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"Dolls: A Timeless Reflection of Culture, Fashion, and Childhood Delights" Step into a world where dolls hold the power to transport us through time and space

Background imageDoll Collection: Shirley Temple Doll

Shirley Temple Doll
SHIRLEY TEMPLE American child star of the 1930s, seen here with a Shirley Temple doll

Background imageDoll Collection: Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908

Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908
A group of seven Welsh girls in traditional costume. One of them holds a large doll on her lap, and three are holding baskets

Background imageDoll Collection: Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson

Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl concentrates on a garment she is sewing, presumably for the doll which sits next to her. An interesting basket full of sewing paraphenalia spills over beside her

Background imageDoll Collection: Child at receiving centre WWII

Child at receiving centre WWII
Bette Malek waits with her doll at the Fulham receiving centre in London during World War II

Background imageDoll Collection: Poster for Blackpool Ice Drome

Poster for Blackpool Ice Drome
A poster advertising the Ice Drome ice rink at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Background imageDoll Collection: GIRLS FASHIONS, 1952. Page from the September 1952 issue of McCalls magazine

GIRLS FASHIONS, 1952. Page from the September 1952 issue of McCalls magazine, featuring the character Betsy McCall, a paper doll whose cut-out dresses were based on actual fashions manufactured by

Background imageDoll Collection: Dolls House of Petronella Dunois, c. 1676

Dolls House of Petronella Dunois, c. 1676
Dolls House of Petronella Dunois (1650-1695), c. 1676. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Holland

Background imageDoll Collection: La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess

La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess
Promotional postcard for La Poupee, a comic operetta by Arthur Sturgess from the French of Maurice Ordonneau (Theatre de la Gaiete, Paris, 21st October 1896); music Edmond Audran

Background imageDoll Collection: Nutcracker outside store in Old Town, Frankfurt, Germany

Nutcracker outside store in Old Town, Frankfurt, Germany

Background imageDoll Collection: Wrapping Gifts 1950S

Wrapping Gifts 1950S
Festive model in red baby doll nightie with broderie Anglaise trim & white slingback shoes sits on a cushion & wraps presents, showing her knickers in the process

Background imageDoll Collection: Two dolls dressed in Spanish costume

Two dolls dressed in Spanish costume, Spain, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: Matryoschka (russian dolls)

Matryoschka (russian dolls), Moscow, Russia

Background imageDoll Collection: Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls

Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls
FEU-631 Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls Geoff du Feu Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDoll Collection: Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls

Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls
FEU-644-c Father Christmas / Santa Clause Russian Dolls Geoff du Feu Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDoll Collection: A group of Russian dolls depicting Russian politicians

A group of Russian dolls depicting Russian politicians for sale on a stall in the Arbat and Raft Market, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: Typical Russian dolls for sale

Typical Russian dolls for sale, Russia, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: See-Through Baby Doll

See-Through Baby Doll
Fifties blonde, wearing a white see-through baby doll nightie with a yoke & bikini style knickers, sits on a white rug

Background imageDoll Collection: Glymiel Jelly - Nobody in OUR family suffers from chapped hands

Glymiel Jelly - Nobody in OUR family suffers from chapped hands. Glymiel Jelly stops all that. Date: c.1924

Background imageDoll Collection: Ole Luk-Oie and the Children

Ole Luk-Oie and the Children
LLM458486 Ole Luk-Oie and the Children by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ole Luk-Oie and the Children)

Background imageDoll Collection: Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December

Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December 1989

Background imageDoll Collection: Matryoshka dolls, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, Europe

Matryoshka dolls, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, Europe

Background imageDoll Collection: Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck

Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck
WW1 era France - The tiny yarn-doll good luck charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck. Popular during the First World War in Paris and beyond. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDoll Collection: THE ETUDE MUSIC MAGAZINE. Front cover, March 1926

THE ETUDE MUSIC MAGAZINE. Front cover, March 1926

Background imageDoll Collection: Good-Night, Everybody! by Muriel Dawson

Good-Night, Everybody! by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl heads off to bed. 1936

Background imageDoll Collection: Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson in the film, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, 1962

Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson in the film, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, 1962
BETTE DAVIS (1908-1989). Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson in the film, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, 1962

Background imageDoll Collection: Decorated Christmas tree with toys and food below

Decorated Christmas tree with toys and food below. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageDoll Collection: Two Babies by Muriel Dawson

Two Babies by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl in a red dress has been bathing her doll. Date: 1930

Background imageDoll Collection: Little girl carrying a doll by Muriel Dawson

Little girl carrying a doll by Muriel Dawson
A little girl in a green dress, carrying a doll, by Muriel Dawson. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageDoll Collection: MEXICO: NUN, 16th CENTURY. Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, niece of Hernan Cortes, dressed

MEXICO: NUN, 16th CENTURY. Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, niece of Hernan Cortes, dressed elaborately for her entry into the convent which she founded in Mexico City. Oil on canvas, Mexican, 18th century

Background imageDoll Collection: Fantasy French postcard - Nude woman and doll

Fantasy French postcard - Nude woman and doll
Very stylish Fantasy French postcard depicting a nude woman smiling and cradling a doll in her arm. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDoll Collection: KODAK ADVERTISEMENT, 1904. A Christmas Morning. Advertisement for a Kodak hand-held camera

KODAK ADVERTISEMENT, 1904. A Christmas Morning. Advertisement for a Kodak hand-held camera, from an American magazine, 1904

Background imageDoll Collection: HOPI KACHINA DOLL. Talavai (Morning Singer), a Hopi spirit or Kachina

HOPI KACHINA DOLL. Talavai (Morning Singer), a Hopi spirit or Kachina, dressed in a cape and headdress. Carved wooden doll from Arizona

Background imageDoll Collection: The Balloon Baby by Muriel Dawson

The Balloon Baby by Muriel Dawson
A little girl in a frilly dress and bonnet marches along with a doll under warm and a bunch of balloons in her other hand

Background imageDoll Collection: Girl with Dog & Dolls

Girl with Dog & Dolls
A pug gives a sideways look at the doll whose owner is hoping they will be friends

Background imageDoll Collection: Christmas scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital

Christmas scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital
Christmas comes but once a year -- a scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital, founded in Southwark, London, in 1869. A sick little girl is visited by her mother and younger sister

Background imageDoll Collection: Portrait Brak Family Amsterdam Mennonites Family portrait

Portrait Brak Family Amsterdam Mennonites Family portrait
Portrait of the Brak Family, Amsterdam Mennonites, Family portrait of the Amsterdam Baptist family Brak in an interior sitting around a table in front of a mantelpiece

Background imageDoll Collection: Scene from Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope, 1860. Artist: John Everett Millais

Scene from Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope, 1860. Artist: John Everett Millais
Scene from Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope, 1860. The Rev and Mrs Crawley at home with their young family which, as an impoverished parson, he has difficulty in supporting

Background imageDoll Collection: Four girls and their dolls sitting around a table and having a tea party. Stereograph, c1902

Four girls and their dolls sitting around a table and having a tea party. Stereograph, c1902
TEA PARTY, c1902. Four girls and their dolls sitting around a table and having a tea party. Stereograph, c1902

Background imageDoll Collection: Southern Africa - San Bushmen rock painting

Southern Africa - San Bushmen rock painting
Bushmen (San) paintings from South Afrca, depicting animals (mostly eland antelope) from Masitisi, Basutoland and a small doll representing a bushman. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDoll Collection: Washing Day, 1888. Creator: Unknown

Washing Day, 1888. Creator: Unknown
Washing Day, 1888. From, The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 38. July to December, 1888

Background imageDoll Collection: My first dolly (colour litho)

My first dolly (colour litho)
3101604 My first dolly (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: My first dolly. Illustration for Little Folks Beauty Pictures (Ward, Lock, and Tyler)

Background imageDoll Collection: Harrods toy department, dolls houses, 1922

Harrods toy department, dolls houses, 1922
Fantastic array of dolls houses in all shapes and sizes available to buy at Christmas from the Harrods Toy Department Date: 1922

Background imageDoll Collection: 'They were all very busy in the playroom'(colour litho)

"They were all very busy in the playroom"(colour litho)
2813347 " They were all very busy in the playroom" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDoll Collection: Portrait of Three Girls, c. 1620 (oil on panel)

Portrait of Three Girls, c. 1620 (oil on panel)
SGS66600 Portrait of Three Girls, c.1620 (oil on panel) by Larkin, William (fl. 1608-20) (follower of); 82.6x112.7 cm; The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum

Background imageDoll Collection: Children in 1864

Children in 1864
Latest Paris fashions for Victorian children, girls from two to eight years of age wearing three quarter length frocks and the older boy wearing knickerbockers. 1864

Background imageDoll Collection: Girls with dolls and prams, Balham, SW London

Girls with dolls and prams, Balham, SW London
Two little girls with dolls and prams on a Balham street, SW London. Date: circa 1961



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"Dolls: A Timeless Reflection of Culture, Fashion, and Childhood Delights" Step into a world where dolls hold the power to transport us through time and space. From the beloved Shirley Temple Doll that captured hearts with her golden curls and infectious smile, to Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson, whose delicate porcelain features exuded elegance. Traveling across continents, we encounter souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes in Budapest, Hungary. These miniature ambassadors proudly showcase their country's rich heritage. Similarly, Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume from 1908 take us back to a bygone era when cultural identity was celebrated through intricately designed garments. In an unexpected twist of fate, Golliwog Meets Bulldog reminds us of the complexities surrounding representation in toys. This controversial encounter sparks conversations about diversity and inclusivity that continue today. The fashion-forward Betsy McCall graces the pages of McCalls magazine from September 1952. As a paper doll adorned with cut-out dresses inspired by real-life fashions advertised within its pages, she becomes every young girl's style icon. Venturing further back in time reveals Petronella Dunois' enchanting Dolls House from 1676. This meticulously crafted masterpiece offers a glimpse into aristocratic life during the Baroque period—a testament to human creativity throughout history. Artistry takes center stage as Arthur Sturgess' La Poupee captures our imagination with its lifelike features and intricate details—an ode to craftsmanship that transcends generations. Stepping outside onto bustling streets brings encounters with Nutcracker figures adorning store windows in Old Town Frankfurt—symbols of holiday cheer cherished worldwide for their whimsical charm. As we journey through time once more, we find ourselves amidst the vibrant energy of gift-wrapping sessions during the 1950s—a nostalgic reminder of simpler times filled with anticipation and joy.