Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Black Dolls in American Culture

Amazing article on Black Dolls in American Culture by Brit Benett for The Paris Review.
So interesting for a cultural anthropologist and /unofficial/ doll collector like me :-) 

                                  Dr. Kenneth Clark conducting the Doll Test with a young male child, gelatin silver print.                                    Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My dolls /vol. 11/

Today another one of my "Etnic/Folk" Barbies collection -
another 'hairy', massive earrings, wasp-waisted yet vintage at this point:

Dolls of the World® — Europe

Spanish Barbie 1991, 2nd edition
not so properly stylised photos from me yet...
(brown eyes, yay!)

offical Mattel session (oh dear, I'm missing mantilla):
source: http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/spanish-barbie-doll-2nd-edition-04963

and in original packaging:

source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41594821@N03/3859064631/

p.s. limited storage space ethnic identity issues:
my South African Barbie in Spanish shawl somehow...

p.s.2. the Spanish Barbie mold is called 'Steffie' /link/

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My dolls vol.10

Long time no see... 
my real life dollsdon't leave me much if any space for my hobbies recently...
Anyways - I'm back to catalogue my mini collection of not-so-obvious /to me/ Barbies :-)
Here is yet another ofthe least platinum Barbies possible - Esmeralda!
Gypsy Dancer (Mattel 1995) from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame
...amazing extra long crow blackhair, crazy sooo 90's ninety degrees arms, crazy waist and... 
fancy red permanent panties...
3rd edition with curly hair and contemporary arms is soo much better - 
but I'll make her work /at some point/

here are first photos by me:

and in original outfit and context:

source: http://tpod2.rajce.idnes.cz/Disney

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