Since my A First Ladies Mystery series is set in a dollhouse, I thought it’d be interesting to learn the history of dolls. Doll origins date to the beginning of time. Women passed their dolls down to their daughters as toys. In ancient times, they were considered part of religious rites and ceremonies. Greek literature supports this theory. Nurenburg, Germany, records show dollmakers in the early fifteenth century. Dolls have been handmade for centuries, using clay, fur, wood, wax, clothespins, rags, cornhusks, and let’s not forget the Russian stacking dolls. This names a few of the types of dolls.
Fashion dolls were popular in the 1300’s. With the settling of North America, women made dolls for their daughters. Porcelain and bisque dolls became popular in the 1800’s. After WWII, doll makers began manufacturing them with plastic, rubber, and other durable materials. Vinyl changed the doll makeup, allowing the head to have hair. Mass-marketing has taken over the market. Traditional dollmakers are now using materials from the past, which I like the concept since it connects the past with the present. Sources: http://ctdollartists.com/history.htm http://chip-smitley.triped.com/historyofthedoll.htm CONTACT ME OR VIEW MY WEBSITE AND BLOG: http://www.barbaraschlichting.com https://barbaraschlichting.blogspot.com