Why was Nikolai Bartram called a fanatic, playing with dolls until old age?
Can you imagine that in the post-revolutionary hungry and cold Moscow people, saving even their own food, create a Toy Museum? The name of this enthusiast who tried to prove…

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Where is the dolls house? In Petrozavodsk!
Yes, yes - the house of dolls is here, in the capital of Karelia. Honestly! Without any deception. This house even has a postal address - La Rochelle Embankment, 13.…

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Nasty horrible dolls. Why are monsters popular?
Debate about the dangers and benefits of Barbie dolls and the like barely had time to resound; parents and psychologists are still arguing about whether to give girls into the…

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Puppet Theatre. When and where was he born?

Puppet Theater has survived millennia, dozens of historical structures. The first mention of puppet art associated with the festivities in Egypt. Women went from village to village with songs. They carried small statuettes in their hands and set them in motion with the help of ropes. Such dolls are found in Syria, Latin America. Archaeological excavations helped to see a picture of the most ancient festival in the 16th century BC. Continue reading

Why did our ancestors kept … dolls behind the stove?

In ancient times, our ancestors had a cherished custom: to keep 12 dolls suspended from a string on the stove – “twists” (or “stolushkahs”), made by all means by members of the family living in the house.
It was necessary to comply with a number of special conditions and rules. For example, neither scissors nor needles can be used: either the flax fiber was wrapped in a rag and tied with a linen thread in a special way, so that the cross was oblique (this was the way the “stolushkahs” were made), or the rag was twisted and tied to form a head, arms, figures (the “stolushka” and hands were not). Continue reading

Tales junk: who needs old things? Doll
What a variety of different toys in today's stores! Just run away eyes. Sometimes I see how young dads or mothers choose toys - not at all according to the…

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Why did our ancestors need dolls?
In our age, dolls are, most often, children's toys. But it was not always so. In ancient times, the Slavs took them quite seriously. Dolls were the main charms, each…

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Is Barbie a perfect doll or a monster?
I didn’t want anything so much in my childhood like a Barbie doll. The desire to have a perfect (as it seemed) plastic figure with a beautiful face and blond…

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Who are Kurhn?
Once in a stationery shop, passing by a small shelf with toys, I accidentally noticed a surprisingly beautiful little doll in the bright box out of the corner of my…

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