Ask anyone who collects vintage dolls, and they will certainly be able to show the entire bookshelf containing the reference book. An important book for doll collectors for two reasons. First, the book usually contains important information about the doll company; And secondly, the best doll book is very beautiful with dozens of color photos to help you recognize your doll.
Not all doll reference books are made equally. Photos and print quality vary between books – especially vintage doll books, which (albeit old) can be a good source. Generally, the book that you find most helpful is the book that provides lots of pabrik boneka pictures and information about character identification.
Here are some doll book titles that every vintage doll collector should have.
Little Dolls in their 40s and 50s, by Carol Stover
This very detailed book is a must-have for anyone who collects small dolls. This book has a chapter on each of the toddler dolls and popular fashion dolls: Vogue Ginny, Ginger Cosmopolitan, Nancy Ann Muffie, Mrs. Alexander Alexander-Kins, and more. The book also contains information to identify unmarked dolls and clothes.
Encyclopedia Collector of Vogue Dolls, by Judith Izen and Carol Stover
Ginny dolls are very popular among collectors. The entire book is devoted to describing and photographing various clothing and doll changes over the years, from the 1940s to the modern Ginny dolls.
The World of Alexander-Kins, by Patricia Smith
An eight-inch balloon doll Madame Alexander, known as Wendy or Alexander-Kins, easily rivaled Ginny with her various outfits. Patricia Smith’s book offers hundreds of different doll pictures available over the years, as well as discussions about the changes that took place in the construction of the doll.
Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls, by Patricia Smith
Although this early doll reference book mostly contains black and white photographs, it still offers one of Madame Alexander’s most famous pictorial references. The book is organized by year, documenting the way dolls and clothes change from year to year. Although this book is not printed, it can be found by looking for sites that sell used books, such as eBay, Half-dotcom, and Amazon-dotcom.
Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series, by Patricia Smith
Like the aforementioned book, Patricia Smith’s Second Series contains mostly black and white photographs. However, additional images and information make this book a valuable companion for the first book. This reference book is arranged alphabetically, making it easier to find the doll picture you are looking for. Like its predecessor, however, the book is not printed, making it hard to find.
Madame Alexander Doll Price Guide 2007 by Linda Crowsey
Crowsey’s doll-value guide is a must-have for serious Madame Alexander collectors. This book is released annually with updated value. The book is also illustrated with a picture of Madame Alexander’s doll; While there are fewer images than the other reference books listed here, they are exchanged for new photos in each edition, making it useful to buy new copies every year.
American Character Doll, by Judith Izen
Many reference books for more famous puppets, but hard to find information about less well-known companies. That’s why the American Character book is so special. This book offers a chapter on each of the different corporate dolls, complete with lots of detailed color photos.
Revlon Dolls and Their Handsome Flow, by Kathy Barna
Believe it or not, Barbie is nothing original. There are many fashion dolls available for ten years before Barbie’s debut, and the “pre-Barbie fashion doll” is primarily sought after by collectors. The Barna reference book provides some of the best photos I’ve seen from a pre-Barbie fashion doll. This book focuses primarily on Miss Revlon and Little Miss Revlon, but also includes some chapters on this era’s competitor doll.