Let’s start our week with another doll history lesson from Diana!

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There is another German company that creates very nice dolls, but is seldom mentioned nowadays, since most of its dolls today are baby dolls. This company is Zapf Creations they started in Germany, but now their production is in Hong Kong. They were established by Max and Rosa Zapf in Roedental, Germany, in 1932 and survived the war between 1938-1946 even though materials were hard to find. In 1960 they made the first dolls out of plastic instead of celluloid. As with all companies they went through many changes, this link gives the history:
http://www.zapfcreation.com/en/corporate/about-zapf-creation-ag/history/

They also had Doll Artists create special collections and I found this beautiful doll that I could not take my eyes off made by Bettina Feigenspan in 2002 (only 450 were made). She is from the Designer Collection, her name is Helene and she is 20 inches. She stands on her own and is part cloth and part vinyl, and she can pose. Here is the official description of her:

“Helene, 20 inches/52 cm By Bettina Feigenspan, has a real hair wig, crystal glass eyes and real eye-lashes. Her body incorporates a wire frame, making her arms and legs flexible. The integrated breast plate ensures the head has a natural posture. She dons a suede-like skirt with cut out designs and a fashionable sweater. Under this, Helene wears a knee-length body suit with buttons. Helene has a human hair wig, a jasper amulet on a cord, and real leather shoes. This collectible beauty is now available for you to bring home. 20 inch. Red Hair/Brown Eyes. Includes teddy bear.” from The Doll Peddlar.

She will be displayed in my room along with some very special dolls in my collection. I thought your fans would enjoy something different.

Helen Zapf Designer Collection 20"

Helen upon her arrival holding her Teddy bear

A different angle of Helene

Helen Zapf Designer Collection 20"

A closer look at her face and accessories.

Helen Zapf Designer Collection 20"

A special smile for Doll Diaries fans!

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Thanks again Diana for another doll history lesson to start our week!!