National Geographic : 1984 May
Julia The first doll in a charming new series devoted to the American Bride from colonial times to the present day In the tradition of the most highly-prized collector dolls of all time, the Danbury Mint presents Julia- the first doll in a series devoted to the American Bride from colonial times to the present day. This doll combines exquisite beauty with his torical authenticity. Like the legendary collector dolls of the past, Juliais representative of a par ticular time and a particular place. Costume dolls are among the oldest and most beloved forms of collecting. Queen Victoria was a collector. So were millions of Americans in the 19th century. Today, doll collecting is more popu lar than ever. Some of the finest French dolls of the 1800's are now worth thousands of dollars. But you cannot put a price on many of the most cherished dolls. They are handed down from mother to daughter with love and tenderness. Such dolls not only beautify the home, they serve as a bond between generations. A collector doll of incomparable beauty and meaning You could not ask for a more perfect theme for a doll collection than the American Bride. If ever there is a day in a woman's life when she looks her most beautiful and radiant, that is her wedding day. And there is no more beautiful costume than a young woman's bridal attire. This is why we chose the theme. And bridal attire has changed throughout his tory. So a collection of American bridal dolls will be more than beautiful - it will portray the change in dress from colonial times to the present day. The collection will have great meaning as well as beauty. Each doll's costume will be historically authentic and tailored by hand Julia's gown will be authentic down to the smallest detail - as will the costume of every other doll in the series. Our doll designer has had access to the Victorian bridal gowns in museum costume collections. She has recreated the bridal attire of the period. And it is a full attire - not just the gown itself but the veil, petticoat, and pantalets. Each doll's gown will be tailored by hand with the most meticulous attention to detail. Notice in the photograph all the exquisite features: the fine satin, the elegant lace, the ruffled flounce, the floral appliques on the front of the gown... and the corsage pinned to the bride's wrist. Each doll will be made of fine imported porcelain - individually painted by hand! Head, hands, and feet will all be crafted of fine im ported porcelain - for that same delicate look of the famous collector dolls of the 1800's. The facial features will be beautifully sculptured and indi vidually hand-painted to complement the color of the hair. Notice Julia's hair - it's hand-styled into a Victorian coiffure. And look at that fresh, youthful, glowing apple blossom complexion you'll fall in love with her at the very first sight. She is a delight to touch, too - the porcelain is so flawless and smooth, the fabric on the gown is so fine and so crisp. And like each doll in the series, Juliawill come with her own stand - so you can not only display your doll on a bed or chair, but also stand her on your mantle or in a cabinet with your other prized collectibles. A remarkable value When you can find collector dolls of comparable quality and size, you can expect to pay up to $100 at retail. But the Danbury Mint is making Julia available to you at the remarkably low original issue price ofjust $55, payable in two convenient monthly installments of $27.50 each. And there is no extra charge for the stand. To reserve Julia, send no money now. Simply complete the at tached reservation application and return it promptly. Please note that Julia (and other dolls in the series)will be available only directly from the Dan bury Mint; none will be sold in stores. As a regis tered owner of this first Danbury Mint collector doll, you will enjoy the privilege to acquire the sub sequent dolls in the American Bride collection at the same low price - if you choose to continue your collection. But you are under absolutely no obligation to do so. An heirloom to be passed down with love from generation to generation Julia combines everything you could wish for in a collector doll - at a price you can easily afford. She has beauty, individuality, personality, and his torical authenticity. This doll will be a source of lifelong pleasure and pride. She will also be an heirloom to be passed down with love from generation to generation. This is an opportunity not to be missed-please send us your reservation today. r-- ------ RESERVATION APPLICATION- --------------- Julia M-32 SThe Danbury Mint Please return by 47 Richards Avenue June 30, 1984. P.O. Box 5290 Norwalk, Conn. 06857 SPlease accept my reservation for Julia, a collector doll with a beautifully sculptured, hand-painted porcelain head, porcelain hands and feet, and authentic hand-tailored costume. A display stand Will be included at no additional charge. I need send no money now. I will be billed for the doll in two monthly installments of $27.50 each. Name PLEASEPRINTCLEARLY Address City State/Zip S Check here if you want each installment charged to your: D VISA D MasterCard Credit Card No. Expiration Date Signature Allow 8 to 12 weeks after payment for shipment.