The eternal vigilance of the creepy dolls

The unusually wettish spring has meant that even the high plains desert is insanely green and lush.  I trimmed back the overgrown herbs, pulled some weeds, and finally re-installed by creepy doll guardians.  (They are apparently not creepy enough to serve as scarecrows regarding some of the domesticated wildlife around these parts.) 

Vintage (and creepy) dolls, Brooklyn, Michigan, June 2009

I’m back in vintage doll heaven in Michigan–and by “heaven,” I mean “my parents’ garage and the local antique malls.”  (And by “antique malls,” I mean “somewhat better than garage sale stuff!”)  So here’s a selection of the fun, freaky, and just plain “why?” that I came across today in just one booth in one … Continue reading Vintage (and creepy) dolls, Brooklyn, Michigan, June 2009

Dolls are fascinating and creepy, always

In the course of doing some research on childhood in the early eighteenth-century (more on that later), Historiann came across a fascinatingly creepy photograph of a doll that is apparently the oldest rag doll preserved in any American museum. (See the amazing web site developed by Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Massachusetts.) She became more … Continue reading Dolls are fascinating and creepy, always

Valley of the Dolls, Stepford edition

I can’t let the coincidence of this pass me by, since we’re talking about dolls and the objectification of girls’ and women’s bodies again.  Squadratomagico has a great post up on the off-label hormonal engineering of baby girl fetuses who have tested positive for (gasp!) Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, which means that they frequently have ambiguous genitalia, may possess … Continue reading Valley of the Dolls, Stepford edition

Teaser Tuesday: What was childhood like in an Anglo-American garrison?

It’s back–Teaser Tuesday, in which I offer you a little flava of what you might find in my book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  Today I give you a little hint from chapter one, in which I write about Esther’s life from birth up to age seven, when she’s taken captive in a Wabanaki raid on her … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: What was childhood like in an Anglo-American garrison?