I'm so excited to share about my sister and brother-in-law's antique doll collection! There are 1000's of dolls dating as far back as the 1790s! Tina and Wayne inherited this collection from Wayne's mother, Christine. All of these dolls are displayed in their very own doll museum tucked inside their antique store in Arizona!
Christine started collecting dolls when she was just a small child. Her home life wasn't the best and so she put all her love into the dolls. Over the years she just kept collecting and collecting!
Wayne said when he was growing up, their house was full of dolls, dolls, dolls everywhere! In High School he would have friends come to the house and they would always ask him if he liked dolls? Wayne didn't have any sisters, so it was embarrassing to him for his friends to think that he was the collector!
Tina said, there are a lot of stories which Christine has told them over the years about the dolls. In fact, there is a motorized doll in a buggy that has movable arms and legs. Years ago, Christine hooked it up to a battery and pushed the buggy in the Rodeo Parade in Tucson. The Rodeo Parade is the longest horse drawn parade in the world, no cars whatsoever! The crowd could be heard saying that they could not believe that they were leaving that baby in the sun for so long!
One time they had bought a life size man doll and left it in the car because they got home so late. Since it was sitting in the passenger seat, they just left it there. In the middle of the night a police officer was seen standing outside of the car with his gun drawn telling the doll to raise his hands!
The very large dolls are from 1890s-1915. They are some of the largest dolls that Tina and Wayne have ever seen! The life-size dolls were mannequins and are from the 1940s.
I think this wax doll looks really creepy! It was said to have come over on a wagon train in the 1800s! Wax dolls are often called "wax overs," which means they are wax, over some kind of mold.
The Shirley Temple dolls were first made in the 1930s and are still being made today. Most of these dolls are from the 1930s when she was so popular!
The Dionne Quintuplet dolls were also made around the same time as the Shirley Temple dolls in the 1930s. Several different companies made them and I am told that even Sears made some.
The Boudoir dolls were mostly from the late 1930s into the 1940s. They were also called bed dolls.