Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hopestill Izannah Walker Reproduction Dolls Will Be Available Soon

In the past when people have made dolls taken from molds of Izannah Walker dolls I've written abou tit here. It's only right that I do that for my own work. I (Dixie Redmond) have been working on pressed cloth dolls taken from a mold of my antique Izannah Walker doll named Hope. These dolls will make up the Hopestill clan. 

I will be offering Hopestill dolls for purchase after they are completed, so if you are interested, follow along at my art blog Northdixie Designs 

If you want to be in the know about when Hopestill dolls are ready to find new homes, please follow this page. Even better, when you click on the follow button, you can have a choice to include this page in your "see first" options, that way you will not miss an update. 

I will be posting to my email list, on my Facebook business page, and here on my blog, when one of my Hopestill doll clan is ready. 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Kathy Duncan's Research: Advertisements of Miss Walker Dolls With 1881 Prices!

Good things come to those who wait! 

The internet is a constantly changing place, with information being uploaded all the time. Remember microfiche and the dizzy feeling you got looking at those? Many of those old newspaper archives have been digitized and are available online. 

Kathy Duncan has done some outstanding research and posted wonderful new information she found regarding Izannah Walker's doll sales. To find an advertisement with the price of an Izannah Walker doll is quite a discovery! This information is posted on her blog, Flimsiest and Frippery in a post entitled "Miss Izannah Walker's Celebrated Cloth Dolls", 

Kathy reveals that E. W. Billings acted as Izannah's agent in wholesaling her dolls. Click here to read her exciting post. There is a LOT more information about Izannah, E. W. Billings, and how this information suggests that perhaps Izannah's business was a larger operation than past information has provided. 

Ads describing a "Miss Walker" dolls in the Evening Bulletin of Rhode Island are shown below: 

This 1874 ad reads: 

The Everlasting Cloth Doll.
Tho Proprietor would inform
the trade that be is now pre-
pared to sell at wholesale

For which he has been agent for so many years
Please send your orders for the Holidays. Those
Who've left their orders at the store to be filled,
Will please call and make their selections at 
99 Westminster St., Butler Exchange. 
___ ___ ____ E. W. Billings 

Below ad from Thursday 15 Dec 1881, p. 1

WELCOME, SANTA CLAUS. - The fabled Kris
Kringle is pictured as bearing upon his back an
Enormous pack, filled with toys and playthings
For children of all ages and conditions, and every 
Year he stops at the store of E. W. Billings, in 
Butler Exchange, and purchases a large supply of
toys and fancy goods, including dolls of all sizes 
and peculiarities. He will lay in a stock of Miss
Walker's cloth dolls this season, their chief merit 
consisting in their ability to stand rough usage 
and abandonment serenely. 

Below is the ad from 1881 on p. 3. 
Listed by E. G. Billings

This ad reads: 

Butler Exchange. 
Games and Novelties
At lower prices than elsewhere.
Agency for MISS WALKER'S
CLOTH DOLLS; reduced price

And CLOAKS, which are now, 
beautiful and cheap. 

Again, be sure to visit Kathy's blog. Click here to read her exciting post which has a LOT of information in it.

Ida Mae: An Izannah Walker Doll

Back in the fall I visited with a wonderful lady, who shared her antique Izannah Walker doll with me, and allowed me to document her doll.  ...