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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
–Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
No words were truer, even if they were written in 1859. In this past decade, we at Fashion Doll Quarterly have seen glorious new doll debuts, heartbreaking retirements and closings, exciting rumors and announcements, and the disappointment of unfulfilled potential in dolls, artists and manufacturers. But hey, that’s not really new, is it?
In the beginning, as a well-meaning collector who liked to write about dolls and take the occasional photo, it all seemed so exciting and new. Now, I have the burnished patina of a veteran returned from the war. I have seen wondrous new dolls, and amazing artists. I have also seen liars and thieves attempt to make their way into the hobby and take people’s money and make false promises. I myself have been slandered and maligned, all in the name of passion for ones’ hobby. Never in my career in fashion had I seen such emotion, such pettiness, such drama! And that is saying a lot, having worked with some major divas you would know by name.
Looking back, I suppose that’s all part of working towards a milestone like making a success of your business after a decade. You cannot be everyone’s friend, nor can you make an unreasonable adversary see logic. I guess you really can’t claim success without leaving a few casualties in your wake. And I am OK with that. Our intention has always been to provide quality content to our readers, and the occasional doll. Good intentions don’t guarantee 100% success.
So, I choose to look back on the wonderful and wondrous things that have happened in the last ten years. First and foremost, I have met the most amazing people. Alex Forbes has become the sister I never had, and we would never even have met if not for this magazine. All of the extraordinarily talented people I have had the honor to work with on the magazine is a who’s who of the collecting community, including Amanda Arnold, Dorinda Balanecki, Paul Bruce, Larraine Elcock, Terri Gold, George Gonzales, Dot Festeu, Denise Jefferson, Matt Sky, Ian Price, Maryann Roy and the many, many generous folks who have contributed to the magazine over the years.
READ MORE IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF FASHION DOLL QUARTERLY!