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!


AngelMc said...

I wonder what she was whispering to her. Do you think she knows something that will help the economy? And maybe she is afraid to speak up? Do you think Edie might have heard something and will spill the beans?

Anonymous said...

I adore that first photo! She does appear to be sharing a secret. What an astonishing collection of dolls you have! When I was a child, my mom had a cloth doll named Gracie that had belonged to her grandmother. I couldn't wait until I was old enough to play with her. Sadly, no one knows what happened to Gracie. As for the politics and economics, it's just mind-boggling.

Mrs. Staggs said...

What a wonderful collection you have! I too, love cloth dolls, and I've been thinking about that a lot lately, feeling myself drawn towards making them again. I love the simplicity of the materials, and the old dolls are wonderful. My favorites are the ones that mothers obviously made for their children. Imagine the happiness that she was able to create.

I think the same thoughts as you, when it comes to economics and the rest, but perhaps now, will be the catalyst for change. I hope so.