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May 7, 1992 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Opening the door to Elsie Carr's living room is like stepping into doll heaven. Inside the small room of Carr's West Chester farmhouse, more than 200 dolls are seated on the pale pink carpet. They're gathered around the sofa, as if waiting to make conversation with their owner. But it is only Carr who speaks, and with a bit of sadness in her voice, as she tells the story behind each of the dolls in her collection, and the reason she decided to sell all but four at an auction this week.
NEWS
July 29, 1995 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Theriault's, perhaps the best-known name in the buying and selling of antique and collectible dolls, will be in Philadelphia tomorrow for a day-long doll auction. More than 500 rare dolls, accessories, toys and clothing will be offered at the sale beginning at 10 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Several are expected to sell for five-figure prices. Dolls, a popular collectible almost anywhere you go, have a particularly strong following in the Philadelphia region because some of the best American specimens were made by Schoenhut, a Philadelphia manufacturer.
NEWS
April 29, 1990 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
King Louis XVI, dressed in an apple-green satin suit, and his wife, Marie Antoinette, dressed in pink velvet and white satin, proudly strike a royal pose on a table in Amelia Kibort Smith's living room. Although the two were beheaded during the French Revolution, their image is still very much alive among the 500 dolls that Smith has collected during the last five decades. The two also are her favorites out of the collection. Smith will display 100 dolls from her collection from 2 to 5 p.m. today at an exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society, 58 N. Broad St. in Woodbury.
NEWS
December 15, 1988 | By Diane M. Fiske, Special to The Inquirer
When Margaret Johnston's daughter Susan was a little girl, Johnston decided she wanted to instill in the child a reverence for the past. "I thought it was important to try to overcome the idea of the throwaway society," Johnston said. "Originally, I wanted my daughter to learn to treasure toys from her history and from other lands. " So, in addition to the latest, fashionable doll that might be on every little girl's most-wanted list, Susan received dolls from the past. Susan, who is now in her 40s, learned to appreciate such items as her grandmother's doll-size tea set and antique sleds and baby carriages.
NEWS
February 3, 1991 | By Laurie Halse Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
There's something about a doll discarded on the floor that makes you bend over and pick it up. You rebutton the shirt, smooth the hair and maybe, if no one is looking, give it a quick hug before gently placing it on a chair or tucking it under the arm of a sleeping child. That's what the members of Project Self-Sufficiency, a program of Community Housing Services in Lansdale, are counting on. "A doll is the universal child," said Jean E. Dilworth, the project's manager. "By buying one of our handmade dolls, people can help a homeless or near-homeless child in their own community.
NEWS
January 11, 2003 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
In the best New Year's tradition, Ron and Eileen Rhoads' first big sale of 2003 will clean house on behalf of three area consignors: a furniture dealer, a button collector, and a collector of dolls. All told, more than 800 lots of furniture, glassware, paintings, dolls and collectible buttons will be offered at the auction, beginning at 9 a.m. next Saturday at the Kimberton Fairgrounds south of Phoenixville. The furniture dealer is Eugene Myers, who for 30 years ran Devon Furniture on Lancaster Avenue.
NEWS
October 23, 2004 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
Dolls are playthings of enduring popularity. The first were made thousands of years ago and, of course, dolls are still popular today. More than 75 lots of dolls made within the last 15 years will be offered by Barry S. Slosberg Inc. at an auction beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Port Richmond. It is one of several sales over the next few days devoted to contemporary arts and crafts. The dolls include such makes as Gorham, Lenci, Prestige and Dynasty, names not generally associated with a field traditionally dominated by Schoenhut, Heubach and Armand Marseille, among others.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1993 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Would you give your child a little purse-snatcher or car-thief doll to play with? How about a 15-inch-tall dope dealer? Carolyn Clark claims that playing with make-believe crooks helps young children avoid becoming real ones. To that end, Clark and her partner, Rennie Resmini, both Philadelphians, have designed "Thuggies," a line of 17 dolls. Each comes packaged in a cardboard "jail cell" with a "rap sheet" describing his or her crime - and the penalty being paid.
NEWS
October 30, 1988 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is not your typical guys-and-dolls story. For children, doll collecting is usually a haphazard affair, with shelves filling up with new specimens on birthdays and holidays. But Richard Wright of Birchrunville takes a different approach. Dolls are, after all, among the most valuable of antiques. Wright, 42, found a fortune in the antique doll business. He has a collection that includes everything from a wooden 18th-century Queen Anne doll to a German-made doll from 1909 that he recently bought at auction for $48,000.
NEWS
June 30, 2010 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
He doesn't sparkle in the sunlight - he's plastic. He can't hunt for prey - he's immobile. And he's only 17 inches tall - not exactly a towering Byronic presence. Still, for some fans of Stephenie Meyer's immensely popular Twilight series, the Edward Cullen doll by Tonner is the next best thing to the books' vampiric hero. The high-end dollmaker, known for its realistic figures based on popular movie characters, saw sales hit a record high with its first Edward doll, released in 2009.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
EUGENE TOWNES was driving a friend home on the night of July 16, 2013, when he saw two cars weaving in and out of traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard. As he drove up the crest of the hill, at 2nd Street, he realized something happened. He stopped his car. "There was a lot of debris, and I saw a baby carriage," Townes, 45, testified. "Then I saw what looked like a doll. Then I saw a baby. Then I seen another kid laying there. I thought, I can't believe what I'm seeing. It's something you'll never forget.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS may have taken a vow of celibacy, but that doesn't mean he can't cuddle. And with the release yesterday of the official - and officially adorable - plush Pope Francis doll for the World Meeting of Families, everyone now has a chance to cuddle with Catholicism's lovable leader. The pope doll, which will retail for $20, was just one of many official merchandise items unveiled yesterday at a City Hall news conference where Philadelphia-based Aramark was announced as the official retail vendor for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit in September.
REAL_ESTATE
February 8, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
When it comes to Philadanco, the award-winning dance company she created back in 1970, Joan Myers Brown is all focus. Fervor for the company, she acknowledges, has been second only to her delight in family. "My home, well, it's a good place to kick off my shoes and relax. But it's nothing fancy. " What her University City home is, however, is a warm and welcoming place that has brought Brown back from her years of rearing children in the suburbs to a more urban existence.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I LIKE PLUGGERS. My favorite plugger these days is pint-sized charmer Melissa Shang. Not because she sparred with American Girl, maker of dolls that bankrupt you, and lost. But because she's gonna make a believer out of those who told her no. Melissa is 11 years old, has a super-best friend named Cassidy, carefully observes what the "the cool girls" wear at school, makes fun of her dad's cellphone ineptitude and sings a heart-melting rendition of "Let it Go. " So she's practically indistinguishable from a million other sixth-grade girls in America.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Donald G. Doll, 97, of Ocean City, N.J., a former Lutheran pastor at churches in Atlantic City; Ardmore; and Springfield, Delaware County, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. In 1962, Pastor Doll served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Council of Churches. "There was an ecumenical movement in Philadelphia in the early '60s led by this council, as they attempted to narrow differences among the various Christian faiths," his son Brian Sr. said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* DOLL & EM. 10 and 10:25 tonight, HBO. * THE 100. 9 tonight, CW57. LARRY DAVID ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Emily Mortimer ("The Newsroom") don't seem to share much beyond HBO. At least not until tonight, when Mortimer can be seen playing a less-than-flattering version of herself in a semi-improvised show of her own devising. Not that she devised it by herself. The six-episode "Doll & Em," which will be shown in back-to-back episodes each Wednesday for the next three weeks, is Mortimer's collaboration with best friend and fellow actress Dolly Wells ("Bridget Jones's Diary")
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Out of all of his forecasts, the one that sticks out among Robert Doll's "2014 Ten Predictions" is that the stock market will perform admirably - after suffering a 10 percent correction. In an interview, Doll, the chief equity strategist at Nuveen Investments, based in Chicago, said he expects U.S. equities will record another good year in 2014 - but that 2013 may have "stolen" some returns from this year. "Last year wasn't normal," Doll said. "The market just went straight up. This year will be more volatile and bumpier.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
PAOLI When 10-year-old Melissa Shang of Paoli posted her online petition that calls for a physically disabled American Girl doll Dec. 28, she hoped it might gather 10,000 signatures. A week later, more than five times that many people across the country and Canada had signed. "It gained a life of its own," Melissa's sister, YingYing, 17, said. The petition had 1,300 signatures within the first 24 hours. After another 24 hours, more than 16,400 people had signed. Change.org said the sisters' campaign is among the top five fastest-growing petitions in the United States on the site.
NEWS
December 31, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR AS LONG as she can remember, 10-year-old Melissa Shang has battled Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. The incurable genetic disease damages nerves - causing debilitating muscle weakness and numbness - and requires Melissa to use a wheelchair or walker to get around. When she was 7, Melissa fell in love with American Girl dolls, the pricey must-have toy of young girls from coast to coast and beyond. She cajoles her college-student sister to play dolls with her on trips home.
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