Olive Oyl limited edition art doll by Gregg Ortiz

Photo of Gregg Ortiz and his Olive Oyl doll.

Olive Oyl: an iconic cartoon character, now as an art doll. Olive Oyl is an iconic cartoon character beloved by many who hail from all over the world. She was created as something of a coy flapper by American cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar for the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theater, which was first published…

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Catalog your doll collection before selling!

Catalog your doll collection; how and why Many people contact us to sell dolls, sometimes their own collections and oftentimes collections they inherited. Although we do not usually buy secondary market dolls, we do offer some tips for these folks. I outline here a method for cataloging dolls for sale, which will save time for both those who have dolls…

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The Ms./Mr. American Doll Contest

Photo of Raggedy Ann by Madame Alexander Doll Co.

If you were asked to choose, what doll would you recommend as the quintessential American doll? An American Doll as Cultural Icon Mattel’s Barbie doll, which came into being in 1959, is perhaps the most widely recognized American doll, but for all of her curvatious chic, does she win the Ms. American Doll crown? American…

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Punch, the most pop Puppet of them all!

Photo of OOAK doll Boy with puppets by doll artist Peter Wolf.

Origin and History of Punch and Judy Punch is the most famous puppet character of all time. Beloved for his comic irreverence and even anarchic spirit, Punch has inspired the performing and fine arts, from opera and ballet to punk rock, as well as the art of doll-making. Given the color and animation of his…

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Clowns and Circuses: A clown doll art legacy

Image of Tommy the Clown by John McClelland

Clown doll history and background Summer portends entertainment and family oriented outdoor activity which is a relief after months of winter weather. Children desire the outdoors and lots of laughter — and they have the pent up energy for it. One of the quintessential forms of summer family entertainment is the circus, and of course,…

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