Famous Character Dolls

Famous Character Dolls

by Susan Brewer


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Part of the popular Famous series, Famous Dolls celebrates dolls in film, TV, cartoons, books, comics and comic strips, as well as toys such as Hamble in Playschool. It also explores the world of celebrity dolls including stars such as Shirley Temple and Mae West, pop star dolls including Michael Jackson and Cher, and dolls representing royalty. Written by leading doll expert, Susan Brewer, the author of British Dolls in the 1950s and British Dolls in the 1960s, the book starts with a series of essays setting dolls in context and exploring their role in popular culture. The main part of the book is an impressive A-Z of famous dolls, with symbols to show in which field they became famous (e.g. cartoons, toys or comic strips). The stories behind each of the dolls are told, including the tragic tale of Raggedy Ann and how a little girl inspired one of the most iconic character dolls of all time. A must-buy book for everyone who has ever own or collected dolls or is interested in popular culture.

Did you know?

• The author of Raggedy Ann, Johnny Gruelle, was a vehement anti-vaccination campaigner after his young daughter died when she was vaccinated at school without his consent

• Angela Rippon created the Victoria Plum doll series based on a plum tree in her garden

• Holly Hobbie is an author and illustrator who named the famous patchwork-wearing little girl after her. It became a popular doll in the 1970s

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844680948
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Former editor of Doll Magazine (collectors magazine) and Doll Showcase, Susan Brewer is now the British columnist and respected doll expert for US owned Collect It!. She grew up in Welwyn Garden City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Dolls in Books 8

Chapter 2 Dolls Representing Characters in Print 18

Chapter 3 Dolls Representing Characters in Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes 30

Chapter 4 Dolls Representing Characters in Films 40

Chapter 5 Dolls Representing Characters in Animated Films 52

Chapter 6 Dolls Representing Characters in Television and Radio 60

Chapter 7 Dolls Representing Characters in the Arts and Sport 68

Chapter 8 Dolls Representing Royal Characters 77

Chapter 9 Topsy-Turvys and Face-Change Dolls 87

Chapter 10 Dolls in Advertising 93

Chapter 11 Dolls in Music 102

Chapter 12 Historical Costume Dolls 107

Chapter 13 Costume Dolls, Festive and Commemorative Dolls and Others 116

Chapter 14 Dolls on Greetings Cards 124

Chapter 15 In Search of Topsy 137

Chapter 16 An In-Depth Look at Shirley Temple Dolls 141

Chapter 17 An In-Depth Look at Harry Potter Dolls 147

Chapter 18 An In-Depth Look at Annie Dolls 151

Chapter 19 An In-Depth Look at Alice In Wonderland Dolls 156

Chapter 20 An In-Depth Look at Snow White Dolls 163

Dictionary 170

Doll Songs and Music 237

Doll Stories for Children 238

Bibliography 239

Photo Credits 240

Acknowledgements 241

Index 242

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