THE  by Eleanor St. George

THE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

introduction is a hobby that has an astoundingly large number of followers. It is book that has been very much needed, and the author- herself owner of a very large collection-has shared the information she has gleaned from many other collectors. A plete, though brief, history of doll making, up to today, includes descriptions of famous dolls, stories of people who made dolls, people who owned them. There are true stories, supplanting the fiction that has grown up about such dolls as the Joel Ellis doll; there is folk material as in the facts about the Schcenhuts; there's data on the earliest dolls, early wax dolls, English pedlars, and so on. There are photographs of over 450 dolls. Collectors will find a good deal of useful information here -- others may be inspired to start collecting. One could wish for a little more technical information to help in recognition of authentic old dolls, as against imitations. But the as it stands, fills a very real need.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1948