Robin Grubbs has been a doll collector for many years and a member of the North Louisiana Antique Doll and Toy club for nearly fifteen years.
“I love being with other collectors to share what we know, knowledge and history,” he said.
Barbies are some of his favorites, especially early ones from the 60s to mid-70s. His collection includes more than 100 dolls, “It’s fashion, it’s all in the clothes” he says.
Member Anita Berg also has a large collection filled with dolls that bring back memories from her childhood.
Her mother and grandmother loved dolls and before she could even remember it, as evidenced by a Christmas photo she was just 2 years old, she was surrounded by dolls. She got her first Japanese wooden Kokeshi doll as a young child from a pen pal who lived in Japan, and now she has dozens more on display in her home.
Her favorite dolls are the 1950s lady dolls with the Madame Alexander Cissy doll, wearing a red dress with a full circular skirt, being one of the most prized in her collection. “The clothes, the hairstyles make me think of my mother and all the women of my childhood that I admired and wanted to become,” she explained.
Berg enjoys the camaraderie of the group but notes that doll collectors are all different. There are those, like her, who have always loved dolls, while some see it more as an art form. It turns out there are as many reasons to collect as there are dolls.
The club will host a luncheon and doll show on Saturday, October 17 at the First Baptist Church in Shreveport. The show is open to the public for free from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature a few sales tables where people can purchase dolls.
The lunch promises to be a fun event with Italian cuisine, early entry to the show, door prizes and a skit presented by the members called “Grandma’s Attic”. Grubbs will have a rag doll, like the Raggedy Ann dolls, and talk about her story and meaning. Other members will have other dolls, making the show an informative and interesting way to show off what this group loves. Lunch is $45 and opens at 10 a.m.
For more information about the North Louisiana Antique Doll and Toy Club luncheon, contact [email protected] or call 318-780-8864. The club meets once a month and includes a doll magazine four times a year with annual dues.