Saturday, June 13, 2015

Today is World Doll Day!

Greetings everyone!

Today is World Doll Day! A beautiful tradition started by Mildred Seeley who in 1986 wrote this letter:

“So, you have not heard of World Doll Day? This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grand­mother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend. If you don’t have a child to give a doll to – find one. There are many children with no dolls.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country. I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time. Magazines will put out special editions. Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead. Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day. There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift. Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company. It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it. Lets do it now. World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality. Would you tell five people, ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on. World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.

Mil and Vernon Seeley
P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.”
*letter borrowed from Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter (

I do have plans to give dolls. I have a TON of Kelly dolls that I got from the thrift store. So once I get them out of storage and get some clothes for the poor girls (and one Tommy!) then I can work on giving them out to little ones in need. (Check out the whole ton of Kelly's I got here!)

So for this World Doll Day I would like to again show off this vintage beauty. Usually when I talk vintage I mean Barbie! However it was this gift I got from my Grandmother. 

The bells are from my Grandma's wedding cake but look how beautiful she is. 

There is minor cracking on her feet. She is not porcelain but kind of that paper mache type material.

Her dress is flawless.

In the lid of the box was written this message

My grandmother was born in 1929 so she would have been 14. I'm excited that she wrote this in the lid. My grandmothers memory is failing and if I were to ask her about it she would not likely remember. However when she did give it to my dad to give to me she said that she was going to give it to my cousin but decided that she wanted me to have it. And I'm glad!

This is a special doll that I cherish. I haven't named her yet and I'm not sure. Maybe Lorrine after my Grandmother (which is my middle name.) I could name it after Grandmas middle name except she hates it (It's Doris.)

And I'm so glad that I've met awesome collectors all over the world! You all are awesome and I love talking dollies with you and seeing all your collections. Love you all!

I was all ready to start on my re-do of the hair of Duchess Swan. But we are in the process of moving. We've got a couple of showings on our house and one offer so we will see if I will have to pack up the Ever After High dolls soon or not. However, there will be a new post possibly next week! (depending on when the mail arrives, HA!)

Until then and Happy World Doll Day!


discodiva1979 said...

What a dollie treasure to cherish with such tender memories of your dear grandmother. She is so beautiful

Teresa Brown said...

Thank you so much! She definitely is a real treasure :)