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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Holliday donating doll collection, to benefit Salvation Army

  • As a china painter, Marge Holliday enjoyed painting faces on the porcelain dolls she made during her lifetime of collecting dolls.
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  • As a china painter, Marge Holliday enjoyed painting faces on the porcelain dolls she made during her lifetime of collecting dolls.
    Now that she lives in Luther Manor Village with limited space, she is donating nearly all her dolls - approximately 100 - for an auction to benefit the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign.
    The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont St., in Quincy, Ill. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to bid on the dolls, according to the Salvation Army.
    "I made a lot of them and bought a lot of them," Holliday said. "I am glad somebody can get some good out of them."
    Some are antiques, while others are collectible Barbies. "I have a lot of lovely Barbies in their original boxes, untouched," Holliday said. "I have all the Holiday Barbie starting in 1988, but I did not buy them last few years."
    Her collection began with a gift from her husband, the late Bob Holliday. "I always wanted a Shirley Temple doll, and he got me my first when we hadn't been married too long," she said.
    Many of the dolls in her collection are hand-made, and she made all her own doll clothes. "I have some beautiful dolls and a lot of Madam Alexander dolls," she said. "Some are foreign dolls."
    One special doll is an antique bride doll. "I bought porcelain (dolls) already poured," Holliday explained. "I would buy the doll kit already poured, and I would paint their face."
    For one bride doll, she added, "we went to St. Louis and bought lace, and I hand-sewed all that lace and spent weeks sewing beads on."
    Holliday decided to keep about 10 of her dolls, including one she made to represent her son, Jeff (Doc), as a baby.
    "It's a baby doll," she said. "I tried to copy him when he was a baby. ... It has red hair like he has."
    The doll is wearing the outfit he was baptized in - given to the family by her mother - and it has a ribbon he got at the hospital when he was born. "I'm sentimental about stuff like that," Marge Holliday said.

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