Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Immersed in dolls

I am attempting to get some research on doll history done this week, so that I can move forward with my pre-exhibit checklist!

I am finding some very interesting information.

For example, in the Victorian era, it was extremely popular for girls to stage doll funerals! Mourning rituals were a part of every day life in that era. And at the same time, the rural cemetery movement was in full swing, meaning girls often visited cemeteries with their families as a recreational activity.

So rather than view this behavior as a pre-occupation with the macabre, it is really a natural expression of the reality of their lives!

There will be many more interesting tidbits in the A Doll's World -- opening October 24!!

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