Comments on: Seriously–I need this doll for my research. http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Clio Bluestocking http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-399105 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:29:16 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-399105 History Enthusiast, it is probably Odyssey Toys: http://www.townsquaretoys.com/Odyssey_Toys_s/94.htm.

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By: The History Enthusiast http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-393194 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 18:38:37 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-393194 In the gift shop at Jamestown, Virginia, there used to be historical action figures for sale. The options included Blackbeard, John Smith, Pocahontas, John Adams, and some others. The Abraham Lincoln doll included a tiny copy of the Gettysburg Address :). I found the website once, so I’ll try to go back and find it.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392512 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 17:35:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392512 Ruth–awesome! That kit sounds almost as cool as the homemade Kewpie-nun doll I found in Michigan this summer. (Even better would be one that had little patterns for knitting their dresses.) I like that combination of the freaky and the crafty.

Indyanna–thanks for the correction and report.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392509 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 17:08:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392509 Holyrood, I think, although I was in that town a for a total of about 45 minutes a few weeks ago, and didn’t really see much of anything. Did hear a rumor later that week that Holyrood Park is basically the worn down crater of a volcano, which seems somewhat unlikely, but who knows.

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By: Ruth http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392508 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 17:03:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392508 Did any of y’all early modernists have the Six Wives of Henry VIII Clothespin Dolls that you had to sew yourself? They sold a kit at the Tower of London.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392463 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:08:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392463 Susan–you’re right: he really is. I think his secret is starting to think and shop about 3 months in advance! I got the impression he spent many hours trolling the internets looking for those figurines. (And he was very proud of himself.)

I like the concept of the Six Wives Finger Puppets! (But only if they’re very beautifully made and distinct from one another.) I also like Janice’s outsized Mary Queen of Scots, compared to a tiny Elizabeth and Henry. Perhaps that’s as it should have been in RL? When I visited Scotland several years ago (my one and only trip there), I was struck by how Mary’s Catholicism and the role she plays in Scottish nationalism were clearly in tension, but deftly avoided (for the most part) at historical landmarks. My one regret is that I didn’t get to visit her castle in Edinburgh (Rood House, is it?)

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392398 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 11:40:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392398 You know, Mr. Dr. Historiann is totally brilliant at choosing gifts!
My current dolls include a Shakespeare bobblehead (bobbleheads make everyone look silly) and a Shakespeare finger puppet. I’ve resisted the 6 wives of Henry VIII finger puppets at the British Library all summer… Elizabeth is easy to get and is next on my list.

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By: Janice http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-392061 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 01:26:33 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-392061 Have you met my tiny Henry VIII and tiny Elizabeth figures? Or my towering Mary, Queen of Scots? They liven up my office, that’s for sure.

We all need our historical dolls, if only for the inevitable stress relief! (My husband wants to buy a gross-load of Francis I so he can execute the figurines in various experimental ways, seeing how much he’s annoyed by him as a historical figure.)

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By: Digger http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-391692 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 20:48:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-391692 HistoryMaven,

In the President’s Own Voice? Nice trick! I have some questions for some other dead folks; think Target can help me out? lol

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By: HistoryMaven http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/01/seriously-i-need-this-doll-for-my-research/comment-page-1/#comment-391677 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 20:18:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=6622#comment-391677 And then there are those “revisions.” Target Dept. Store, back in 2006, featured on its Website a “Franklin Roosevelt” doll in a “Presidential Action Figure” series. Strange, though, the “action figure” looked like Benjamin Franklin, sans kite. Some intrepid Web tsar captured the Webpage at
http://www.bobbygriffith.com/targetfranklinroosevelt.pdf.

The comments are pretty hilarious.

And “Franklin Roosevelt” spoke! He was authentic! And he was photographed! I append Target’s description of Presidential Action Figures:

• Talking Action Figure has a 4 min. audio chip allowing it to speak 25 different phrases in the Presidents own Voice!
• Figures are limited in production and include an individually numbered certificate of authenticity
• Figures also include a biographical pamphlet that includes rare photos and a comprehensive timeline specific to each figure.
• Figures come dressed in period correct clothing that has been hand tailored to suit the figure
• Figure come in an attractive display box however, the figures also include a fully adjustable doll stand for displaying the figure outside of the box

Is it really true? Is all I know of history false? A little doll shall lead me.

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