This is our Breyer Year of the Horse.
He was noticed not long ago, in a Hiya Dolly photo.
No wonder! He is a beauty! I got him off his home shelf for a few photos in the garden.
Well! Out came the rest of the Dolltown horses for a little photo action!
"Is it a Horse Show?", they asked.
Even Garden Horse joined them, who is really supposed to be a zebra, I think.
One of our Lizette Ellowynes, Heather, came out to the garden too.
And one of my favorite Dolly Facebook Groups, Timeless Treasures, set an interesting challenge for this week...Golliwog dolls!
The Ellowynes are changing for the spring weather,
and Heather was ready for some fresh air after a long winter.
What a beauty, with lips the color of heather....
Below are two Dolltown beauties that I photographed this week.
I am very fond of them and they have been in our family for decades...
These cloth dolls aren't true Golliwogs, like the characters portrayed in the old stories.
But they are close enough to them for me to keep them with the Attic Dolls, the family dolls and stuffies high on shelves, and not often in our stories, here in Dolltown.
I don't want to offend anyone.
Golliwogs have fallen out of favor....
From Wikipedia: "The golliwog, golliwogg or golly is a black fictional character created by Florence Kate Upton that appears in children's books in the late 19th century usually depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children's toy called the "golliwog", and had great popularity in the UK and Australia into the 1970s."
Lots of us loved the stories or had a cloth Golly dolls as children.
And the vintage dolls are still very popular with some doll collectors.
This past week I saw some beauties on the doll collectors Facebook page!
And it was nice to bring these two out for photos, post them, and share the love with others.
Our garden will soon see lots of Dolltowners hanging out at the birdhouses, on the swing,
or under the bushes where it is shady.
Now that our long winter is over, we will enjoy hours of outdoor time.
It is just a matter of time before the frog hunts start again...
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April (Saturday, 03 June 2017 03:50)
Believe it or not...last weekend I was invited to a barbecue where I sat next to the human double of Heather (though maybe her eyes weren't quite as big). She was half Martiniquaise and half French!
On the subject of gollywgs, my late friend, Patrick Kelly--an American fashion designer who worked in Paris in the 1980s, had a vast doll collection. He chose the gollywag as his logo! I will look for it and send you a photo!
Jano (Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:31)
Wow, I would be impressed with a human Heather, very pretty!
I'd love to see the logo! It was an interesting conversation on my doll group about the golliwogs and why they are net embraced anymore by the general public. Several doll collectors were struggling with a doll being "in bad taste", "racist", and out of favor, almost like the dolls themselves are above the human fray and claim a neutral and beloved place.