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UFDC 2010 Competitive Exhibits, page 4

The 61st annual convention of the United Federation of Doll Clubs was held in Chicago in July of 2010. At every convention there are competitive exhibits where attendees can enter dolls in both antique and modern categories. In Chicago there were over 200 different classifications and thousands of dolls were entered. Judges who are experts in each category award ribbons based on a points system. The UFDC conventions in general, and the competitive exhibits specifically, provide the best opportunity for collectors to learn about dolls. On these four pages are the entries of most interest to vintage collectors. I have tried to show all of the dolls entered in each classification, plus closeups of some of the blue and red ribbon winners. Enjoy!

On page one: Wooden - Bisque - Celluloid
On page two: Cloth - Art Dolls - Composition
On page three: Hard Plastic - Vinyl - Advertising
On this page: Celebrity - Comic Character - Native American - Paper Dolls

Click on a photo to see a larger version.

Celebrity
_259all1 (8K) _259all2 (8K) _259blue (3K) _259blue2 (3K) 259: Ideal Shirley Temple, composition only.
Shirley is a perennial favorite and this category did not disappoint. The rare Shirley Temple Baby in her original box won a blue ribbon for Mary Wolande, and Karen Holich's doll wearing the rare outfit from the movie "Now and Forever" took home a blue as well.

_260all (7K) _260blue (3K) 260: Madame Alexander Jane Withers.
Jane Withers was another child star of the 1930's. Ursula Mertz was the blue ribbon winner here for her large pristine example with original tag.

_261all (6K) _261blue (2K) _261red (3K) 261: Ideal Deanna Durbin 14.25" - 25".
The blue ribbon doll in this category was Joan Schrott's wonderful example in rare black jumper and print blouse. The red ribbon went to the doll in the beautifully detailed ethnic costume.

_263all (7K) _263bluered (3K) _263reds (3K) 263: Female performer, any material, before 1970, excludes Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin and Mary Martin.
Rounding out the female celebrity categories is this interesting group. Top honors went to Effanbee's Champagne Lady owned by Suzanne Swanton. The unusual Marian Anderson doll by Bernard Ravca took home a red ribbon. Also of note is the beautiful Mary Hartline doll in a rare large size.

_264all (7K) _264blues (5K) 264: Charlie Chaplin, any material, before 1980.
Here is a group of unusual dolls representing the silent film star. The blue ribbons went to the Amberg composition doll, owned by Karla Moreland, and the Dean's Rag Book doll owned by Pamela Coghlan.

_265all (7K) _265blue (2K) 265: Male performer, any material, before 1970, excludes Charlie Chaplin.
Ursula Mertz won the blue in this category for her rare composition doll by Amberg, a portrait of the silent film comedian John Bunny. The red ribbon doll is Horsman's Jackie Coogan as The Kid, also in composition.

_266all (8K) _266gold1 (2K) _266gold2 (2K) 266: Previous National Blue Ribbon winner, any female celebrity. Blue Ribbon must be displayed on doll.
Although there were several wonderful dolls of hard plastic, composition and vinyl entered here, the two gold ribbons were awarded to artist dolls - a cloth doll of Spanish singer/actress Raquel Meller; and a likeness of actress Bette Davis by Ravca.


Comic Character
_267all (11K) _267blue (2K) 267: Cloth (i.e. Little Lulu, Nancy, Sluggo), 15" or under, before 1980.
Pamela Coghlan's Foxy Grandpa doll took home the blue ribbon here, as the earliest and rarest doll in the group.

_268all (10K) _268blues (4K) 268: Pinocchio, any material, before 1970.
Two versions of Pinocchio by Ideal were the blue ribbon winners, for Rose Morrill and Marie Reynolds. They both have composition heads and wood segmented bodies.

_269all1 (9K) _269all2 (9K) 269: Child comic strip character, excludes cloth, before 1970.
A wonderful selection of rare dolls resulted in three blue ribbons being awarded. Dave Kublank's Henry doll, Kathleen Cresciullo's Puddin'head Duffy, and Joanne Mackie's Denny Dimwit were the top winners.
_269blue (3K) _269blue2 (3K) _269blue3 (4K)

_270all (7K) _270blue (3K) 270: Superhero comic character, any material, 18" or under, before 1980.
Rosemary Kontos took home the blue ribbon in this category for her composition Superman doll - here in a rare representation as a toddler.

_272all1 (13K) _272all2 (12K) 272: Pair, any material, 12" or under.
A great collection of entries here - but the two blue ribbons went to Irene Groebner's composition Amos and Andy, and a pair of German made Mutt and Jeff dolls.
_272blue1 (4K) _272blue2 (5K)

Native American
_273all (6K) 273: Eskimo/Inuit, 16" or under, before 1970.

_274all (10K) 274: Doll with papoose, 18" or under.

_275all (4K) 275: Mary Frances Wood, any size.
Mary Frances Wood was an American doll artist of the 1920s and '30s specializing in dolls of the Western Indian tribes.

_276all (9K) _276blue (2K) 276: Skookum, must be tagged.
Karen Hulick's 23" doll was the first place doll in this group.

Paper Doll - Commercially Made
Can either be uncut single or double sheet or one entire uncut book
_282all (13K) _282ribbons (7K) 282: Female movie character, before 1960.
Blue ribbons went to the two rarest books here, Carolyn Vack's Linda Darnell and Lynne Neagle's Jeanette McDonald.

_283all (9K) _283blue (4K) _283hinn (6K) 283: Male movie character, before 1960.
The Clark Gable doll from the Detroit Free Press won a blue ribbon for Ruth Garrison in this category. The Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire pages are from a very rare set of dolls from the movie "Holiday Inn," and would have won a blue as well had it been complete.

_284all (9K) _284blue (4K) _284bluered (6K) 284: Child movie character, before 1960.
Dolls of Joan Carroll and Freddie Bartholomew won blue ribbons here for Ann Reddick and Susan Wilson, respectively.

Copyright 2011 by Zendelle Bouchard.

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