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As the Victorian era passed into the Edwardian and Roaring Twenties, a market developed for bisque and china bawdy novelties and figurines of women in revealing outfits. Although now most of these figurines seem more coy and cute than ribald and risque, in their time they symbolized the casting off of the perceived restraints of the Victorian era.

These little lovelies included bathing beauties, who came clad in swimsuits of real lace or in stylish painted beach wear, as well as mermaids, harem ladies, and nudies, who were meant to wear nothing more than an engaging smile. Also produced were flippers, innocent appearing figurines who reveal a bawdy secret when flipped over, and squirters, figurines that were meant to squirt water out of an appropriate orifice.

Most were manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the 1930s, often showing remarkable artistry and imagination, with Japan entering the market during World War I.

Austin Doll Collectors Society Doll Show and Sale (UPDATED FOR 2016 SHOW!)

Austin Doll Collectors Society

41st Annual Doll Show and Sale


Yesterday's Treasures, Today's Collectibles, Tomorrow's Memories
Bisque to Barbie, Parian to Plastic, Victorian to Vinyl

October 15, 2016

Norris Conference Center

Northcross Center, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, Texas 78757
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Adult: $5.00 Child $2.00

(bring a printout of this flyer for $1.00 off the adult admission)

Plenty of free parking and ample dining options at nearby restaurants. Near the intersection of Burnet Road and Anderson Lane, with easy access from Mopac (Loop 1) or Hwy 183.
For More Information: 

Sharon Weintraub: (512) 323-9639,
Elaine Jackson: (512) 832-5663,

For more information, including downloadable vendor contacts, visit the Austin Doll Collectors Society blog.