American valentine puzzle found in England. With a special folding technique, this puzzle can be folded into a secure packet. Once opened, gradually reveal separate images and poems. The prize at the center is often a romantic image or poem, ca 1816
Valentine´s Day is easily derided as a commercial holiday introduced by florists and the chocolate industry (which in some countries is true) but in fact, goes back a long time – at least in Europe.
“Meet Me In St. Louis”, based on Sally Benson´s “Kensington Stories” is set in 1903/04. The main characters are the four daughters of the Smith family – Rose (18), Esther (16 1/2), Agnes (14) and Sarah, nicknamed “Tootie” (5). Both Agnes and Tootie fall into the target range, being played by actresses aged 5-8 (Tootie) and 10-14 (Agnes) on stage and in the gorgeous 1944 movie.
American Girl added Kit (Depression Era) to the line-up in 2000. In 2002, Kaya (Native American, pre-contact) was launched. In 2007, Julie (1970s) was released, followed by Rebecca (1914/Silent Movie era) in 2009. In 2006, the American Girl Today line was renamed Just Like You. In 2010, it was renamed again, this time My American Girl. The Girl of the Year line of contemporary characters only sold for one year was launched in 2001/2002 with Lindsey. After an initial slow start, from 2005 (Marisol) on, a new GOTY was issued every year.
Carpatina Dolls started out in 2002 as another manufacturer of 18″ play dolls.
Waldorf Dolls were known since the inter-war period, but their popularity increased in the 1970s and after along with that of Waldorf schools. The term originates from a school that was founded at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. The structure of this school’s curriculum was based upon the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner. Waldorf dolls were created within this education system to help children to develop a healthy sense of self through creative play and imagination. This was very important during the difficult social and economic times that Europe and in particular Germany experienced in the aftermath of WWI. The original Waldorf doll had no facial features but soon simple eyes and a mouth became part of the “Waldorf Look”. Most Waldorf dolls are handmade and/or home-made. Kathe Kruse is the exclusive producer of official Waldorf dolls. Source Source 2 Continue reading