December 15, 1939: Actual dolls and dolls in books will be put on view in an exhibition from December 15th to January 15th at the Brooklyn Museum assembled from loans, the Museum’s collections and Museum library material.
The bulk of the dolls will be a collection of Brooklyn origin, which is being lent anonymously, consisting of 75 American and foreign contemporary dolls, all six to ten inches high. Among them are two characters from the Prince Igor ballet and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in coronation robes with a Grenadier Guard. (See accompanying list for other items in this section).
These will be supplemented by American and French 19th Century dolls from the Museum’s costume collection and, from other departments, puppets from Java, ritual dolls of the North American Indians, ancient dolls from Egypt and Greece, dolls from China and Japan and marbles and whistles from East India. There will also be fashion dolls lent by the Margit Nilsen Studios, the chief exponents of this type of doll.
Still another section will be this year’s version of dolls that have become classics in our time, such as Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling and Ferdinand the Bull, shown with the books and illustrations by which they became famous.
Other volumes and illustrations will be “Playing Cards” by Lady Charlotte Schreiber and Henry d’Allemagne, “Le Bon Genre” French color prints of performing dogs, puppet dolls, and a roller coaster of the 19th Century, “Toys” by O. Seyffert, “Die Hollandische Patrizierhauser” by Muller, “Poupees et Legendes de France” by Marie Koenig, “Spielzeug der Volter” a portfolio of European folk dolls drawn and painted by Fritz Rumpf and O. A. Erich and other authoritative books on the history of dolls will be open to plates. Some of the volumes will be “Histoire des Jouets” by d’Allemagne, “Children’s Toys of Bygone Days” by Grober, “Dolls” by Esther Singleton, “Toys of Other Days” by Mrs. F. Noville Jackson and colored drawings of Arizona Indian dolls with example or two of actual dolls from the Museum’s collections.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 11-12/1939, 316.
Winter approximately 1939: AMERICAN GROUP
New Orleans: Vegetable vender
New England grandfather and grandmother
Navajo man and woman
Mohawk Indian girl
Ozark Mountain couple
U.S.S.R. man and woman
Belgium, Fish peddler
Denmark, Knitting woman Italy, Franciscan Monk
Poland, Hootzool mountaineers
Poland, Dancing girl of Cracow
Greece, Court dress
Greece, Fete day dress
Hungary, Bridge and groom
Morocco, Water carrier
Morocco, Snake charmer
Morocco, Riff woman
Bulgaria, Woman with water pails
Czechoslovakia, man and woman
Thailand (Siam) Temple dancer
Russian Ballet “Prince Igor”
France, Blanch of Castille
France, Knight of the Middle Ages
France, Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes
France, Old French couple
England, King George VI Coronation May 1939
England, Queen Elizabeth
Scotland Royal Stuart tartan
India Hindu woman
Canada, New Brunswick man and woman
Italy, Vatican City Swiss Guard
Italy, Rome Flower vender
Italy, Alpine climber
Cuba, Spanish festival costumes
Cuba, Rhumba dancers
Old Panama City, Woman
Guatemala, Rug weaver
Bolivia, Indians in ceremonial dress
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 11-12/1939, 317.
January 12, 1940: The Exhibition of Dolls and Toys of Many Lands at the Brooklyn Museum which was at first scheduled to close on January 15th has been extended through Sunday, January 28th.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 01-02/1940, 010.