The Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 47, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 24, 1923 Page: 28 of 32
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. . "IITHEN grown-up ladles act like
Vy bablcs"--thcy play with dolls!
At least that is Society's latest fad.
Both here and abroad Society has gone
doll mad '
Ever ready to open their arms to wiat
Is new and rejecting so contemptuously
. .Tfhat does not appeal to the jaded appe- ''
' ; tltea of the daughters o the rich) the.:
: haut mdnde is indulging its luxurious ;
fancy in buying superb dolls ' taking .
them home and playing with them! .
Only a few years ago it was the fash-
1 . Ion to make a household pet out of some
.'. -.' live animal other than the old reliable"
'.'.' dog or cat. . ;''.'' ''.
Monkeys were very popular and e- ..
travagant indeed were the etorias of "
whntwas being done to pamper them
and th"e money that was bcihg squandered ''.
upon furnishings and surroundings for
these beasts perhaps so that they
wouldn't be reminded of the jungle.- :
. Their food was prepared by exports'
.and when they wcre.takeh out for tiiolr i '
automobile rides they were all bedecked .'
N with ribbons. . .
Ono millionaire's wifo created a sen-.'
ation by giving a wonderful party in.
honor of her pet monkey.
'.' A noted actress returned from Europe '
bearing In her arms a baby alligator;
a well-known'dancor still car.rioe a' mar-
moset cuddled undci; hor toft arm. The. .
' t caprices of the theatrical folk are op old
'. 'elory' J '' .:':''.
But nowadays jt Is the'doll which Ma-
pccupyjng the center of the stage. Not.
the old-fashioned doll -with tho iinlpli
face which is presented to the little girl
for Christmas or her birthday and which.
has real hair says Mamma and Papa apd
actually' can go to sleep. Oh no! A .
more' exotic product this known as tho
-"boudoir doll." .
j gOMETIMES it js five foot high. A few
' weeks ago a- lovply Parieionne ap-
peared on the boulevards half-loading .
half-carrying a most artistic creation
which for want of a more descriptive
Word must be classified as a doll. .
As companions these Inanimate flg-
i ures aro now taken out as a mnttof of
eoUrso by the smart women of Paris.
They are most attractive to look at and
there are remarks current that hoy aro
far superior in mere sightliness to porno
v. of the human men which those samo
women find to take their aftornoon stroll
in the Bois with but that is a mattor
of taste and not to be settled hore.
...-fc ?' .Anyway no" bisque or breakable ma-
terial goes into the manufacture of tho
new doll. It is entirely stuffed made
of soft materials and Usually betrays
unusual artistry both in design and manU-
Their variety is almost cndlosa for
there aro efllglcs of clowns known in
Europe as tho "Bajazzo" doll carica-
.tures of living peoplo who aro rather
well known characters out of. plays and
omo which aro entirely creatures of tho
imagination of the artist
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These dolls representing Polish peasants arp charitably inclined
and were part of a benefit bazaar. They were designed and
copyrighted by E. B. Lyman
Their faces aro painted or cmbroldorod
and their clothofe aro perfectly cxqulsiU.
If a slim graceful Rentlfman with' a
bored oxpmsion is clothed in white satin
brouchoa a red satin coat and roal lneo
rufflos fluttering oqt of the onds of hia
sleeves and down the front of his vest
he is most distinguished.
Bright colors are usod to a groat ex-
tent and moat gracoful attitudes may
be struck by tho dolls if ono twista thoir
thin arid elegant legs into nonchalant
attitude whon they are perchod in. the
cornor of a divan; or oao may lift up
his arms in beseeching adoration if he
is placod oil a gorgeous cushion at mi-
European Craze for
Shown oil the
at Society Fetes
The dolls are influenced by every
breath of fancy as these two show
. Irene Castle is carrying King Tut in
her arms and in the panel at the
right is a doll more clearly showing
the Egyptian influence .
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These are more mannequin portraits than dolls.
The English artist who' created them describes
':m as "Bridget."' Henry Ainly Anna Pavlowa
and a study of the Russian ballet
lady's foot. The facial expressions
on the dolls are particularly to bo
Doll worship U a veritable craze
in Europe. In the salon of a Rusr-
sian prinfioss temporarily domiciled
in Paris until tho atmosphere In her
nativo.' country clears a bit qno Is'
gravely introduced by name to- a
whole row of dolls as one eptors the
beautiful old room. Thi Russian
lady has placed hor pot in a row1
at tho foot of a wonderful divan and
has invested thorn her group of
Stuffed ladles and gontlemon with
distinct personalities and has given
Coprrluht. 19S. by Pukllo Iydr romny
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The Hula Doll is an nncestor.of .
the' caricature dolls of today
and were popular last season
at the resorts
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Doll worship is a veritable craze in Europe. In the salon df a Russian
princess temp'.oranly domiciled in Paris one. is gravely' introduced to a
whole row of dolls as one chttrs her apartment.. Th'ii3 Russian lady has
placed her pets in a row at the bottom of a wonderful diyan and has
invested them with distinct personalities .arid has- given them names '
them names-1 Very seriously indeed
docS-she talk about them and give you
discreet' portions of their histories.
.'".I really don't know what ails Sonia
today" sho said one afternoonin a low
voice pointing U the third doll in th
row. "She isnot..at all herself. I think
she. is beginning to worry about Lbii
Cecil r'f designating 'the caricaturo of
a'n Englifh nobleman who was disdain-
'fully.turning.ius back on Sonia and fliri
ing outrageously with the' ballet girl with
. roguish eyes brilliant rod-hair' and saucy
cigarette held in 'her left hand. "They're '
prigagy d you know and now. she sus-
pects that ho has been paying court to
her for hor fortune and that ho is far
loo. suscbptiblc to the charms of other
ladies especially those of the stage. It
languorous tunes on the lUtc strung
round his peek; a clown "dressed .one half
In : white and the othor in grpen Was
oYidontly hiding' behind his mask; an
aVeinBpirlng Mophfstop'holes soomod tQ
bo wrappol in his own thoughts thoro
wcro nbout twenty dolls adding their
keynote of charm to tho room. Their
probable cost was ostimated at about o
thousand dollnr.s lut those oven were n
little moro gorgeous than the usual ex-
travagant sort '
TIIE most exquisite of tho crOaturoa
UIE most exquisite of the creatures
aro made in Austria lively exam-
plea come from Italy and a great many
from Germany and Fennce The imagi-
native grotesques avo the product lioarly
nil of Austrian and Gorman artists.
Prom Munich come tho lovely .wax
dojlBi purely for decorative purposes and
doslgnpd by; the artlt Lotte B. Prit7.ol.
Thoy are modeled out of wax and noth-
ing dnlntipr pan be imagined to adorn
a. luxurious scented boudoir than such a
.work of art. Draping of lace ami filmy
silks aro wed as suggestion of apparel
and groat curly Wigs are addod.
The jowols! Bracelets and Tings adorn
Tlie blase vnmp strolls
out with the nid of
V;.j '-. E. O. Hoppc tho
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The dolls have .found
favor in the London.
pi mu3ic naji:
tho fragile arms anil- fingers .and neqk-
laccs hang in exaggerated opulence
arsund the slender throat: Dainty hlgh-
heelcd slippers complete the chic of the
flKure. Perched in . a vase or -even re-
clinlng on a rbaisc-longuc this.figuro
with its insouciance rIvcs that last noto
of European 'elegance to ihe boudoir of
a 'wealthy ''woman. -Fr only n wealthy
woman can nflprjl such trJflds They ar " '
also ugd . as- derations in- smart shop
..windows'. . '
11 AT. is the explanation fpr this rjow
V mania? Some say that' it' is a roao-
tion after the war. Woman were concerft
ing thomiplvtw of necessity with tho .
serious business of life. They Wore sti-
fling that latent instinct for play for a
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thoir own childhood to brine back soma
of the spirit of youth and laughter. But
their childhood had gone had slipped
away f lent! y.
Tho next stop was to try to recapturo
somo of its ' spirit by clinging- to the
associations of childhood nnd what rhori
natural than that thoy fhoUld turn to
dolls those ' dear companions of ths
Then again numbers of women who
never had "been trained to make a l)v- '
ing .startod to design dolla and have be-
come Very successful; stf whether tho
stimulation of Uie artists to create supor-
pluythings the fact remains thnt the
sense of play is not dead in tho most
grown-up of ua-to be indulged In '
only by. those who hnvrf the tme to play
arid tWprlc 6f UjarOnylhing "
There' is opo advantage which tho dolh
hare or flpfclj and Uood wJd.ch recom-
mends (lidm : When mamma tires of tHe
game alie takes the duke or the vamp
by the hind.' leg and torses him or he?
overhAck of the .piano and goes gayly
on hor way with no fear of the Sodot''
to Protect Children from Cruelty.
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