Sunday, August 31, 2008
Here's what I found on Geno's table today:
And then Geno handed me a few extras for free, because he said he wouldn't know how to price them. For some people they're just a bunch of damaged scraps, but for me they are a treasure. Thank you, Geno! And I hope you weren't kidding about joining us in Las Vegas next year.
First up: Bonnie Hanson's French Opera Theater.
"It's unusual when a Paper Toy takes a major award at a
Paper Doll Convention. but this theater is an exceptional
paper toy and, as such, won a Popular Special Award
as well as a Blue Ribbon.
"It's 3-dimensional, of course, and the paper figures on the
stage are moved about by means of the the attached wands
that extend through the wings out to the sides of the theater."
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Bonnie Hanson of Carver, Mass., was a big winner at the Competition.
Bonnie had last attended a paper doll convention in Atlanta, I believe. She called me when she saw the announcement of the convention in one of the antique weeklies (we sent press releases out to several). She had fond memories of her last convention, but somehow, she fell out of the convention loop. We're glad she's back in!
I know Garth will send along his comments to fill us in on Bonnie's wins; they'll be posted in the comments section, so be sure to click on the comments link right below this post.
Bonnie also displayed her handcrafted Shirley Temple tribute.
Clearly, the work of two different artists!
Thank you again Jean, for bringing this wonderful find to our attention.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here are some images from the competition, taken by Pat Corte Rooney. If anyone has more photos, do e-mail to me and I'll post them here.
Garth Lax did an outstanding job in arranging this portion of the convention. And Garth, if you have a minute, let me know more info on these items, and the winners of each category.
UPDATE: Click on the comments link below to see Garth's response.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Deanna Williams put together a program with biographies and filmography of the stars. Marilyn Henry displayed a Jane Powell paper doll she created as a teenager--this star has been a muse for Marilyn, and we were lucky to have her distribute a special souvenir, too. Artists Tom Tierney and Gregg Nystrom also gave Powell original paper dolls they created.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
David Wolfe did an outstanding job as master of ceremonies at the convention--he provided us with a fabulous souvenir AND some great video clips of Mary Martin and Ethel Merman from their famous 1953 TV special.
The link below will take you to youtube.com and a snippet of what we saw at the Saturday banquet. What you can't hear is what filled the banquet hall that evening: an impromptu sing-a-long, only missing Gene Maiden's clear, strong voice as in conventions past. (He is doing much better, and is already helping Deanna Williams plan next year's convention in Las Vegas.)
Mary Martin and Ethel Merman
I'd heard of the famous Martin-Merman special, but never saw it before--so thank you, David!
Something new to me was David's video flashback at Thursday's banquet: Mary Martin's hilarious history of fashion, using only the long black sheath she wore and a handful of props (unfortunately not available on youtube)--and that video was just a prelude to David's slide show taking us behind the scenes of Fashion Week in NYC. It was a fun peek at what goes on when the runways go up in Bryant Park!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Frede, Gregg Nystrom and Kis Eg.
Kis sent the photo and a message to post here:
"Hello Linda and all the nice people we meet in New Jersey.
We are back safe in Denmark and are going to write the letters for our Paper Doll letter, as we promised the girls over here. We had a safe flight home even as we were a little late from Newark airport, of course the weather made small troubles on the flight, not very much. We still have a lot of jetlag, but we are back on our duties. We want to say thanks to all of you for your sweetness, we loved it. Both of us: Frede and I. We hope to see some of you here in Denmark on April the 5th of 2009. Hope to hear back from you.
Sure, we will come back, but I am not sure of the Vegas meeting next year, of course we have to go to Australia for a wedding party at my cousin's daughter.
We had a great time at your place this August! I send you a picture, you are welcome to put it on the blog along with this mail.
Take care all of you. With kind regards and love from Denmark: Frede and Kis"
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
His father, Guido, had accompanied him to the Cleveland convention in 2003, but was not feeling well this time around. We hope he is feeling better, and perhaps we'll see them both next year in Las Vegas.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
A selection of Anna Lindner's handmade paper dolls were brought out just for us--they were exquisite watercolors of dolls with two-sided clothing. Curator Tim Decker gave me a copy of his notes, so as soon as I have pictures, I will add his narrative to the blog as well.
Many of you approached Decker and Linda Epps, president of the society who addressed our group, about reproductions of the Lindner collection. An excellent idea, and one I will reiterate in my own thank you note to the society.
Meanwhile, I hope many of you will write to the society as well, and perhaps add a small contribution. Like many small cultural institutions, the society depends on donations to keep going. They also have an online auction scheduled for Sept. 1 as part of their fundraising effort--and no, I do not think they are auctioning off any Lindner paper dolls!
New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
From left: Valerie Fahey, Ron Fong, Marion Creamer, Karl Beason and Paula Sherrick examine textiles during the tour.
A fabulous dress from the FIT collection, no doubt. If you have anymore information on this dress, do let me know.