The Other Russian Dolls: Antique Bisque to 1980s Plastic

Linda Holderbaum

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As interest in Russia increases, increased value and attention are focused on its history-rich ethnic dolls, and this is the only comprehensive resource available. For those who collect, deal in, or appraise dolls from the 1920s to the 1980s, here are essential tips on identification; helpful resource documents such as rare postcards, advertising, and press photos; and over 800 photos of Russian dolls dressed in costumes representing Russian historical periods, as well as those featuring various ethnic cultures. Begins in the 1920s with antique dolls of bisque and cloth stockinette, then travels into the 1930s and 1940s for the composition dolls, and moves on to the 1960s through the 1980s, when the USSR was showcasing its fifteen republics with dolls of plastic. Also covers dolls representing various folklore characters, as well as the popular Russian tea cozy dolls.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 820 color images | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764357817

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Linda Holderbaum began collecting dolls in the 1960s, leaning toward ethnics because they were affordable for a young collector. Over the years the collecting expanded into clothing and accessories as well. She began writing for various doll magazines in the 1970s. She was a judge for two doll exhibitions/competitions in Michigan for over 15 years and was the chairperson of the UFDC Region 12 Conference in Battle Creek in 1989. Professionally she has worked in the museum field for 30+ years as a curator and an executive director. Many of the exhibitions she curates are cultural in nature and work closely with several ethnic groups in her community. She believes that dolls are truly a mirror of man and have much to teach us.