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"Although this is chiefly a how-to-do-it book, it is also a charming contribution to the popular hobby of doll making. The inspiration for these particular dolls is Godey's Lady's Book which, under the direction of the renowned Sarah Josepha Hale, became the arbiter of American women's fashions and of their customs and morals, during the mid-nineteenth century. It was even called the "Victorian Bible of the Parlor".
... The author gives detailed instructions to her fellow doll-hobbyists for the making of Godey Lady Dolls. She tells the reader how to make the soft doll bodies, how to model the face, hands and feet, how to paint the face and hands, how , and with what materials --- brocades, laces, ribbons and the like --- to concoct the little hoop-skirt dresses. There are exact patterns for the doll bodies and dresses.
Then the author goes a step further. When she had completed her first Lady Godey Dolls she felt that they would be most effective if displayed against a proper setting. So with infinite patience, and the assistance of her father in the planning, she constructed Lilliputian Victorian drawing rooms and furniture and put her charming figurines in them. And she tells here how these luxurious tiny parlors, with their Victorian versions of Louis Quinze furniture and their heavy damask hangings, can also be made by the reader...
...Altogether, this is something unique in how-to-do-it literature."
Hardcover with original Dust Jacket
Hastings House Publishers New York, copyright 1953 (First Edition?)
209 Pages, 8-1/4" x 11"
DJ is worn and torn as shown in photograph. Inside clean, complete and free of tears and repairs. Inside front has original owners bookplate attached.