Paper dolls in Kansas City and doll events

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According to today’s Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Museum will carry in its gift shop a book of paper dolls based on the turn-of-the-last-century equestrienne Loula Long Combs. The dolls are designed by illustrator and doll historian Johana Gast Anderton (remember Kansas City is home to the UFDC headquarters and museum).

I can’t find anywhere to buy the book online, and the museum doesn’t seem to have a web page for its gift shop, but maybe the next time you’re in or near Kansas City you can swing by and take a look.

It’s interesting that the newspaper article also says the author donated a “real” doll to the museum for display. Paper dolls aren’t “real?” Who decided that?

Also, I’d like to announce that I’m going to start collecting information about doll events and posting it on a page on this blog. Someday, I’d like to turn that into a fully searchable calendar widget thingy, but for now it’ll have to be a list of links on a page. If you have an event you’d like to promote, please go to the Doll Events page and post your information in a comment. I’m sure everyone would like to hear about it.

The list will begin with a link to Jones Publications’ calendar page.


Brookside show this weekend!

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I can’t believe I almost failed to write about the Brookside Show! This is one of the highest-quality shows in Kansas City, but I thought I had already missed it this year. Turns out it’s this weekend, May 5-7. I highly recommend this show; it draws professional artisans from across the USA and occasionally beyond. I can never afford to buy anything, but it’s total eye candy. Here’s the website, if you need directions:

It’s going to be a busy weekend. I’ll have to do Miniature Fantasies one day and Brookside the other. Ahh, decisions, decisions!