Friday, March 1, 2013

Doll Questions and some Political Good News

Questions About Doll Care and Some Political Good News

How do other doll collectors clean dolls who get spots where one kind of vinyl in a doll joins another?  Are "Twin Pines" products still made for doll care?  How do you deal with what I call "sticky leg syndrome"?  I can wash it away, but it's odd that some dolls not exposed to heat have sticky vinyl legs and most don't.  Does the problem re-occur?

I have some older dolls who came with metal earrings.  Yep, dark spots in ears where metal and vinyl interacted badly.  I think Paul David used to call it "green ear".  Sounds Gross, but at least no wax.

This can be covered up with plastic or coated wire earring posts.  But will anyone buy a doll with this particular disease?

As a blind collector, I don't care much about either tiny spots on a doll covered by clothes or "Green ear".  But I am listing every spot on every doll who has one, in her description for the website.  No nasty tricks will be played on anyone.

How much does "green ear" detract from the price of a doll?  Don't all of the old dolls have it, as metal posts were used for earrings?

Thank you, Philly Collector and also a more local reader,  for helping me ID the doll which I will list as a Midge.  Her body type is "old Barbie" (if you can imagine such a concept).  She isn't thin enough to be a Casey, who also has red hair.Now some positive political news, can you stand it?


We just wanted to say thank you!
Thanks to you and so many dedicated people across the country, a stronger, expanded
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reauthorized by Congress yesterday
, which increases protections for some of the most vulnerable communities--including
Native American women and LGBT couples.
This was an uphill fight, and we could not have done it without your voice.
Together with our allies across the progressive movement, UltraViolet members spoke
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For nearly a year, you've made calls, signed petitions, and made sure that extremists
in Congress knew: this life-saving law must be renewed, and it must protect all people
from abuse.
Here's a quick recap of what UltraViolet members did together:
162,333 petition signatures delivered to every member of Congress
8,576 phone calls made to House Republicans
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159 UltraViolet members who are survivors of abuse and told their stories to Congress
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VAWA is a hugely important law that has a tremendous impact.
 It helps train 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges, funds countless
services for survivors including shelters and hotlines and since it was passed it
has helped reduce partner violence by almost 67%.
 Now, native women, who endure much higher rates of rape and domestic violence than
the general population, will finally have more avenues to justice.
 LGBT people, who experience domestic abuse at a similar rate to straight couples,
will no longer be discriminated against when they seek help from shelters and other
We still have a lot of work to do together to end violence against women, especially
when it comes to gun safety. As Vice President Biden noted yesterday, "consider just
one fact—that 40% of all mass shootings started with the murderer targeting their
girlfriend, or their wife, or their ex-wife."
That's a startling statistic, and something we must change.
But right now, we wanted to take a moment to thank you and share this victory with
Thank you so much--for EVERYTHING!
Nita, Shaunna, Kat, and Karin, the UltraViolet team
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Violence Against Women Act: House Passes Broader Senate Bill, Sends To Obama To Become Law
, Huffington Post, February 28, 2013
"Factsheet: The Violence Against Women Act,"
The White House, accessed January 24, 2013
The Violence Against Women Act is on life support
, Washington Post, Jan 25, 2013
Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
, Center for American Progress, June 14, 2011
Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women
, U.S. Department of Justice, November 2000
Biden: Congress 'put politics aside' on VAWA
, Politico, February 28, 2013
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Support for programs to combat sexual violence on campuses
Critical funds to support survivors and prevent and prosecute human trafficking
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1 comment:

  1. I'll check on the cleaning product; I don't think that the book about maintaining vinyl dolls is still in print. (But you might be able to get a copy from another collector.)

    You are welcome to the doll ID. I hope it is accurate.

    Thanks for the women's rights notice.