Friday, 24 January 2020


I found these girls on Ebay recently and engaged in a bit of a bidding war, but I just had to have them! I love the different colours, and various states of wholeness. They are celluloid which is made from cellulose and camphor from wood (amongst other things) It was first created in 1863 and became a popular material right up until the fifties. These dolls look quite 1930s to me, but I don't know.  It was replacing fragile doll materials, but is fragile itself, as it can be easily crushed, and also damaged by moisture and exposure to heat. (It is quite flammable)


Linda Sue said...

well worth the bidding war! Amazing collection. They are a hearty bunch.

Steve Reed said...

Interesting! They look like an all-girls' foosball team!

Steve Reed said...

("Foosball" is table football in North America, just FYI. :) )