World Doll Day- June 14th, 2014

The second Saturday of June each year is World Doll Day.  Started in 1986 by doll collector, artist, and author Mildred Seeley, World Doll Day is celebrating its 28th year in existence.  This year, 2014, World Doll Day will be on June 14th.

World Doll Day Logo

World Doll Day Logo- share this!!!

World Doll Day started with a simple letter sent to Mildred’s friends and colleagues that read:

“Since you have not heard of World Doll Day? This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. Give a doll to a grown up, a child, or family friend.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country. I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time. Magazines will put out special editions. Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead. Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day. There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift. Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company. It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it. Lets do it now. World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality. Would you tell five people, ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on. World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.

Sincerely,
Mil and Vernon Seeley”

To tell you the truth, I had no idea there was a World Doll Day until last year, when I stumbled upon an informational page on the day.  I love the idea of having a day to celebrate doll collecting and hope that one day, this ‘day’ truly takes off.  I’d love to see all the things Mildred speculated for the day come true.

I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing for World Doll Day.  I don’t know of any shows that weekend (Puddle, the Pullip convention, is the Saturday before) and while I know a lot more collectors through the internet than ever before, I still can’t say I know anymore than four collectors within driving distance. To top it off, I know our local doll store won’t be doing anything special to celebrate.

But regardless of what I’m doing, I hope you, reader, do something.  You could buy a small child their first doll or donate a doll to those who might not be as fortunate as others.  Or why not buy a collector friend a doll for their collection?  If there’s lots of you, do a dolly grab bag.  Don’t want to spend money?  Have a small party at home and have everyone bring their favorite doll to do a ‘show and tell’.

If you don’t know any collectors, but have a blog or YouTube channel, why not celebrate there by posting your own World Doll Day post? Photographers, post celebratory photos on flickr, facebook and other photo sites! The options are endless.

So rally the troops! Let’s get the word out that this day exists!  Doll collecting is just as important a hobby as any other, so why not celebrate it!

What are your World Doll Day plans?  How do you plan on celebrating?  How do you think this blog should celebrate? Share your thoughts below!!!

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May 16, 2014. Tags: . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized.

26 Comments

  1. Blackkitty replied:

    I had no idea about this! I’m sharing it with my dolly friends. I’ll try to come up with something for this day. Thanks for telling us!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      No problem! I hope you guys do something fun that day!

      • Susie replied:

        Please reply to my comments on ashlynn Ella , ouat, and maddie.

  2. Taswegian1957 replied:

    Reblogged this on Dolls, Dolls, Dolls and commented:
    Reblogged from Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter. I had never heard of World Doll Day. Now I will definitely think of something to do for it.

  3. Taswegian1957 replied:

    Reblogged it, I didn’t know about either. Thanks for sharing.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      No problem!

      • Susie replied:

        Did you you come up with it ? I haven’t heard of it until I saw it on here

        • kewpie83 replied:

          I can take no credit for the idea. It was conceived by a doll collector, writer and enthusiast back in the 80’s. I just want to promote it!!!!

          • Susie replied:

            Oh ok now I see thanks for the help

  4. barbielea replied:

    Haha I like it – we have our own day! Yes, I think I could be persuaded to do something :)

    I got very excited when I found out about Hinamatsuri (the doll festival) in Japan, which happens in March. But I don’t think its intended as a day for Fashion dolls, as this is.

    • Susie replied:

      What happened to my replies

      • kewpie83 replied:

        Hi Susie!

        Your comments were stuck in my approval tab. It seems WordPress didn’t know if you were spam or not. :) I went an okay’d them! Thanks for being so enthusiastic!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Oh, I didn’t know about Hinamatsuri. I’ll have to research that! It sounds fantastic!

  5. Liane replied:

    I too had no idea, heard about it from Blackkitty. I’ll think of something for sure, we doll lovers need to celebrate this day. ^__^

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Agreed!!!! I am trying to think of a massive multi blog event, but haven’t thought of anything super awesome yet…

  6. bunnyisms replied:

    Yay, doll day! I’ll definitely do something for it on my blog

  7. World Doll Day is Tomorrow! | Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter replied:

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  8. Rhissanna replied:

    Thank you for posting this and including Mildred Seeley’s letter. I’m posting a link to this on my doll blog, to celebrate World Doll Day.Yes, we should do something to celebrate. 2016 will be the 30th anniversary. We should all get together and party!

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  11. Pat replied:

    What about United Federation of Doll Collectors? UFDC should be on your list of web sights.
    Pat

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Good idea! I’m not part of any doll clubs, mostly because I only know of one in the area, but I’ll add that link to the sidebar. Thanks for the suggestion.

  12. World Doll Day « MyBlog replied:

    […] World Doll Day was started in 1986 to spread happiness and love through the giving of dolls.  It’s a remarkably simply concept with such a nice outcome.  For a nice blog about WDD, please visit Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter’s site  […]

  13. Susie replied:

    I meant thanks your the best !

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