Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Souvenir Dolls, Dolls of the Nations

I want to talk a little about souvenir dolls, many collectors think of them as junk, but I say they have their place and while representing different places of the world, some are very beautiful. When I think of souvenir dolls I think of the little 7 inch or 5 inch dolls that are made from celluloid, you may remember the post I wrote on celluloid a few months ago, if not click here. Souvenir dolls come in various sizes and sometimes will represent a event such as Barbie turning 50.


The first two photos are lifted from my second posting of this blog entitled "Who's that girl?" She is a perfect example of a large souvenir doll and I've since found out she is coming up on 20 years old! She's a common Russian doll.

She looks like these two who were photographed as part of a site, both personal and added to by Internet followers, the owner of the site had about 50 or 60 souvenir dolls from as many countries. I was tickled to find more Russian ladies that look like mine.

I'm selective about the nations dolls I have, I like the flowing gowns,the Eskimos, the geisha's or the nation brides. A lot of my nation dolls have a tag with the assemblers first name imprinted on it, I find that personal touch, endearing.

Below is a pair I recently purchased at a Goodwill, I almost didn't notice them as they were on the second shelf laying down, they took second to all the porcelain beauties that were priced high. My little pair were $1.98 and probably the most valuable of them all. I believe they are a Scottish pair evident by their clothing.

The little girl needs washing as her ascot is very dirty, they both have wonderful expressions!

Some collectors of souvenir dolls feel they do it because they hope a "Around the world trip" is in the near future for them. Wouldn't that be sweet! C&G Design

6 comments:

Lola said...

How lovely Dawn. It's nice to be able to find treasures like that.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love the little Scottish dolls in their kilts. The Russian lady is pretty too, pretty face.
Marnie

tina said...

A hop around the world? No thanks, not unless I can travel with no time change or jet lag. Too hard now a days to make those trips. But the dolls are fun enough!

Kathleen said...

With all these dolls, Dawn, you should be leaving on that world cruise any moment. Your post awakened a memory for me. I, too, had a Scottish doll. He had a plaid kilt, and a baton, and that big black hat. He is forever gone, but I had to smile when I remembered him. Thanks, Dawn. Hugs, Kathleen

Jean said...

Your new find is wonderful!!! When I was a kid it was very popular to collect the souvenir dolls, the small ones that were prpbably 10 inches high and every kid tried to out do the other.Your new dolls are probably Scottish but do you know that all Provinces of Canada have their own tarten, actually several different ones. Also our states have a tarten. Probably everywhere has one. Do you remember the skirts that Nana made for you and Tina and I think Joanne when you were little? Must have been before Terri-Lynn was born. You also had the hat and purse. I think you also had slippers. Nana loved tartens and knew many of the names of them all. I know your stuff was a Canadian one but I am not for sure which one. I think it was either New Brunswick which I want to say and it would make sense since Nana was from there but for some reason Nova Scotia sticks in my mind.

Skeeter said...

The one doll in the middle of the grouping on the shelf, looks like one of the dolls my mom gave me...

I have two Korean dolls that my Korean friend gave me. They are neat as can be....