Black Doll collecting

Black Doll collecting — Gladys MacDowell

Tuesday, Joey, and Amanda


During the last week of September of this year, I was contacted by an antiques dealer, David, who wanted to share photos of a portion of a collection of black dolls his shop had recently acquired. The dolls had been part of an eclectic collection of thousands, representing a variety of ethnicities, formerly owned by a doll lover who had the means to purchase most any doll she desired.  Wouldn't...

Cal's New Wig

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Tags black wax doll, Cal, Gladys MacDowell, I. V. Roberts, Tuesday

I created a stocking cap for Cal soon after his arrival a year ago to conceal his unsightly hair loss.

Because his original human hair wig has several missing hair plugs, making a wig for Cal has been on my to-do list since his arrival with his sister, Tuesday, almost a year ago to this date.

Profile photos illustrate Cal's multiple missing hair plugs.
The original plan had been to maintain the...

Finding Tuesday

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Tags black wax doll, Gladys MacDowell, I. V. Roberts, Mama Jo's House of Dolls

Tuesday, a 17-inch wax doll, photograph courtesy of Mama Jo's House of Dolls

The thought of owning Tuesday, the doll shown above, dates back to 2012 when I stumbled upon Mama Jo's House of Dolls on Facebook.  The Facebook page and Ruby Lane shop of the same namebelong to Jo Maeder*. Jo is author of When I Married My Mother. Jo's book is a candid account of her re-established relationship with her...