25 Mar, 2010
Vintage Doll Exhibit in Los Angeles Heritate Square Museum Apr. 23-
A Child’s Friend: A Look at Vintage Dolls 1840-1920
The doll pictured is part of a featured exhibit at the Heritage Square Musuem. Notice the hand-painted face, real human hair, glass eyes, period olive green velvet dress, and leather shoes that make the doll unique.
Although the jointed doll’s body is papier-mâché, notice the bell-style head. We believe the doll and costume date to somewhere in the range of 1877 to 1931. The doll is 29” tall and was made by CM Bergmann.
LOS ANGELES – The amazing world of vintage dolls includes models in all different shapes, sizes, compositions and configurations. Metal heads, fur eyebrows, glass eyes, wood, cloth, and even celluloid bodies were all regularly seen among these toys. Bring your children to see just how different Dolls during the Victorian era were from those of today. A Child’s Friend: A Look at Victorian Dolls runs April 23 - May 23, 2010.
Over 40 dolls take visitors on a trip around the world to see just how diverse, interesting and sometimes exceptionally odd dolls could be during this period. From a 1840s American-made chinadoll to an 1880’s 26” doll made by the N.B. Japan company to the famous ACME dolls of the 1920s, this exhibit is a must for any collector of vintage dolls. The exhibit will be on display in Mt. Pleasant Home, which was built in 1876 and was considered one of the grandest residences in the area at the time.
Celebrating 40 Years of Preservation and Interpretation of the History of Southern California, Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles. Eight historic structures at the museum site help to unlock the key to the history of Southern California. The museum is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of downtown Los Angeles. For further information, the public may call (323) 225-2700, heritagesquare.org.
The vintage doll exhibit is included with admission. Cost: $10 adult; $8 senior; $5 child age 5-12. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 5 p.m.
Other events have included the annual Heritage Square Museum Fashion Show & Tea.