Connemara women Collectors Character Dolls handmade by "Jay" in Dublin

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Connemara women Collectors Character Doll from Dublin

This an example of the Irish Collectors Character Doll- handmade by Jay in Dublin. The doll represents a woman from the Connemara district in western Ireland. This doll was made of wood,plaster, cloth, felt, wire, acrylic yarn and human looking hair. (The doll hair has not been examined). Tag:"When she was at home she wore a coloured homespun skirt, shawl, headdress and pink apron. As she worked on the land the shoes or pampooties made from rough raw hidesgave her feet greater protection from the rocky land."

Friday, February 5, 2021

Bernadette - Joanne Walker Doll made in the 1950s

Another Catholic doll this one was made in the 1950s! In the previous post, Rosemary wore her Christening dress. This is an Australian Joanne Walker 70 cm tall doll we named Bernadette. She wears a Catholic scapular with a medal around her neck and looks very pretty. The holy card represents the Holy Mary and baby Jesus offering scapulars. (Whoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.)

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Rosemary - Morimura Brothers composition doll made between 1915-1926

Mary O’Neill Doll Museum named this doll Rosemary. In more detail, this is an original Morimura Brothers composition doll made in the early 1920s. For that reason, Rosemary is a part of the Art Deco childhood. Japanese Morimura Brothers dolls were made between1915-1926. The Morimura Brothers dolls from that period are copies of German bisque dolls. Those dolls are characterized by five-piece composition bodies. Another distinguishing feature of the Morimura Brothers composition doll is a German doll bisque socket head style and doll mark with initials: MB (Morimura Brothers). Those two letters are separated by a symbol and placed in a circle. Below the circle is written Japan. Morimura Brother dolls of this age and condition are worth 600 NZ dollars (Jan 2021).

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Doll dressed in Slovenian Alpine costume

This is another example of a doll dressed in the Slovenian Alpine costume. The 'avba' hat characterizes not only the upper Carniola, or Gorenjska - it is also worn in lower Carniola, or Dolenjska and west Stajerska. See also Doll in Sloveniannational costume 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Rexard doll Mary Queen of Scots

This is a Rexard doll named Mary Queen of Scots.

Souvenir doll from Bermuda

 This is a souvenir doll from Bermuda made in 1970s.

Doll in the Mauritius ethnic costume

This is an example of an easter African doll in the  Mauritius ethnic costume. 

Souvenir doll from Sestine in Croatia

This is an example of a vintage doll made in Croatia. This souvenir doll wears the Sestine national costume of the Croatan capital Zagreb. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Mother and daughter -wooden dolls in Welsh costume

This is an example of a vintage handmade doll by Cillacraft Welsh Dolls. 

View other Welsh dolls  in Mary O'Neill Doll Museum:  

Pembrokeshire Fishwife dressed in the woven doll outfit made at Museum of the Welsh Woollen History

The ‘Collector Costume dolls by Rexard" - Doll in Welsh costume


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Let's open the door of our porcelain figure gallery called Rosannabrunn

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
New online gallery: Rosannabrunn - Porcelain figures: a taste of New Zealand's' yesteryears).

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Example of the first vinyl Pedigree doll in Maori kapa haka costumes made in the mid-1950s

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, published a story about Bessie Murray widow from Taihape in New Zealand.  Bessie made her dolls to support her family. Accordingly, she made Maori mother with moko and child doll, in 1930s.

In more detail Bessie's doll has: Maori hair style, moko and bag and jewellery that associate the look of green stone - combined with European (Welsh) outfit. 

In contrast, Pedigree Doll Company  (a subsidiary of Lines Bros) manufactured the first vinyl Maori doll in kapa haka costume with real feather. This rare doll was sensationalised internationally in 1950s. Height 30 cm.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Deans dancing dolls Charlie & Auntie from 1930s

Those two dolls belonged to Hazel Wyatt's mother. Mrs Wyatt is from Danevirke and donated a number of smaller size dolls to the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum."There isn't really any stories, except for the Charlie Chaplin and partner - Mum loved his movies and went to them whenever she could. It was continuous viewing - you could turn up in the middle of a movie and stay until the next viewing got to the place where you came in. Or even longer if you wanted.
Mum collected the dolls over the years from fairs and garage sales. She had them on display in her hobby room and later in her lounge."
Prior she posted me a parcel Hazel wrote:
"The pair of dolls in photo number 4728 were my mother's when she was a child (she was born in 1924). She said that the man was Charlie Chaplin and they used to be stitched together, dancing. The woman's dress is damaged in a couple of places and straw stuffing is exposed as shown in photo number 4720. They might be past it too."
Hazel thank you for your donation and a lovely story about your mum dolls. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New Zealand Pedigree walker doll: Jupiter king Thomas Arthur and 3 robots landed at Mount Victoria in Wellington

This is another NZ Pedigree walker doll made in the late 1940s -early 1950s.
Exhibit: Jupiter king Thomas Arthur and three robots landed at Mount Victoria.
Doll outfit: Mary O'Neill.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

NZ Pedigree doll dressed as a Morris dancer

This is another NZ Pedigree walker doll made in the late 1940s -early 1950s.
Exhibit:  Morris dancer
Doll outfit: Mary O'Neill

Wellington capital of New Zealand 150 Anniversary pedigree doll exhibit

This is an example of NZ Pedigree walkerdoll made in the late 1940s -early 1950s.
Exhibit: Wellington capital of New Zealand
150 Anniversary
Mary O'Neill Doll Museum doll
Doll outfit: Mary O'Neill

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Regal Toy Company Ltd. doll made in Canada in the 1960s

This is a very rear doll made by
Regal Toy Company Toronto,
Canada in the 1960s.
The original outfit. Doll height: 64 cm.
Doll mark: Regal Toy LTD. Made in Canada 240T.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review 2008-2018:How e-learning context occurs in the Mary O’Neill Doll Museum pages?

Its now ten years since I published the first post on the Blogspot pages. In this short review I would like to discuss Mary O’Neill Doll Museum e-learning contexts published on those pages. 

Back in 2008, I designed a doll history e-context thinking about  learner to content interaction. Did this learning approach ocure? Moreover, which learning approach has become relevant to the digital Mary O’Neill Doll Museum?
Prior to commenting on this, let's have a few words about how did it all start? In the time of the Web 2.0 early years I was learning how to use the ‘Classic Editor’.  I downloaded Yahoo Site Builder on my computer. In 2004, I applied my new knowledge in ‘frame editing’ – and created my first Mary O’Neill Doll Museum New Zealand hosted e-learning context web page. My role was to conduct the research, e-curate doll histories, photograph objects, and design web pages.

Back in 2004, a constraint in my e-learning context was the fact that the different browsers and devices open pages differently. This has become one of reasons, four years later - I switched to fast and easy to use Google hosted Blogger. The Blogspot custom  domain seemed more suitable for the interpretation of doll histories. 

Blogger template’s ability to unify the look of the posts giving them a look of the lesson: with a top post, the latest story. Posts arrive vertically with a ‘time stamped entries’. Moreover, posts are easy to navigate, they are simply scrolled up, or down.

Some doll stories included interlinks which allowed digression e.g.  A pair of wooden dolls dressed in Kujawy costumes made in Poland in the late 1950s to early1960s   See also:  Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume For that reason online readers have had an option to temporary depart the story, read another related story, and then return back. Consequently, exploring learning occurred.

The Bloggers platform fits with the Laurillard’s conversational framework that ‘technology provides an environment to enable conversation’. Accordingly, another reason why I switched to Blogger was to have an interaction with audience. Moreover, the Blogger always have had a space for online visitor’s comments.  

I disabled the anonymous chat feature, so the audience have had a chance to become –  ‘real people’ as defined by Garrison, Anderson and Archer in 2000. Moreover, I was having in my mind to acquire  non instructivist way of learning. Nonetheless, discursive interaction did not occur.

On average , 4% of the total Mary O’Neill Doll Museum online visitors send questions via email directly to me. In contrast, only a few visitors participated by making comments on Blogger.
Hence, this poor social presence on Blogger—means poor, or no cognitive presence. 

Conversely, I have been able to detect the cognitive process in the questions posed in emails. For example, the art student from the United States sent me an email asking me to use an image of two dolls from the1800s that have turned into sawdust for her assignment. A pair of cloth dolls from the late 1800s This was an example where cognitive process has started.  

Over the period of last 10 years, I received a large quantity of emails which is timely to reply to them all. At the same time, answering general questions via my personal email would advantage some, and it would not benefit the rest of the Mary O’Neill Doll Museum audience.

Where to now? There are over 10,000 dolls in storage which I am overwhelmed with. At this stage, I am able only to set up a small Kiwiana Childhood Museum. Kiwiana means artefacts unique to New Zealand, in a wider context favoured by New Zealanders.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Spanish Doll from Valencia holding a traditional paella dish

This is an example of a Spanish doll made circa 1960 which depicts a women from Valencia in Spain. The doll holds a traditional Valencian paella dish. This dish was traditionally made of white rice, white beans, meat and snails. This dish also contains a rosemary herb which adds to the famous flavour of this dish

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pembrokeshire Fishwife dressed in the woven doll outfit made at Museum of the Welsh Woollen History

Tag: 'Made in Wales Pembrokeshire Fishwife Gwnaed yng Nghymru.This doll is only one of a range. Others include: Brecon Girl, North Wales Girl, Gower Girl, Swansea Muffin Seller, Mid Wales Woman. This figure is dressed in real Welsh flannel and depicts a Pembrokshire Fishwife carrying fish for sale in a basket on her back. The flannel used in this figure is woven at Melin Teifi, Dre-fach Felindre, occupying part of the Museum of the Welsh Woolen Industry'. C Squared Toys. Height 17 cm.

Two dolls from Sri Lanka dressed in Kandy region dancing costume

Two dolls from Sri Lanka made circa 1960s. In more details, both dolls dressed in Kandy region dancing costume. This musical performance and ethnic clothes are the remnants of the  Kingdom of Kandy 1590-1815. Height 26 cm and 25 cm.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blackfoot chief by Carlson dolls made with pride in USA

This is an example of the Blackfoot American Indian tribal chief ethnic clothes by Carlson Dolls made with pride in USA. Height 18 cm.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Romanian calusar doll made in the 1970s

We have previously discussed a doll in the female  Romanian national costume which depicts the Oas regional etnographic costume of northern Transilvania. Similarly, in this post we present the doll in the male costume from the Bihor county and Crisanan Regional capital Oradea in Western Romania.

However, this costume has its origins in Moldovan tradition.  In more detail, this dance has had a feeling of some sort of spiritual warning, or coming of spring. This is a mystical spiritual dance and it was for the first time mentioned in the king Centemir’s Descripto Moldaviae Framkfurt und Leipzig 1771.  Although, historically shared at the same time with Romania, Moldova has become independent in 1991. Today, this dance is also performed in different Romanian surrounding countries by the  Romanian ethnic minorities.

However, pictured doll wears typical Romanian calusarii costume characteristic for the North West Romania. The word calusari is is of non-English origin. It was derived from the word calusarri given to dancers of this kind in Romanian language. There are different interpretations for the origin of the name calusari in Romanian language.However, calusari have been defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary  as 'a Romanian hobbyhorse dance’.

Doll height: 32 cm. This is an original Coop.Arta Crisana Oradea Papusa Port Popular Calusar.

Northern Transilvania regional costume made in 1970s

Pictured doll is a product of the Handicraft cooperation that made dolls in Romanian national costumes. Nonetheless, this doll is a typical example of the  regional costume. It refers to Romanian Oas region, situated north-east in the Satu Maru country, northern Transilvania. Satu Maru bordering countries are: Ukraine and Hungaria. This doll was made in the 1970s. Height: 21 cm.