Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds learned about a very special place where broken dolls and teddy bears are made whole again. Called the Doll Hospital, it’s located on a busy suburban street in the south part of Sydney, Australia. Here skilled “doll surgeons” have been administering vital medical attention to beloved children’s toys since 1913. These tenderhearted sawbones can mend just about any toy, be it plastic, porcelain or plush, contemporary or antique, big or small. As far as these specialists are concerned, no toy is beyond help.

"We’re one of the last ones that does everything, when it comes to dolls, there’s very few that are capable of that sort of work," said Geoff Chapman, 67 and "surgeon-in-chief" at the family-run business his father started more than a century ago.

"We’ve had customers who’ve burst into tears" when they saw the treasured doll or teddy as good as new, he said.

Australian photographer Jason Reed visited the Doll Hospital to document the good work and medical miracles that’ve take place there every day for over 100 years. In the hands of the hospital’s skilled staff, toys that are admitted looking like sadly forgotten junk leave shiny and new, restored to their original glory. To date the hospital has restored over three million dolls, teddy bears, rocking horses and wheeled toys belonging to children in Australia and New Zealand.

Click for a short video and here to learn more about the Sydney Doll Hospital.

[via Neatorama, Juxtapoz and Reuters]

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Courtesy of YouTube (user: dalkey130388), The Miracles with “Shop Around.”

"[On George Harrison’s 21st birthday] his mother [Louise] had sent in a request to the show [the BBC’s Saturday Club] for her son. Not surprisingly, it was a disc by his beloved Miracles, the very appropriate ‘Shop Around’ (‘When I became of age, my mother called me to her side…’).” - The Beatles At The BBC by Kevin Howlett

anonymous said:

Dear Lexie, I think it has been a week since you were hurt but I still wanted you to know that I hope you make a full recovery super soon! By the way, I really like your Sherlolly drawings. Stay awesome and healthy! :)

Nonny, you are the SWEETEST for remembering that I’m basically falling apart.

Things are better, yes. I’m somewhat functional and on the way to recovery!

Thanks so much.

So I make it a goal to try and compliment at least three strangers each day and smile as much as possible, and on my way to the train station to go home, I saw a lady with the most BEAUTIFUL ginger-gold hair, and I must have caught her on a downer day without realising it, because she was so happy she nearly started crying and gave me the biggest, warmest hug and told me that I’d made her day because no one had told her that yet. Now I feel super, super happy because seeing her smile was the greatest thing and now I’m really happy too, ahhh!!