Doll News Summer 2015 - (Page 108)

T he Care of an American Icon by Bradley Justice W hat does one do when a doll and two bears show up on the doorstep? Brook Ashley gladly invited them in to reminisce. She had met them before, you see. They were childhood friends, but not just any childhood friends. The doll was Edith, heroine of the Lonely Doll series of books written by Dare Wright. The bears were Little Bear and Mr. Bear, of equal fame. Dare Wright created the Lonely Doll books beginning in 1957 when she photographed her childhood Lenci 109 doll with two teddy bears. According to The Lonely Doll's book jacket: "Edith has belonged to Miss Wright since she was seven, but she was a lonely doll until a few years ago when Miss Wright helped her brother to choose a bear for a small friend. They came home with two bears, and Edith looked so happy with them that Miss Wright kept Little Bear. After a good deal of shopping for an animal with the right expression, her brother found Mr. Bear, and the family was complete." The bears came from FAO Schwarz in New York City. The book, The Lonely Doll (Doubleday, 1957), became a sensation. It even made the New York Times children's books best seller list. The toys became famous. The model 109 is an early doll produced in Italy by Lenci. Edith A self portrait of Dare Wright. Dare, model turned photographer created the Lonely Doll series of children's books beginning in 1957. Her beauty resonates through her images. 108 SUMMER 2015 Brook Ashley, goddaughter to Dare Wright and the caretaker of Edith and the Bears. Her earliest memories include Edith, the Lonely Doll and the bears. She has made it her mission to document and share the rich history of Dare Wright. All photographs courtesy of Dare Wright Media, LLC except where otherwise indicated.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Summer 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members / Getting to Know You – The UFDC Club President’s Survey
Fundraising Committee Report
The Marvelous Magical Betsy McCall
Betsy Original Paper Doll
The Story behind UFDC’s Emblem – Miss Unity
Steiff ’s Timeless and Beloved “Teddy Baby” Bears
Native Alaskan Dolls
Russian Stockinette Dolls
The Mark Farmer Company Story
Dress Up Fun with Betsy McCall, a Game
Tammy – The Doll You Love To Dress
The Care of An American Icon
A Study in Aesthetics: Considering the Uncanny Doll
Maternal Love – The Dolls of Anne Myatt
Patti Playpal – A Big Doll for a Little Girl
Who Dressed Betsy McCall
Heavens to Betsy!
UFDC Region 14 Conference – Golden Memories
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
In Our Memories
UFDC Nominating Process – 2016 Election Information for Regional Directors
MAL Form
News & Notes

Doll News Summer 2015