January 19th Meeting & Program: Bathing Beauties

Thank you Pat. D for writing this detailed summary and taking beautiful pictures!

January 19 2013 CDC Business Meeting

Deanna greeted 44 members and guests to the January meeting and Julie D.  inspired us with a reading called “Problems Can Advance You”.

Thank you to Sandy S. for providing goodies for the winter inspired Travel Doll Table.

Travel Doll Table

Travel Doll Table

Committee Announcements: 1.) The Competition Committee will be meeting within the next 3 weeks. 2.) The 75th Anniversary Committee will be getting together in March to work on favors. 3.) Deanna asked for two volunteers for the Nominating Committee.Activity Announcements: 1.) Completion of 1st payment plus 2nd payments are due now for the July 31-Aug 2  Washington DC trip. 2.) We now have 51 reservations for the June 22 Mardi Gras Gala. Please bring your donations for helpers and give to Jeanne E.

Program “Bathing Beauties” by Laura B.

Laura brought a few of her tiny figures as representatives and cleverly displayed them in a bowl with sand. Also displayed were vintage postcards, book and photos. She presented a wonderful Powerpoint program with beautiful pictures, facts of various makers, history, current values and many humorous observations.  Laura Bogush's bathing beauties

Most Bathing Beauties are from the post-Victorian age of the 1890’s to the 1930’s, are 3-4 inches in length and made from porcelain or china. But they can be as tall as 17” and some have tiny wigs glued to their heads in the fashion of their day. They can range from $10 to $3000, depending on maker, condition, rarity and size. Some are nude figures with cloth or netting swimwear. Others are figures with painted and fired swimwear, stockings and shoes. And some are painted cold after they had been fired, which can be rubbed off. In the later years of popularity, bathing beauties were also made in Japan. These are less fine in painting and sculpting and the bisque is usually rougher. Also popular were half doll bathing beauties which were attached to items like pin cushions. They showed up too as inexpensive souvenirs such as a “Souvenir of New York” and many of these are cold painted. And gentlemen would carry a bathing beauty in their pockets in the form of a “Nipper” or flask.

Some German makers of vintage Bathing Beauties:
Galluba – considered the best with very fine painting and sculpting
Heubach – some have larger hands
Goebel – beehive  wigged hair
Hertwig  – fine sculpting
Kister  – hugely produced with less fine features and painting
Limbach – marked with SP and number
Vater  – funny or poignant detailed characters

Bathing Beauties today:  Beware
Modern dolls by reputable artists like Cathy Hansen are sold today and advertised as new. But when shopping for one of these cuties on Ebay or a doll show, be aware there are Reproductions by Mundial and others being sold as vintage. Some makers are taking old dolls and making new molds or take old molds and pour new dolls. These are usually not as crisp in details. Be cautious with  European dealers on Ebay.

Do go to doll shows where you can touch and feel the dolls and see the colors and detail up close. You can also collect vintage postcards, photos, paper dolls and nautical themed items to complement your bathing beauty collection.                 Laura Bogush -CDC  January Program Presenter

Laura suggested reading “Bawdy Bisques and Naughty Novelties” by Sharon Weintraub and checking out Sharon’s internet blog for more fun and interesting facts and pictures. Thank you Laura for a wonderful program!

Click here for links to websites mentioned in
Laura’s Bathing Beauty Program

Click here to see more pictures on the CDC Shutterfly Website!  (members only)

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