Of course I was showing how dolls were made, at least the kind a pioneer family might have. So I brought some paper mache doll heads and an antique doll body to show how a mom might have purchased a "fine" doll head and made the body in order to afford the doll.
A very sweet lady named Lucy arrived to look at the dolls, and (this seemed to be a theme) wanted to tell me about her doll. Only unlike so many who told about their antique dolls, handed down from mothers and grandmothers, usually French or German porcelain dolls, Lucy wanted to show me a doll her Aunt made for her as a "First Apartment" gift. I'd never thought of moving into your first place as a gift-giving event, but I love the idea!
So the event was for two days, and the next day, there she was with her doll. Lucy is almost 90, but her lively ways and spirit make her seem decades younger. This is Lucy with her doll (on the right) along with a lady who fell in love with a Raggedy Ann type that I'd made.
As I enjoyed visiting with her so much, Lucy and I keep in touch. She recently sent me this photo which had apparently appeared in the Sharlot Hall Museum's newsletter. I don't often like photos of myself, but I guess this one is an exception--for once, I'm not making a face or squinting my eyes shut. I had curled my hair and put the rest in a "bun" at the back with a tiny snood, trying to dress for the period as much as possible--but there was no way I was going to wear long sleeves and petticoats!
Hope your summer is going as you would have it--stay cool and enjoy!