I grew up during the 1950's and my love affair with dolls began then. This picture was taken on my birthday in 1951. The dolls you see in the picture all belonged to my sister and me.
Once I discovered GINNY on eBay I acquired some friends for my childhood GINNY along with furniture and accessories. I now enjoy setting my dolls up in scenes. Yes, I still play with my dolls! I love GINNY as much today as I did as a child. I now collect vintage GINNY dolls, modern GINNY dolls, and vintage reproduction GINNY dolls and some of their friends and relatives.
I do not collect what serious collectors call mint dolls. Rather I prefer what my friend Linda calls "previously loved" dolls. I collect the less than perfect fixer-uppers that some little girls back in the 1950's loved. I clean them up, fix their hair, wash their clothes, etc. Then I play with them.
I let my imagination go wild and try to have my pictures tell a story. I am no photographer. I'm just a snap and shoot kind of person, but I have fun doing it. It's a great escape and I can't help but smile when I walk in my doll room. All the stress of the day seems to melt away.
Here are some examples of the pictures I take (click to enlarge):
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