Exhibitions: Dolls and Toys of Many Lands

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    Dolls and Toys of Many Lands

    • Dates: December 15, 1939 through January 29, 1940
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    • 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. View Original

    • Winter approximately 1939: AMERICAN GROUP
      New Orleans: Vegetable vender
      New England grandfather and grandmother
      Navajo man and woman
      Pilgrim couple
      Colonial couple
      Mohawk Indian girl
      Ozark Mountain couple
      Southern woman
      Amish couple

      Germany, Oberammergau
      U.S.S.R. man and woman
      Belgium, Fish peddler
      Holland, Volendam
      Denmark, Knitting woman Italy, Franciscan Monk
      Poland, Hootzool mountaineers
      Poland, Dancing girl of Cracow
      Greece, Evzone
      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
      Bulgaria, Priest
      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
      Ireland Leprechaun
      India Hindu woman
      Labrador Eskimo
      Canada, New Brunswick man and woman
      Italy, Vatican City Swiss Guard
      Italy, Rome Flower vender
      Italy, Alpine climber
      Italy, Venice
      Cuba, Spanish festival costumes
      Cuba, Rhumba dancers
      Cuba, Musicians
      Old Panama City, Woman
      Mexico, Peddler
      Guatemala, Rug weaver
      Bolivia, Indians in ceremonial dress
      Ecuador, Man

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 11-12/1939, 317. View Original

    • 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. View Original

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