Being introduced by Rodney Wallis are four stunning 1946 composition Madame Alexander Portraits. These four dolls are remarkable for their condition and for their provenance. Rodney gets into the background of the dolls in his upcoming article for the Madame Alexander Doll Club publication, THE REVIEW - “The Fabulous Composition Portrait Dolls.” This was a unique turning point for the Alexander Doll Company. The world was just coming out of WWII, Madame Alexander, even though hindered by war, was producing some of her most beautiful dolls to date. These portrait dolls were used as a vehicle to show the best of the best she and her company were capable of. Using a technique employed for years by the fashion industry - if you came to see the couture gowns but you can’t afford one, take home one of the beautiful scarfs, and still own a piece of the magic.
This 1946 timeframe was the beginning of a remarkable transition from composition dolls to a new production of hard plastic gradually starting in 1947. For the company, 1947 was a mostly a left over composition doll production year while Alexander started testing hard plastic dolls. With composition production in limbo, left over production of composition dolls and older store stock was all put into use in 1947 to help with inventory. Hard plastic, with only a few transitional hard plastic dolls made, was not readily available until 1948 with full production in 1949. Thank you Rodney Waller for helping with this loose timeline of a fascinating change of events! He has a feature article in Issue 2 of THE REVIEW. Not a member? Join at madc.online.
MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL CLUB
Issue 2 of 2019 - THE REVIEW
Issue 2 of 2019 - the Madame Alexander Doll Clubs THE REVIEW is now published, and on it’s way to members. This issue features the 2019 Premiere in New Jersey and highlights the upcoming 2019 MADC Convention in Winston Salem, NC. There is an excellent article as a Part II to his composition Portrait series. In addition to this exceptional issue, Debbie Foster and Katherine Mooney write about some of the fabulous hairstyles worn by Cissy, and some background on the wigs, their styling and what was used to make them.
“JUDY” - NEW JUDY GARLAND BIOPIC
Starring Renée Zellweger as none other than Judy Garland, the drama will focus on the musical icon’s sold-out London performances in the West End in 1968, a full 30 years after The Wizard of Oz made her a household name. Rounding out the cast? Jessie Buckley as a production assistant at the Talk of the Town; Michael Gambon as fabled nightclub owner Bernard Delfont; and Bella Ramsey as Garland’s daughter. The Crown's Thomas Edge has written the script, with relative newcomer Rupert Goold directing.
In Theaters September, 2019
It’s 1927 — the series ended on New Year’s Day 1926 — and Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), receives a letter informing him of an impending visit by King George V and Queen Mary for a royal luncheon, parade and dinner.
“Here we go,” groans Robert’s mother, Violet, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith). The news sends the staff of the titular country estate into a tizzy, making sure every surface is spit-shined.