Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Did you hear?
Sometimes the dolls get themselves into poses. I happened to notice Becassine whispering to a Polish doll yesterday. I photographed the dolls because I want to move them around and sell some, too. They are such hams and get along quite well even though they live in very close quarters. They are always eager for a photo op.
I have been hearing lots of things myself lately. Some of it good, most of it bad, and all of it provocative. I live in a rich New England state and the rich are amazingly rich...but the poor are amazingly poor. The middle class seems to be slip-sliding away.
Standing in front of the doll cabinet provides me with a lot of comic relief. They are frozen in time and mostly happy and have no other function but to be looked at, played with and/or collected.
In my case, the bulk of my collection is vintage handmade cloth dolls, although I do collect some manufactured dolls. But, it is the cloth dolls I find most interesting. Who made them? When? For who? And why? Who were the little girls who played with them?
Collections give us a chance to escape from our own sense of immediacy and to think about the past. Collections can teach, bring smiles, and be a fun way to share with others. It doesn't matter what the collection is if it creates smiles.
Enjoy your day!