How did Mattel protect the honor of Barbie dolls?
Who would have thought that the obsessive pop song “Barbie Girl” of the Danish-Norwegian group AQUA could cause a loud trial with the producers of the most famous doll in…

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Do modern children play paper dolls?
One day, buying something at the newsstand, I noticed a bright envelope with a doll painted on it and the inscription “Marina”. Memories from childhood immediately surfaced in my head…

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What do we know about Russian wooden toys?
In Russia, poteshki, so called in those days toys, most often made of clay and wood. The doll is one of the first toys of antiquity. But time does not…

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Where did the matryoshka come from?

Many consider this wooden toy, which is at the same time a subject, and sometimes a piece of folk art, exclusively Russian.
Among those who were interested in the history of the appearance of nesting dolls, there is a widespread version that their production was started in the 1890s, after the figure of the sage Fukurum was brought to the “Child education” workshop founded by the philanthropist Savva Mamontov. Continue reading

What is remarkable about an ugly doll?
Unusual dolls from the Bratz series are rapidly and triumphantly continuing their march around the world, more and more pushing out not only the beloved pups, but even Barbie, which…

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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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What does a Japanese nesting doll look like?
Little is known about how the Japanese wooden doll Kokeshi appeared. Some researchers believe that these pupae arose from religious practice and were designed to contain the spiritual essence of…

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What do adults play?
The choice of profession, and even more so a hobby, cannot always be explained logically. Why does a respectable man with a mustache devote himself to carving wooden horses, and…

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