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Close-up of display of brides from Ranelle
Gamble's collection.

So, how and why did I accumulate a collection
of bride dolls? Accidentally is the answer.
I began collecting dolls as an adult in my early
thirties in the 1980s. When my mother-in-law
moved into our home about 13 years ago, her vast
doll collection came with her. She had a beautiful
collection of very limited Susan Dunham porcelain
dolls of which three were brides. The exquisite
sculpting of the dolls paired with the gorgeously
detailed gowns fascinated me. Pair that with
informative programs at doll club with displays
of wonderful dolls belonging to Ranelle Gamble,
Carol Noel, Betty Lubbert and other members and I
began to have a greater appreciation of bride dolls.
Ranelle Gamble's bride doll collection is
focused mainly on beautiful porcelain African
American dolls with a sprinkling of bride dolls
from around the world. Carol Noel's side collection
of bride dolls was built upon souvenirs from UFDC
conventions and includes a portrait of herself as
a bride. Betty Lubbert created for her daughter
Gwendolyn, a splendid bridal gown for Barbie
and rainbow-colored gowns for the Bridesmaids.
The bride's gown was inspired by Princess
Diana's wedding dress. Then, there was the bride
themed party for doll club friends and our little
Strawberina travel dolls, in which I participated.
Somehow, at several doll shows, the brides
began to accompany me home. Then on top of that,
my daughter became engaged! I went to bridal
shops with her and that little collector's bug began
itching even more. By the time we had her shower,

Close-up of doll from Ranelle Gamble's collection.

Close-up of brides from collection of Ranelle Gamble.

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