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Doll and bear show this weekend

J. H. Osborne • Mar 23, 2018 at 9:47 PM

JONESBOROUGH — A doll and bear show, featuring all types of dolls from the 1800s through present day offerings, is scheduled for Saturday at the Joneborough Visitor’s Center, 117 Boone St., from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are accepted as admission. The show, held twice a year, usually draws about 20 vendors and several hundred attendees, organizers say. Shown here are a few examples of the types of dolls, bears and toys that will be on display — and for sale — at the show, which also will feature appraisals and a doll repair specialist. The yellow figure with the red nose is a wood-segmented ‘very odd’ cartoon character named ‘Jeep’ from the ‘Popeye’ comic strip in the 1930s. The blonde doll is an 1800s French bisque doll that has won awards in previous shows and would have been relatively expensive when new compared to the dark-haired china-head doll, which is more common. The latter was available as a do-it-yourself kit at general stores in the late 1800s: Mother’s bought the china head, arms and legs and sewed the body and clothes at home. This one features her original dress and underclothing, but has been restored with a newly made sawdust-filled body.

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