Dover Coloring Book

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I have always been a doll lover and collector, so I jumped at the chance to buy this book. It didn't include any dolls from my era, or any that I even recognized, so I was temporarily disappointed.

Little did I know. . .

When it came up as next on the list to color, I made a point to research every doll Sneathen-Mattox had represented. Oh my goodness! It opened up a whole new world of dolls for me.

The first half of the book focuses on mostly French dolls: Jumeau, Bru, and others, then later includes German dolls. All are from the 1800s or very early 1900s. When I started looking up pictures of the Jumeaus and Brus online, I could not believe my eyes. I have never seen such exquisite works of art—the details and facial expressions. More than a few times I could have sworn I was looking at a human face, not a doll's. I was totally smitten, not only with the dolls I was seeing, but with this book.

Sneathen-Mattox drew her pictures very big, with not a lot of fine detail. (You can add that on your own.) So I found it easy to color two or three at a time. Even the younger crowd would love these. But the result of my endeavors—the art I had created was. . .well, you judge for yourself. As you can see, this was another one of those books where I could not decide what to leave out! And this ended up being one of my very favorite coloring books.

Jumeau Doll

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Bru-type Doll

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French Bisque Doll

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French Fashion Bride Doll

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French Walking Doll

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Bisque "Googly" Doll

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"Elise" German Character Doll

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German Bisque Doll

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German China Lady Doll

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"Princess Alice" Poured Wax Doll

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"Princess Alice" Poured Wax Doll

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