Then get ready for the men in our lives as we stage the first ever exhibit of all male dolls. There will be some real charmers, some real oddballs, and some so adorable we know why we can’t live without them. Certainly there will be one for each of us, no matter what type we are attracted to. Actually, we couldn’t believe the vast variety of men and boys who have come to live at the Museum, many of whom have never been on exhibit, and we felt it was high time! Plan to attend early as they will only be on display for 2 months.

In preparation for our all male exhibit did you rent and watch “On Golden Pond” as I suggested in the last Newsletter? We hope so, and hope that you spotted “Elmer” as he and his creator, Michael Langton, will be gracing us with their presence. Is there anything better than a doll with history? And what a history - to think on Elmer’s very first movie he shared the stage with the great Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda! Michael has graciously agreed to come speak about his creation that has been immortalized on the big screen; what this little doll meant to Hepburn and how he shaped Langton’s career. Be sure to read further in this Newsletter for program details.

And after all the boys and men have had their fun we will be completing the Traphagen School of Fashion dolls with Part III. This is the final part of the 83 doll collection and certainly not the least of them. Twenty-six dolls in pairs of ethnic couples from around the world will grace the Changing Gallery. Their dress is as beautiful, if not more so than those in Part I and II, and each individually sculpted to portray the most handsome of people from 13 different cultures. Of course, we won’t stop there. Many more wonderful examples of ethnic dolls from the collection will be shown, ones that have never been exhibited here before.
So, as you can tell, we have a lot of exciting dolls and exhibits in store for you in the coming year. Do plan to attend each of these wonderful exhibits. The dolls and toys will probably never be seen together again, at least not in our lifetime. If you love dolls, you know this is where you should be at least three times a year. And if you collect them, well, our stores offer new and wonderful dolls for your buying pleasure nearly every day of the year.

-Rosalie A Whyel

Welcome To Our New & Returning Members:

Joan Bergstrom

Lleana M Davison

The Dudley Family

Charlotta Galanti

Lori Hutchings

Judy E Lloyd

Kathy Miller

The Murillo Family

Chieko Ochiai

Ruth Postlewatt

Susan Royer

Diane M Trampush

K Robyn Wittenberg

Kimberly Cronogue

LaDonna Dolan

Andrea Eastman

Jerri Hill

Julie Hutson

Ann Mears

Sue Molvik

Lynn Murray

Kathryn A Penk

Agnes Royer

Michael Sharar

Karen Wallace

Irene P Wyman

We would like to thank the following people for their generous
donations during the last quarter:

Linda Baker
Japanese lady doll

Barbara Kemis
Handmade cloth dolls; wooden blocks

Eleanor Jane Bittner
Baby quilt, bonnet, crib sheet and two blankets

Betty Kranz-Sinclair
Mannequin baby with basket

Deborah Davis
China head doll; Campbell’s Kids vinyl doll

Mrs. Ruth Matthews
Patsy Joan doll

Maylee Donaldson
RWMDA ephemera; doll and collecting magazines

Maryann R. Osterman
Doll poster

Jan De Felice
Composition, hard plastic and cloth dolls; doll crib; doll clothing

Eileen Penny Clark
Children and doll clothing

Linda Jo Greenberg
Collection of ethnic dolls

Agnes Sura
Souvenir doll

Mary Ann Griffin
Multi-face Trudi; sewing manikin doll

Marjorie M. Sutherland
Armand Marseille doll body and clothing; Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll

Dorothy Heltness
Eight Norwegian dolls in original boxes

Norma Rolla
Collector’s History of Doll’s book

Joyce Hoffer
Ethnic dolls

Jack Del Vaglio

From the Museum Store...

Featuring Precious Baby Dolls By Local Artist Jeanne Gross
These babies are so artistically sculpted - every fold and wrinkle so detailed - hair so softly placed - they look so real - they need to be seen to be believed. Jeanne has perfected sculpting in porcelain to a realism that has you awaiting soft coos from these gorgeous babies. Each creation not only looks lifelike, but feels as if you are holding an infant. With a weighted body and intricate jointing for sophisticated posing, this is one piece of art that should have it’s own pedestal and be held each day. Come into the Store to see these beauties for yourself.



Call or stop by for more details or call the Museum Store:
(425) 455-1116 or toll free at 1-800-440-DOLL.

Show Dates

Bellevue Inn Red Lion
Bellevue WA
Sunday February 8, 2003
11am - 4pm
Puyallup Fairgrounds
Puyallup WA
Saturday March 13, 2004
10am - 4:30pm
Sunday March 14, 2004
10am - 4pm
Washington County Fairgrounds
Hillsboro OR
Saturday February 21, 2004
10am - 4:30pm

*Look for the Museum sales table

Museum Events

JANUARY 29 - 31 2004
Doll Appraisal Clinic
at Rosie’s Too
During Regular Hours

NOVEMBER 22 2003 - FEBRUARY 29 2004
“A Path Through Black History in Two and Three Dimensional Art”

FEBRUARY 28 2004
“The Shades of Mourning”
Program by Atha Kahler
Display by Atha Kahler & Joyce Coughlin
(see Museum Tidbits)
MARCH 6 - MAY 16 2004
“Those Dashing Men and Adorable Boys”
MARCH 6 2004
Program by Michael Langton
(see Museum Tidbits)
MAY 22 - NOVEMBER 2004
“Dazzling Couples In Cultural Dress”
Traphagen School Dolls Part III
APRIL 11 2004
Easter Day


With life as hectic and busy as it can be, why not reconnect with friends and family? Experience a day of renewal with an adult tea and stroll through the Museum Galleries. For under $30 a piece, a group of 10 or more can enjoy two hours in our elegant Rose Room and Gardens with a full English Tea and tour through the Museum at your leisure, any day of the week. We arrange for everything, including linens and china. Take this chance to dress up, bring your childhood or favorite doll (or teddy bear) and experience the people in your life. Begin a tradition today! Contact Lacee at the Museum, 425-455-1116.

Other Museum Tidbits!

“Elmer” and his Creator Come to the Museum!

The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art is proud to be welcoming Michael Langton from Stratham New Hampshire! Michael is a modern doll artist, working mainly of wood, who carved the legendary “Elmer” featured in the movie “On Golden Pond”. This little wooden doll was the confidant of Ethel Thayer as played by the great Katharine Hepburn. In this program we will get to meet this doll celebrity in an intimate fashion and see how he won the heart of Ms. Hepburn and inspired Michael to become the magnificent artist he is today, One of his creations, “Fireman”, can found on permanent exhibit in the Museum. We will also be welcoming “Elmer” into his new home, here at the Museum. Please join us Saturday, March 6th at 1 p.m. in the Rose Room to have a little Hollywood and history at the same time.

Seating is Limited. Reserved seats required.
Call the Museum at (425)455-1116.

The Shades of Mourning

Come experience the lighter side of mourning in this wonderful program by Atha Kahler. Atha will be covering the mores, fashions, and interesting habits that accompanied this custom. Journey from Colonial times through to World War II, with a special emphasis on the Victorian era, to see how it was when black was “in”. Experience the mystique and mystery via doll, children, and adult clothing and accessories. The Collection of Atha Kahler and Joyce Coughlin will be on display, including French Fashions and Chinas.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
1 p.m. Rose Room

Seating is Limited. Reserved seats required.
Museum Members Free, Non-Members $3
Call the Museum at (425)455-1116.

Children’s Tea Parties

Come celebrate your child’s next birthday or accomplishment at the Museum with one of our Party Packages. Choose from three different plans; we have everything from do-it-yourself to a full English Tea. The beauty of the Rose Room and gardens makes it a perfect spot for your event, while the Galleries and scavenger hunt are built in entertainment. Please see our website for full details and prices.

Education and Fun! Did you know that you and your Girl Scout Troop, Campfire Girls, School Class or Children’s Club can tour the Museum (do the
scavenger hunt) and buy a patch in the store for under $5.00? The scavenger hunt also serves as a guide for further studies on the wonderful history of dolls and toys.
By Annie Laurie Steffens

Cute, beckoning for attention,
All the stories,
Passed down from
The ages.

Brunettes, blondes, red haired,
Curly, long, short, wavy, ringlets.

For a multitude of occasions,
In all sorts of circumstances:
Holidays, special themes;
Always perfect to
Decorate with a doll!

Anyday, everyday
Is an excellent moment
To share with darling dolls!
They are truly enchanted!

Once again the doll world was saddened at the loss of one of our most knowledgeable and beloved of doll collectors, John Darcy Noble. His books and articles over the years have intrigued and charmed us, just as John did. He was Curator of toys at the Museum of the City of New York for nearly twenty-five years before retiring to California. Though he will be greatly missed, his presence will be felt as we collect and study the early and the unusual dolls that John so dearly loved.

-Thank you to Annie Laurie for submitting this poem about our favorite subject. It just about says it all. Annie is a doll collector from Vermont. She teaches American sign language while attending art school and hopes to be a doll artist one day. We will be excited to see what she creates!

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