Doll News Summer 2014 - (Page 5)

President's Message B eing a collector there have been many times over the years when someone has asked me "what is that doll worth?" Often the question has come from someone outside the doll world who is either amazed that dolls have any monetary value or who thinks their dilapidated attic find is going to finance the family vacation home. I have usually ended up talking with them about the various types of value that apply to dolls; market value, insurance value, historic value, artistic value, and sentimental value. These values often come as a surprise to non-collectors. Within the collecting hobby we understand the values associated with our dolls. We think carefully about spending our doll funds to add a doll to our collection; we appreciate the value of each doll's place in history; we value dolls as the pieces of art that they are; we insure our collections in case of disaster; we have personal connections to dolls that have been passed down through our families or that have previously belonged to friends; we make plans for what happens to our collections after we are gone all because we care about our dolls. But what value do we place on our hobby itself? Recognizing why dolls are so special it follows that keeping the hobby of doll collecting strong is extremely important to maintaining all the aspects of our dolls' value. The monetary value of dolls is market driven. To uphold that value fledgling collectors need to be encouraged and educated so that market demand stays strong and so that our dolls will continue to be preserved, studied and enjoyed for generations to come. Many times the historic value of dolls is underappreciated, even by museums and historical societies. It is doll collectors who need to continuously promote the fact that dolls are historical artifacts, relating the human story and providing a means of understanding ourselves and our neighbors. It is up to doll collectors to help expose the world to the beauty of dolls and guide others in the appreciation of the art and workmanship expressed in dolls. When we value something precious we naturally want to protect it. No outside group, government agency, or other charitable organization understands the value of dolls as we collectors do. We are the ones who have to protect and nurture the hobby we love. This is the value of UFDC. UFDC, your doll club, is dedicated to the protection and preservation of all types of dolls, to the sharing of educational materials relating to dolls, and to spreading the comradery of doll collecting by promoting awareness of our hobby. We are the caretakers of our dolls and through UFDC we have the power to shape the present and the future of doll collecting. Supporting UFDC in whatever way you are able protects the true value of your dolls. Linda Edward UFDC President DOLL NEWS * UFDC.ORG 5 http://www.UFDC.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Summer 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
UFDC Nominating Process – 2015 Election Information
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newest Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Remembering Shirley Temple – So Much More than the Good Ship Lollipop
America’s Sweetheart – A Tribute to Shirley Temple Paper Doll
A Pictorial Look at Dolls and Their Royal Owners
Two Collections Raise Funds for UFDC’s Museum Collection
The Florida Seminoles and Their Dolls
The Lure of the Sea
An American in Germany – Attending the Annual Doll Festival in Neustadt
The Four Seasons of UFDC’s Museum – Summer
The President's Gift
Camping Out at UFDC Headquarters
With a Little Help from my Friends – Christine Shively
Barbie & Skipper – Celebrating 50 Years of Sister Fashions
A Doll for Her Time – Patsy Then & Now
A Monday Surprise – A Paper Doll
The Best-Dressed Doll
Reviewing Resources
Club Notes
Schedule of Functional Expenses/Schedule of Activities by Fund
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Summer 2014