Friday, December 31, 2010

A Meeting with Doctor of Doll Repair

I sat on a chair in his office. Dolls, doll cloths and doll parts were surrounding me. At one point in his life he had two large storage sheds full of dolls and other doll stuff.  He had a doll shop. He participated in doll shows. He still repairs dolls.  He is well respected by all in the doll industry.  He just finished repairing dolls that were burned in a fire.  Currently working on American Girl doll repairs.

Wikipedia wrote-
"In 1986 the first Pleasant Company catalogs debuted character dolls Samantha Parkington, Kirsten Larson, and Molly McIntire. Offered for sale with these dolls were the first three stories of each character's eventual six-book series, period outfits and accessories, and storage options. The dolls were designed by Götz, a German doll-maker. Since then, the company has added to and expanded its historical character line as well as ceasing production of some older characters. The company has also branched out into numerous other product lines, among them the American Girl magazine, myriad fiction and non-fiction publications, a line of contemporary 18-inch 'American Girl of Today' dolls, and the 'Bitty Baby' and 'Bitty Twins' collections. Pleasant Company was sold to Mattel, Inc. in 1997, and the name of the company subsequently changed to American Girl."

The American girl dolls between 1986 to 1997 are very collectible.

The doll hospital is in Bothell WA, about 15 minutes from my home. I found the DollPalace web site and plugged the phone number and address in my Iphone.   "The Doll Palace General Hospital."    

I started a journey cleaning old dolls. I do not know how to repair them. The doctor learned how to repair dolls by the school of hard knocks. He bought useless dolls and parts to practice on. He dumped a porcelain doll in a burning trash barrel. Then practiced on the doll to clean her up.  He has done doll repair starting in 1984.  The art of doll repair is something that you can learn as you go.

I will keep in contact with Ken and hopefully meet his wife( Esther) some day.  They have been in the doll world together. Click on the title to enter their web page.

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