Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What a Doll: Cute Kewpies Popular with Collectors

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What a Doll: Cute Kewpies Popular with Collectors

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NOW THAT the television shopping networks are selling new Kewpie dolls and figurines, more collectors are searching for the original old examples.

Kewpies are elfinlike dolls with small blue wings. They were created in 1909 by Rose O'Neill for an article in the Woman's Home Companion.

The dolls became so popular that O'Neill wrote books, short stories, poems and comics about her Kewpies.

The Kewpie figurines and dolls were first sold in 1912 by George Borgfeldt & Co. of New York City. The dolls were made in Germany until World War I, when production was moved to the United States.

O'Neill died in 1944, but her Kewpies have remained popular with collectors.

There are quite a few variations. One series of figurines showed the Kewpies with insects or animals. One seated Kewpie had a fly on his toe, another a butterfly on his hand. Those 4-inch-high figurines are worth from $200 to $400.

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Dear Ralph and Terry: My parents gave me a flat piece of wood shaped like a sock. It has holes in it. They said it was an old household item but did not know the use.

You have a stocking board. It holds the shape of a wool or cotton sock while the sock is drying. The holes allow air to flow through, speeding up drying time.

Some stocking boards are found without the holes. More modern versions are made of metal frames that can be adjusted to size.

People are collecting them and hanging them on their walls.

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Dear Ralph and Terry: The back of my desk is signed with what looks like "Charles Stickley." Is that possible? Is he a relative of Gustav Stickley?

Yes, Charles Stickley is a relative, one of Gustav Stickley's five furniture-making brothers.

Gustav, the originator of mission furniture, began working in Eastwood, N.Y., in 1898. His brothers George and Albert made furniture at a firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., called Stickley Bros. Two more brothers, Leopold and George, opened a furniture factory in Fayetteville, N. …

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