Lovingly: The Childhood Doll Collection of Jane Withers by: Florence Theriault

Lovingly: The Childhood Doll Collection of Jane Withers by: Florence Theriault

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Lovingly: The Childhood Doll Collection of Jane Withers by: Florence Theriault

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Being one of the most famous child stars of the late 30s, Jane Withers was in a unique position to assemble a doll collection which perfectly exemplified the popular culture of 1930's America.

Billed as a tomboy rascal with a wide-eyed "who, me?" expression, the child film star Jane Withers starred in 36 Hollywood films in the decade from 1934-1943, including "Ginger," "The Farmer Takes a Wife," and "Always in Trouble."

The childhood doll collection of Jane Withers is a mirror of the 1930s popular culture. Dolls representing child film stars, from Jane herself to Shirley Temple, Sonja Henie, and Deanna Durbin, are included in this collection as well as radio star dolls, such as The Lone Ranger and his sidekick, Tonto. Additionally, there are dolls of celebrity children of the times, including Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, the Dionne Quintuplets and even dolls representing the famous Doctor Dafoe and his nurse. There are dolls from the comic strips - Nancy, Kayo, Sluggo, Little Orphan Annie, Dagwood and Blondie - and dolls from storybooks, including Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Scarlett O'Hara. Early dolls inspired by Walt Disney including Snow White, Pinocchio, Pluto, and Ella Cinders add a magical touch. The collection includes Charlie McCarthy - along with an original trunk owned by Edgar Bergen and given to Jane by him. Classic childhood dolls of the 1930s - the tomboy Patsy, her boyfriend Skippy, Storybook costume dolls, and, sadly, as though marking the end of an innocent era, there are dolls in military costumes of World War II that round out the auction items.

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • 11359
  • Quantity
  • 2
  • Category
  • Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 2004
  • Country of Origin
  • USA
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 8.5 inches
  • Height: 8.5 inches
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 1.13 pounds
  • Condition
  • New
  • Material
  • Soft Cover

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