Monday, September 10, 2007

The Collector's Eye

There's a lot to be said for eBay. It's easy and accessible, a 24-hour garage sale and flea market. But most of what I've learned about paper doll collecting I picked up at paper doll conventions. Nothing beats seeing the item first-hand, getting a feel for the paper and--most importantly for me-- finding out what other people collect, what they value and hearing them talk about their passion, either casually on the sales floor, in a workshop or in a special exhibit. Suddenly, newspaper paper dolls, handmades and Raphael Tucks are on my radar. And the hunt begins. Here's Jack Cranford, by Tuck.

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