February 6, 1999
An ugly day here in NYC - it doesn't know what it wants to do: rain, snow, blow.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE TINY DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE CHEAP
From Harlem in New York City comes a report of the Madame Alexander factory and its recent show of its latest dolls. The show was attended by fashion editors, designers and famous models like Cindy Crawford. And what were they ogling at Chez Madame? The outfits, of course! Madame's new line of handcrafted plastic dolls sport couture ensembles designed by James Purcell, Mary McFadden, Betsey Johnson and others. The price tag for all this cuteness? $500 per doll.
AS IF YOU NEEDED ANY MORE NEWS ABOUT DOLLS DEPARTMENT
In its continuing scramble to drag its middle-aged star into a state of hipness, the Mattel Company has announce that it will issue two distinct new types of Barbie doll this year. Working Woman Barbie will come with a business suit, a laptop computer and a cell phone. Generation Girl Barbie hangs around with her pals, Anna, Chelsea et al, all of whom have body piercings. You will also be able to buy Butterfly Art Barbie, who happens to be tattooed. Jeez, grow up, Barb! Aren't you a little old for piercing and tattooing? Why don't you just put your money into a tummy tuck or an eye job, dump that no-good Ken (I mean how many years should it take for a guy to propose?) and get on with your life?
WHAT'S WORSE THAN A HAIRBALL?
The High Museum of Art, Folk Art and Photography Galleries in Atlanta, Georgia has mounted an exhibition entitled, "Dear Mr. Ripley". The exhibit consists of the proof Robert Ripley maintained to back up the wild stories he published in his syndicated cartoon strip, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not". There are photographs, sworn affidavits, letters and other artifacts including a Civil War slug. W.V. Meadows of West Point, Georgoa had been shot in the eye at the Battle of Vicksburg on July 1863. Fifty-eight years later, he suddenly coughed up the slug. Yuck - get the Kleenex, Ma! The galleries, at 133 Peachtree Street, are open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
SON OF REPRODUCTION ALERT
Watch out for new sterling silver matchsafes and other novelties, like:
art nouveau-type belt buckles.
Lutted's Cough Drops log cabin glass display jar
I wish I could say Artie and I were going antiquing this weekend,
Accumulators, but we have suffered the untimely demise of our scanner, a
piece of equipment without which I cannot survive, so we have to go
shopping for a new one. Maybe tomorrow. Have a great weekend,
Accumulators. Happy Hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #72
U.S. Library of Congress
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