Dolls are important in our ever day existence in our household. We have them in the playroom, our closets and of course in the doll workroom. We can’t imagine life without dolls. I had a doll from the time I was born and so did Assistant. It has just always been. There are some kids in the world that have never experienced the companionship that a doll brings; the joy and hours of play those bits of plastic, paint and stuffing bring to one’s life.
World Doll Day was established on June 14, 1986 to simply share the joy of dolls and the giving of dolls. Mil and Vernon Seeley came up with this day and decided to make it a yearly event, encouraging doll collectors, adults and children alike to spread the word about the love of dolls to the ends of the Earth and their neighborhoods. Here is the letter they sent out during the first World Doll Day.
So, you have not heard of World Doll Day? This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grandmother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend. If you don’t have a child to give a doll to – find one. There are many children with no dolls.
Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country. I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.
World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time. Magazines will put out special editions. Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead. Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day. There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.
The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift. Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.
Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company. It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it. Lets do it now. World Doll Day.
If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality. Would you tell five people, ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on. World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.
Mil and Vernon Seeley
When we started The Broken Doll, we had never heard of WDD. What a delight it was when we first heard about it from our friends at Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter. We were celebrating this every day! So, we want to encourage you, our Broken Doll Family, to celebrate World Doll Day this year on June 13 by giving a doll to someone. Share your love of dolls with others and spread the word about this amazing day. Feel free to use the letter above and image below.
Blessings to each of you from me and Assistant.