Sometimes I don’t know what I enjoy more…the act of collecting and filling up my own home with treasures or meeting people and learning about their personal collections. Such is the case with my coworker, Ashby Conway. We started chatting one day about collecting and she began to tell me an amazing story about her little treasure.
Lost And Found
Back in 2001, Ashby had an internship at Westminster Canterbury, a beautiful retirement community located in Richmond, VA. She would sit with the residents and record their life long memories onto cassette tape. During her time there, she met and became close friends with Lucy. Lucy was 95 years old and was a former teacher a very well known private school in town.
Sadly, in 2003, Lucy passed away. When Lucy’s daughter came to town to handle her mother’s belongings, she gave a special gift to Ashby. Lucy had a passion for collecting paper dolls. She had paper dolls of fashionable women, WWI soldiers, children, toys and holidays. Some of her paper dolls she had created herself with a heavy cardstock and colored pencil.
Close to the Heart
I asked Ashby why she loved Lucy’s paper doll collection so much. She said that for her, the collection portrays a lost generation and offers a unique look at fashion styles from the first half of the last century. She also said it was the equivalent to an old letter – but in pictures and that, in a way, she could experience what Lucy lived through. Pretty special, huh?
To learn more about the history of paper dolls, check out the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild!
Do you have a unique collection that you’d like to share? If so, tell us about it!
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