As early as Greek and Roman civilization, small items,
made from brass and clay were used for play. Pieces
from Egyptions have been found and are still in
The first recorded structure was purchased in 1558
by Albrecht V of Bavaria. It was given to his
granddaughter. This house had many special
features, including a bathroom on the first floor.
The second floor had a kitchen and dancing room.
Also included were a sewing room and a bedroom,
with bedding and curtains in gold. He displayed
this house in his art chamber.
Princess of Saxony received a toy kitchen, filled with
nearly 200 kitchen pieces. Some of the furnishing
included a cradle, a barber's bowl and inkstands.
There was even a poultry run.
Phillip Hainhofer supplied Duke Phillip 11, of Pomeranis, with an art cabinet showing a farm scene, in 1617. The model was made by Mathias Kager and the animals were carved by Johann Schweglar. Hainhofer also provided a cabinet for Sweden's King Gustavus Adolphers. This one showed the town of Augsburg. It included mechanical dancing girls. The King received it in 1632.
Creator of Commemorative
& Historical Dolls
Peggy Nisbet wanted to commemorate the coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. There were no national or historical dolls on the English market at that time. Peggy had always loved costume design, English history and the royal family. She wanted to make a doll in the Queens likeness. Permission had to be given by Lord Chamberlain to make an image of any member of the royal family. It took many letters, visits and illustrations to earn the right to make the dolls.
Upon receiving the permission, she hired a local potter to make a 7 1/2 inch china doll to her specifications. She designed an elaborate costume. Depending entirely on home sewers, she completed 300 of these dolls and marketed them through Herrod’s Department store. With the success of that project, she was determined to build a doll business that would thrive and be loved by all.
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American has lost a treasure with the passing of Annette Funicello. She died on April 8, 2013, after a long and difficult battle with MS. She was a role model for how to live through a devastating illness and do it with grace.
Annette was born October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York to parents Joseph and Virginia Funicello. When she was four years old her family relocated to Los Angeles, California. They enrolled Annette in dance classes and singing lessons to try to help her overcome shyness. She excelled in both and at age 9, she won a beauty contest.
She was cast as Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake. Walt Disney saw her perform and hired her to be an actress for Disney Productions. She became a star with the Disney Corp. starring in several Disney movies and was also a recording star. She is fondly remembered as a Mouseketeer with the Mickey Mouse Club, along with several others who became actors and actresses, but she was the most loved of all. She later starred in "Beach Blanket" movies with Frank Avalon. These "surfer movies' were a huge hit with teens. She remained a mouseketeer during that time, with Walt Disneys blessing. All he asked is that she wear a modest bathing suit, not a bikini. Walt remained her mentor and a "second father figure" for her during the remainder of his life. 40 years after she began she said "Those were the happiest years of her life".
Photo: Annette Funicello on the Mickey Mouse Club, 1956; Source: Wikipedia Commons (public domain)
Annette Funicello Teddy Bears