Archive for dolls

Creeping Baby Doll 1871

Posted in antiques, automata, dolls with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In 1871 came one of the first automata to appear in the toy scene, patented by Robert J. Clay. You can find more about it here.


My favorite paragraph about the piece is the following:

Despite Clay’s belief that his toy would be very amusing, it had limited appeal for its target audience of little girls. It looks scary, weighs a lot and isn’t particularly interactive. It’s more of an exhibition piece than a cuddly toy, and once the mechanism broke (which happened often with the earlier models), its heaviness and hardness made it a dead weight rather than a doll that could be integrated into regular play.


I wonder how many of these clumsily creeping wonders were mass produced. Two decades later, the world was graced with Edison’s Talking Doll.

Desktop Goodies 2/20

Posted in absurd, anatomy, creatures, dolls, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Desktop goodies are building up way faster than I can comment on all of them (I tend to save at least 20 images a day, and have never attempted to get my digital collecting in check).

Here are some images that speak for themselves.











Forgotten Hearts

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on January 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Forgotten Hearts: One of a Kind Fine Art Ball Jointed Dolls by AiiS Roman & Gamalier Bravo.



From the artist statement:

I thought faeries lived only in books until they appeared upon my life as vibrant luminous beings. This particular ones are those I call “Borrowers” Mischievous winged spirited water fairies. They love to raid houses when people are not around. They borrow shiny objects and don’t mean to be bad. Borrower fairies have bad memory and forget to give their findings back.


Last night I heard a noise that came from my mom’s antique trinket box.I finally saw them! I catch them playing with my dad’s old watch. I took a picture and they didn’t even noticed.

Forgotten Hearts

Alana Corra

Posted in anatomy, craft, dolls with tags , , on November 16, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

My dear friend Bettie sent me the link to Alana Corra’s work.

This doll is my favorite. It reminds me of instructional antique anatomical models.



Other odd sculptures, paintings and drawings can be found on her site as well…

Alana Corra

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Halloween Countdown: Rucus Studio

Posted in craft, dolls, halloween with tags , , on October 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

There are not enough pictures on the Rucus Studio website. Scott Smith is responsible for some of the most interesting and well crafted Halloween props out there.

Check this poor fellow out:



Simply amazing creations.

Rucus Studio

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Halloween Countdown: Sandra Arteaga

Posted in craft, dolls, halloween, undead with tags , , , on October 4, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I just love this woman’s work so much…I feel a compulsion to post the majority of her projects as they emerge. Here are a few amazing spooky treats for the Halloween season.



Doesn’t she pack an incredible amount of character into her pieces?


The detail is incredible.


Sandra Arteaga

Campbell’s Soup Kids

Posted in advertising, candy coated nightmares, dolls, kitsch with tags , , , on June 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s take a moment to focus on the kitschy, cutesy iconic marketing creations of Campbell’s.

Brace yourself…here they come…

The Campbell Kids have been selling Campbell’s Soup since 1904 when Grace Wiederseim Drayton, an illustrator and writer, added some sketches of children to her husband’s advertising layout for a Campbell’s condensed soup. The Campbell advertising agents loved the child appeal and choose Mrs. Wiederseim’s sketches as trademarks. -Source


I’m not sure what prompted Ms. Drayton to draw them as if they were hopped up on too much Adderall, but they certainly make an impression.


Yes, they are staring right into the recesses of your soul, burning a hole in your brain…


The dolls are equally terrifying, yet I’d kind of like to have one (or two). I will leave them staring at unsuspecting guests when I step out of the room.


campbell girls

Death in a Nutshell

Posted in art, furniture, macabre, oddities with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by emmalaw

Hello, I’m Emma, I blog over at The Edit but I thought She Walks Softly readers would enjoy discovering about the Nutshell studies…

“A kitchen lined with faded floral wallpaper is washed in warm sunlight filtering through lace-edged window curtains. A cake cools in the oven. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink. An ironing board and basket of laundry occupy in the center of the floor.

But one ghastly detail disturbs the coziness: The dead body of a 45-year-old woman, her hair pulled into a bun, supine on the floor in front of the open ice box. She wears a print dress and an apron, and stares blankly at the ceiling” [1]

Nutshell KitchenImage Source

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a collection of miniature crime scene models built in the 1940s and 50s by Frances Glessner Lee. The models were based on real crime scenes and used to train police to assess visual evidence.

Nutshell Bedroom SceneImage Source

Glessner Lee attended autopsies to ensure accuracy in her models, and had a fastidious attention to detail. The replicas feature openable windows, curtains which can be drawn, and miniature pencils which write.

I’ve always appreciated things in miniature. There’s something slightly magical about scaled down little worlds, where your imagination fills in the gaps, creating personalities and routines for the people who might live there.

As artwork, I love the way the Nutshell Studies compare and contrast the perfection of the dollhouse world with the grisly nature of death. The majority of the victims depicted are women who suffered violent deaths.

As a training tool, police were told to inspect the scenes and look for evidence to help explain the death. For example, the woman described earlier, dead in the kitchen, what is the significance of the small details? A cake cools in the oven, but the stove gas has been left on, unlit. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink, but would a woman stop in the middle of cooking dinner to kill herself? The heavy iron could be used as a weapon, but will the body show any evidence of blunt force trauma?

Nutshell Kitchen EvidenceImage Source

Many of the crime scene models take place in the home, the ultimate safe haven. The place where we feel most secure, and ultimately trust that we’re going to wake up in the morning. The Nutshell Studies force us to examine situations where this trust is broken and the safe haven shattered.

Nutshell Letters in the AtticImage Source

Nutshell Babies RoomImage Source

Nutshell Death in Parsonage
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Desktop Goodies

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, Books, clothing, dolls, fashion, illustration, kitsch, meat, monsters, sci-fi, space, surreal, thrift horror, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

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God, is that you?

No wait, is that you, God?

Not like this.

I’m not sure if this gaping chasm counts as a “neckline.”

The single best, or maybe worst, job in the world.

Now, this is some food I could eat. Does anyone have a copy of this?

Keep in mind they use the word “enjoy” in the broadest possible sense.
1961 Radio Shack Catalog 08

This fellow is very open minded…

And let that be a reminder to stay open-minded about the amorous preferences of others.


Posted in christmas, craft, dolls, plush, puppets, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.




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