I’m not so familiar with Madame Alexander dolls except through reading about them.  Marilyn is a blogging friend of mine who used to collect vintage dolls. It was Marilyn who was able to identify my Sweet Sue for me. I thought that our readers might enjoy reading about how Marilyn restored her composition doll. As she comments in her post there are not so many dolls hospitals about these days so sometimes you just have to learn to do things yourself.


I collected dolls for years. Collecting is easy. Restoring is more of a challenge. Before I gave up collecting, I learned to restore my old dolls.

Portrait of an old doll.

Up front, let me say that I’m not crafty. I can’t sew, crochet, knit, or carve. I can’t change the cartridges in my printer. I can write and I can take pictures. I can draw a bit. And I can cook. Otherwise, I’m pretty much a washout as a craftsperson. But I collected dolls for years. If you collect, there are things you need to do yourself because even if you have lots of money, finding someone else to do them is difficult … maybe impossible. I learned because I had no choice.

This is the best work I did. After Ana McGuffey, I pretty much stopped collecting and promptly forgot everything I ever knew. Use it or lose…

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  1. Thanks. I hope other doll collectors at least learn the basics. It used to be you could take you doll to the “hospital” and have her all fixed up, but no one does that anymore. So it’s useful to know how to replace hair (rooted or wigged) and fix stuff. Makes a good hobby too.


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