Monday, May 11, 2015

The Doll Book

Spanish doll with sailor costume.
This is typical of the dolls that Spain
makes "for export."
        To all those who are interested in dolls, from the children who play with them to the students of their ethnological and educational aspects, I dedicate this story of the doll.
      I take this opportunity of acknowledging my indebtedness to those who have contributed to my store of information, among whom are several authors unknown to me, as I found many unsigned paragraphs on the subject in magazines and newspapers. I am also grateful to the many friends who have brought and sent me dolls and puppets from all parts of the earth.
      Especially are my thanks due to Mrs. John Cooper, of Shanghai, who from the first shared my enthusiasm and who has made my collection unique by her contribution of old and valuable Chinese and Japanese dolls.
      My collection owes its origin to the following incident: In Yokohama, while shopping with a friend, I saw a number of Japanese manikins. I admired them so much that one of them was put into my Christmas stocking, making the nucleus around which I have gathered several hundred character dolls.
      During a six years' tour around the world, I had time and opportunity to study doll-lore in many countries. I found that the love of the doll is common to children of every land, and that many legends and folk-tales in which the doll figures, bear a striking resemblance to each other, though they may come from widely diverse parts of the earth, facts from which it is but natural to conclude that dolls are among the most potent factors in the civilization of the world.
      The study of the doll has given me great pleasure, which I trust will be shared by my readers. Of these, the children will delight in the pictures of many forms of their beloved playthings; while the older readers may find food for thought in the ethnological, historic, and sociological aspect which the subject presents.
      Much of what you will read and view here are the abridged text and photographs by Laura B. Starr. The content has been edited, updated and adapted for classroom use. However, adult visitors may wish to read the original book located at the Internet Archive.

CONTENTS: Chapters are linked below as these are transcribed and edited for young students.
  1. Antiquity of the Doll: Old Egyptian Dolls, Dolls from multiple cultures
  2. Etymology of the Doll
  3. Some Historic Dolls and Other: Hindu Dolls, Dolls in Deerfield Memorial Hall
  4. Puppets and Marionettes: Cedar bark dolls, Russian ancient court costumes
  5. Fashion Doll: East Indian king and queen
  6. Oriental Dolls: Chinese antique and tilt-up dolls, Chinese marionettes, Manchu general and his wife, Mikado and wife
  7. Japanese Dolls: Chinese baby and Japanese girl doll with baby, Japanese doll with 5 wigs
  8. Some Remarkable Collections: Swiss dolls and a Persian, Siberian and Dutch doll examples
  9. Dolls of the Nativity
  10. The Authors Collection: Doll examples from: Persia, Lebanon, Spain, Norway and Nicaragua to list a few
  11. The Manufacture of Dolls: Dolls dressed in traditional Irish costume, corn hush dollies
  12. Doll Curiosities 
  13. Curious Customs and Tales of Doll: Welsh and German doll types
  14. North American Indian Doll: dolls in canoes and toboggans
  15. Home-made Doll: styles and techniques
  16. The Educational Value of the Doll 

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