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March 2017 Newsletter

Spring is here already? My how time flies. This year seems spring has brought quite the allergy season. So break out the antihistamines, drink plenty of water and carry on. 

Today is the last day to sign up for's Online doll show and sale.
Click <HERE> for Details or to Sign-Up.

I do want to thank those who continue to support the online show.  These people recognize that it is a new idea and that if nothing else, advertises their doll business. These people also recognize that it does not take away from the physical shows but expands the audience of the doll collecting community. And most importantly, these people know that the more online exposure they can get between physical events, the more sales they can achieve to help to be able to pay the fees and costs of the physical events.

Focus on events continues to be on my mind every day. This is why I not only developed the site in the first place but spend many of hours working on it and adding information to help with this mission. 

People who are able, will always come to the shows. We like to touch, feel and see the items we buy. There are some who just cannot make it to the physical shows for whatever reason. These collectors are still able to support the sellers and purchase the doll of their dreams in a different way. It is important to plant our seeds so we will have a harvest in the fall. Yeah, it takes time, but I have made a commitment to carry on no matter the opposition. On with the show....


Click <HERE> for Details or to Sign-up
Follow along during the show on our facebook page. 
(Membership to facebook is not necessary!)

Up Coming Events
Free Listings have been omitted from this list.  
Click <HERE>
for a complete listing.

  Mar 20-24 (Mon-Fri) ~ Ruby Lane Dolls Online
Mar 24-27 (Fri-Mon) ~ Online
Mar 25 (Sat) ~
Flat Rock NC
Mar 26 (Sun) ~ Fort Wayne IN
Mar 26 (Sun) ~ Omaha NE CANCELLED
Mar 31-Apr 1 (Fri-Sat) ~
Kansas City  MO

Apr 1 (Sat) ~ Roseville CA
Apr 1 (Sat) ~ Joplin MO
Apr 1 (Sat) ~ Albuquerque NM
Apr 1 (Sat) ~ Alexander NY
Apr 1 (Sat) ~ West Chester OH
Apr 1 (Sat) ~ Kingsport TN
Apr 2 (Sun) ~ Sturbridge MA
Apr 8 (Sat) ~ Chocowinity NC
Apr 9 (Sun) ~ Dedham MA
Apr 9 (Sun) ~ Toledo OH
Apr 15 (Sat) ~ Holland, MI

Apr 22 (Sat) ~ Fairport NY
Apr 22 (Sat) ~ Nashville TN
Apr 23 (Sun) ~ St Charles IL
Apr 23 (Sun) ~ Livonia  MI
Apr 28-29 (Fri-Sat) ~ Golden CO
Apr 28-29 (Fri-Sat) ~ Reno NV
Apr 29 (Sat) ~ Nampa ID
Apr 29 (Sat) ~ Greenwood IN
Apr 29 (Sat) ~ Westampton NJ
Apr 29 (Sat) ~ Grapevine TX
Apr 29 (Sat) ~ Spokane WA

 Special Thanks 
Show Sponsors
Pat Knutson - Southwind Doll Club - Escondido CA
Ruth Walker  - Doll & Bear Show - Richmond VA
Dene Alcott - Jewel City Doll Club - Glendale CA

Don't see your favorite event listed? Anyone can now "sponsor" an event listing.
Visit the "Submit Event" Page for Details.
Event Sponsors will be listed in the monthly newsletter
and in a special section on the site.
Oh Mama! Composition Mama and other Talking Dolls

Posted March 21, 2017 in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Early versions of statues that communicated included ancient Egyptian figures, gigantic in proportions that “spoke” through hidden tubes that allowed the wind to pass through them and make sounds. Centuries later, talking dolls began to have their say, then dolls that cried for their mothers.

Mama dolls have a musical history all their own, literally. We can sing the praises of the man credited as their inventor, b. 1783 Johannes Mäezel, who also invented the metronome.  In 1824 he took out a patent for a doll with a synthetic voice.  Later, he won an award for it at a Paris exposition.

The original doll is lost, but mama dolls have been made ever since.  Some are patent washable dolls that have a “squeak” box that makes the doll cry out, others have a voice box that cry “mama” when the doll is laid down or picked up.  <Click here to see full article>

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