Miriam makeba doll

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kiwiana poodle dogs

These  2 white poodle bottle  dogs   are examples of Kiwiana poodle bottle dogs made in New Zealand in the early 1960s. Pictured the cover page of  the New Zealand weekly  newspaper published in October 1963.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Frozen Charlotte doll in her pram - also called a penny doll, pillow doll, pudding doll

This is an example of the frozen Charlotte doll. We purchased this doll with her pram. The porcelain doll is 2,5 cm   tall made before 1930s. The plastic baby pram was made approximately between  1960s – 1970s.

Here is an introduction written c. between 1940s- 1970s. Page 11 of an unknown newsletter, written by M. H.

" This very little one piece figure, sometimes known as a "pillow doll" or a "Penny doll", was Christened "Charlotte" - heroine of an ancient new Zealand ballad.

I think the most of you know the story of fair Charlotte setting out with her lover, Charles, to attend a ball, fifteen miles away. The night was stark, and her mother begged her to wrap herself up in a warm blanket. But "No, No! fair Charlotte said,  and she laughed like a Gypsy Queen. "To ride in a blanket muffled up, I never will be seen!"

After a terrible journey through the icy night, Charles speaks to his lover. But Charlotte was stiffened, and word spoke never more.
The ballad ends on a solemn note of warning -

"Now ladies, when you hear this;
 Think of that dreadful sight,
And never venture so thinly clad
 On such a winter night."

These little dolls, like our Christmas Pudding "Lucky Dolls", were leaked in a wedding cake with a thimble and a ring. When the cake was cut, the person whose slice contains the doll, might expect the new baby during the year; the ring foretold a marriage; and the thimble - that its possessor would die an old maid. They are also said to have been used in tea-cups in place of a spoon, to prevent china from cracking when boiling water was poured into it.

The "Frozen Charlotte" may vary in a size from half an inch to 18inches, and has been made in china, Parian...bisque and even metal. 

China, or china -ware as it was first called from the country of its origin, was first brought to Europe in the 16th century by the Portuguese, who named it porcelain.

Bisque is an unglazed china. Parian, a finer form of bisque, is more suitable for delicate moulding..."

2013 Ballarat Model Railway Exhibition

Last month Mary O’Neill went to Ballarat Model Railway Exhibition in Australia.

Mary O'Neill
Mary talked to club members David Barnes from Adelaide and Chris Walschots from Ballarat.

Chris Walschots
Chris has been making train model displays for 5 years. He created a display named Turtle Creek Junction (B&D MRC Inc. Junior Layout).

David Barnes with his partner Vikki created a display named Little Oaklands. “ I like train models since I was young . A little Oakland is a rural branch somewhere in the North of England”, David said.
 David Barnes
Mary said "The first  time I went to Ballarat was in 1996. This was the year when the current spelling of Ballarat was officially recognized. However, this year was the first time I visited the Ballarat Model railway exhibition. The club members use their skills in a meaningful and realistic way. They also achieved aesthetic related goals. This was a very friendly and informative meeting with club members. Thank you for the copy of your magazine".
Little Oaklands

Monday, July 22, 2013

The "Early Years" doll exhibit held at RSA on the 15th of July 2013

The "Early Years" doll exhibit held on the  15th of July 2013 - prepared for the RSA Women's Group in Napier.

(RSA - Returned Services Association).
The exhibited dolls were: "Boy from Gore (New Zealand) Composition doll, late 1800s; "Girl in Blue" NZ Pedigre doll, late 1940s; "Chrysanthem" English Rosebud doll early 1950s; "Rangitikli sailor" Nora Welings doll c. 1930s; "Friends" Cloth dolls late 1800s; "Mother and child" Cloth Kewpie dolls, c. 1940s; "Pink Lady" Pitcairn Island doll, c. 1950s and "Jane and Jenny" Musical rocking baby wind up doll 1960s - 1970s.

The Mary O'Neill Doll Museum comprehensive display of exhibits are both interactive and informative. Something interesting, every day...