She spied on our lives through the little dolls eyes and saw that we weren’t happy. So she lured us away with treasures and treats and games to play. Gave all that we asked for…yet we still wanted more. So we let her sew the buttons. She said she loved us, but she locked us here and ate up our lives.
Silent film star Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle doll house, built from 1928 to 1935, and including gifts from many of her famous friends, including tiny books by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Daphne du Maurier and a painting of Mickey and Minnie from Walt Disney.
sometimes i feel like i just imagined the era of the internet where a bunch of young girls coded their own blogging websites and taught each other how to make glitter graphics, cartoon dolls, and aim icons on paint shop pro and animation shop because none of us could afford photoshop.
Genroku Doll Display 1905. A geiko (geisha) from Osaka
dressed in the Genroku Style, setting out a historical Hina-matsuri (Doll
Festival) display, a gosho-ningyō (Palace doll), a pair of inu-bako (dog
boxes), and an amagatsu-ningyō (Heavenly-child doll). Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr
A geiko (geisha), probably from Osaka, dressed in the Genroku
Style, setting out a historical Hina-matsuri (Doll Festival) display, a
gosho-ningyō (Palace doll), a pair of inu-bako (dog boxes), and an
amagatsu-ningyō (Heavenly-child doll). Geiko Chiyo? Ashibe Odori?
So I just found out that The Doll Palace, the largest doll maker game website, is no longer a thing because the person who made it stopped paying for it. I’m so sad. This is the end of an era you guys.
“On the right is Maiko Momotaro. I love the kimono of the girl next to her (second from the right), which is covered with images of Gosho Ningyo (Palace Dolls). Gosho Ningyo were special dolls that were commissioned by the Imperial Court families of Japan during the Edo period (1600 - 1867 CE), they are usually portrayed as rotund, cherub-like children at play.” Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 of Flickr