Welcome to our doll blog

I started this blog to learn something about writing blogs so I decided to write about something that is important to me, my dolls.

My dolls are not expensive, most are not mint or NRFB (never removed from box), a little piece of doll jargon I have learned. They are childhood dolls I couldn’t bear to part with, replacements for lost childhood dolls or dolls I wished I’d had. There are a lot of 1960s dolls because I was a child in the 1960s. There are fashion dolls of course, dolls made in all parts of the world, England, Australia, Canada, Italy and China. Dolls from op shops and markets, dolls I sat up half the night for hoping to win on eBay.

I hope to write a bit about each group of dolls, a bit about the dolls themselves and my own stories of how they came to me as well as other thoughts about dolls in general. I hope that if anyone stumbles on this blog they will enjoy reading about my dolls as much as I enjoy writing about them.

Recently I invited my sister Naomi to share this blog with me. Naomi has some of her childhood dolls too and has collected a few others as well as action figures as a part of her toy collection.

That's me on the left!
That’s me on the left!


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  1. I have a 2 foot doll made by Canadian dolls by Evelyn Strahlendorf. She is beautiful! Says she is in 3rd edition page 310 of collection. I haven’t been able to find her yet? Blonde, blue eyes wearing a faux mink jacket, or along the lines of that? And she walks with assistance of child. Any ideas as to how and find out Moreau? Sincerely Joan


    • Hi Joan. I am impressed that you have read that book. I’m always referring people to it but being in Australia have never seen a copy I could afford to buy. About the doll I assume you are checking eBay and other auction sites already. Other sources you might try would be doll shows if there are any in your area, doll clubs and even antique shops and fairs as dolls often show up. Other collectors go to deceased estate sales which is often a good source for older dolls. I’m happy to post a picture of her here on the blog too. Maybe someone who has one or knows of one for sale will contact you that way.


      • Hi Dave. It looks like you are in the USA so I can’t give you a lot of advice. I’m in Australia. However you can try eBay or similar online sales sites. If you do social media Facebook also has a lot of doll collecting groupls where people buy and sell. They are usually also quite knowledgable about identifying dolls and could help you. The key thing when you try to sell her is to give a complete description including any makers marks on the dolls body, a description of any flaws and some nice clear photographs. I hope this helps.


  2. Hi there, I am desperate to find my childhood Ratti Italian 12” Tjorven doll. She had freckles and an open mouth with teeth. My grandmother gave her to me and I lost her. I’m now 59. I’ve looked on eBay, Etsy, Amazon with no luck. Can anyone help please. Nancy.

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    • Hi Nancy, it can be really hard to find a particular old doll so I wish you luck with your search. I don’t know if you do social media but many doll collectors are now buying and selling on Facebook doll groups so you might try one of those or ask a friend or relative to look for you if you don’t want to check Facebook yourself.


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