Doll News Summer 2015 - (Page 34)
THE STORY BEHIND UFDC'S EMBLEM
By Laurie McGill
Unity Is Our Emblem - In Unity There Is Strength
The emblem for the National Doll and
Toy Collectors Club was designed by
Jenny Comfort in 1940. The emblem
was called "Dolly National."
he back story of the United Federation of Doll Clubs'
emblem, Miss Unity, is an interesting and multifaceted one.
UFDC's founder Mary Lewis began the National
Doll & Toy Collectors Club in 1937 in New York. It was not until
1940 that an ofﬁcial club emblem was adopted. "Dolly National"
was designed and created by club member and doll maker Jenny
Comfort in 1940.
Mary tirelessly traveled across the United States to promote
doll collecting and gradually other clubs (called Units) came
into existence. Then when the United Federation of Doll Clubs
was incorporated on June 29, 1949, Dolly National took on the
role of the symbol of the new organization. She appeared on the
masthead of Doll News (which at that time was in a newsletter
format) as well as on the organization's ofﬁcial stationery. But
she also remained as the emblem for the National Doll & Toy
Collectors Club in New York which had been recognized as Unit
No. 1 on the charter with its founder, Mary Lewis, serving as the
ﬁrst president of UFDC.
The newly incorporated Federation held its ﬁrst annual
convention in New London, Connecticut in September 1950.
The souvenir was a hand-painted, limited edition, numbered
plate that pictured Dolly National in the center surrounded by the
words, "The United Federation of Doll Clubs Inc - First Annual
Convention - New London Conn 1950" in gold on the rim. Club
member Lenea Adelhelm painted the plates.
The back of the plate was stamped:
"This plate was made to commemorate the federation of all
the Units of the National Doll and Toy Collections [sic] Club, Inc.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Summer 2015
From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
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
In Our Memories
UFDC Nominating Process – 2016 Election Information for Regional Directors
News & Notes
Doll News Summer 2015