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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yard Sale Musings and Guest Blogging Myself!

Recycle, Renew, Rejoice, is the motto of my favorite thirft/consignment store. Read and enjoy.

Remember, for school this year, if it fits, wear it, hand it down, trade it! Think accessories to update outfits, and great sales. Dillard had 60% off, and 40% off that! Save money, but save some cash for yourself.

Have a budget; stick to it. I know it's hard, really I do! :)

In some cases for lit and other courses, I've been able myself to read e-books, use library books, or go to second hand stores; will try to post my guide, soon.

Buy snacks in bulk from Stables, TPC wholesalers, Aldi, Sams, Costco, Price Club, whatever. Think of making your own trail mix and using baggies or recylcables from the dollar stores.

Check out sales and discounts; even the Salvation Army has new things, if vintage isn't your thing.

Yard Sale Musings; Memoir of a Good Sale and Doll Castle News
Hot, steamy summer is officially here. My glasses fog up repeatedly, and I have to pull my hair back. Everyday is a bad hair day, and it is just too, too hot! But, everything is relative. I have great memories of running around in the heat; of yard sales where I took off wearing my all cotton shirt, white, of course, and vinage jeans, usually with the faded flower print worked into the denim, hunting for treasures. I liked to wear my hair down then, and a lolng necklace of tourquoise beads doubled twiced around my neck. I found some good sales in the close heat and stifling air, one where the man of the house appreicated my love of old toys, and actually invited me in to look at Sonja Henie and Bucherer dolls, the last I had never seen. I only had the photo in my metal doll book from the Yokohama doll museum. He had a tiny mannikin, used to model foundation garments as an ad sign in drug stores, and lots of little bisque figures, most in boxes. At another sale, I bought African dolls and carvings, and a vintage radio case. The man there had brought the wooden carvings from Africa when he was there during World War II.

I had stumbled on estate sales with antique dolls and ancient scrapbooks, boxes of doll furniture, one legendary sale had dolls, pottery, and artifacts from all over the world. I came back with a Diana of Ephesus, a Lenci mascotte from Rome, several Greek pots with Ibises and horned beasts, jewelry, a block of antique tea with a pagoda done in bas relief on it, dozens of miniatures and crepe paper ornaments from Mexico, you name it. Even my mom was impressed. I felt a lot like Lucy St. Elmo from the Mary Moody mysteries.

Summer of 92 was stifling, but we used to take off for the Great River flea market, and eat at Lonesome Dove,now defunct, full of taxidermy and great buffet food. I met my friend Zondra there, who was a real gypsy, and a GWTW freak. She had the whole collection of dolls from Alexander and Royal, as well as sketches I didn't buy that were done for the TV sequel, Scarlett. Could have kicked myself for that, and would have liked the sketch of the late Dorothy Tutin, who made her portrayal of Anne Boleyn so famous.

Then there were our family trips, to Europe, Mexico, Canada, all over the US, always searching out flea markets and dolls. There was the "monasteraki" in Athens, and the black, silk screened Greek doll. We saw some bisque heads there, and wished we had bought them, and there were vendors on every corner selling soft plastic dolls and celluloid babies and toys made in Greece, and book shops with doll shaped books and litho paper dolls from Denmark and elsewhere. There was the Madrid flea market and the pilgrims of Santiago dolls, and the San Jose flea market, and Monterey Flea market, and the old Indiana Antiques. We loved Gilroy and Casa de Fruta in its early days; not only did they have aplets and cotlets, but they had old stock Europian dolls for Hungary and elsehwere, all original, for less than one dollar, and some were quite large. We found masks and Mexican miniatures in San Juan Bautista, and our favorite restaurant had two cases of foreign dolls gracing their walls. In Canada, we found antique stores with great jewelry, and commerically made bisque dolls, and Inuit dolls and sculpture. I used to love Stratford, Ontario, and just missed going to a big Doll Show, but I made it up in Royal Doultn and Canadian dolls. At a good will, I bought an Argeninian baby doll.

We loved Wisconsin Dells, and when I was thirteen, bought my first metal head from a lady whose whole house was a doll store, and my first Ginny from a farm with grey geese running around the yard. There was a great store there that had a window full of bisque dolls and costume dolls, and a drug store where I bought a Skookum doll and a baby in a papoose cradle marked "occupied Japan."

I loved the thrill of the hunt with my Mom, and we were forces to be recogned with in New Orleans and Williamsburg, VA. The Lady Anne Doll factory was a dream come true, and Mary Todd Lincoln was a special treasure, as were the Ozark flea markets and stops we made during another trip.

My mom and I got a kick out of anything unusual; my scandalized dad tried to keep me from entering Marie LeVeau's House of Voodoo in NO, but after I poopoohed his objections of people we know seeing us there, I went in and found my mom gazing at voodoo dolls and skulls and candles with, "that's cute" about to burst forth from her lips. I bought a ju-ju doll, and another VooDoo doll from a store called Hello Dolly. Great place; I'd live there ina heartbeat, hurricanes and all. Wish I could have gone back when St. Elizabeth's was a doll museum.

I did get to see the outside of Kimport Dolls, to visit Vera Kramer's Dolls in Wonderland before she had to move from her building. I saw the famous Marque doll, and many more.

So much has changed, and the hot summers that meant it was time for Old Albuquerque, and Disneyland's French Quarter Antique Shop, and Mott's Miniature Museum in Knott's Berry Farm, are sweet ghosts of my past. The summer of Jaws lingers in my memory because I spent time wandering on the beach at Huntington Beach, and picking up shells for a doll house roof that became an art project the next year. I used miniatures from an antique shop there, and ate scallops at a seafood shack where a six foot shark hung over our heads. Aunt Connie had flown down from San Jose, and we picked her up at LAX where I saw Laurel and Hardy Dolls by Dakin in the gift shop.

I think I actually bought one there.


That was the year we ate tuna salad at the Chicken of the Sea Restaurant in Disneyland, and wandered around San Francisco, and everyone was happy for once.

When I think about these things, or wander the sales, I'm still fifteen, and my family is with me. My pen pals still write to me, and Christmas Cards are still a big deal.

Kudos to Doll Castle magazine, by the way, for staying with it, and for publishing my friend R. Lane Herron's great article about our friend Glenda Rolle and her sand babies. What a wonderful article! Such great dolls, and they, too, remind me of beaches, especially Capitola, home of Suzanne Gibson, Santa Cruz, where I think Dewees Cochran lived? Lane would know.

I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers Kimport, or the mag, Berneice's Bambini, or Madonna Hardy Inlow dolls, or the Mark Farmer Doll doll company, or the old Chelsea Shop in Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. Those were great times. May you all have a great summer, and find your own doll memories.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Eugene Field Memoir
This is a great two volume set that is free on Amazon's Kindle! I didn't know his father represented Dred Scott, but I've always been a fan of his, both because he was a doll colletor and because I went to Eugene Field Grade School [which had a doll collection on display!].

One assignment we do in humanities class is to choose a favorite toy and write about and discuss it. This is a good way to begin writing about childhood. Answer where the toy came from, was it hand made? Did you make it? Was it a gift? Was it even a toy [one of mine was an African statute dubbed The Little Drummer Boy" Do you still have it? Did you inherit it then pass it on? These are good ways to fill in gaps for childhood stories, and scrapbookers are liable to have photos and other memoarabilia for their albums.
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With Love from Tin Lizzie: A History of Metal Dolls . . . at Publisher
Our book on metal dolls is being formatted and edited for publishing even as we speak. Look for it on Amazon in late fall; we hope by Christmas!
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Of Pockets of Pearls and Doll Trivia
The Museum would like to thank Merna and Robin Throne for all their help with our new Facebook page, Dr. E'Doll Museum, and with our Twitter account. Our followers grow by the minute, and we are very pleased with our new look.

It has been a late spring cleaning at the museum, with a lot of books being sorted and arranged and dolls grouped and organized. Most of our china dolls are now residing on one settee, and these include local artists dolls, vintage and antique china heads and parian, Ruth Gibbs, some very early "dump babies" dug up in the ruins of German doll factories, some original creations, etc. Near them is a small shelf with a small collection of a friend's Nancy Ann and HP storybook dolls. There is a lot of planting of miniature gardens, dusting, packing, unpacking and repacking going on, too.

In part, we are saddened at the upcoming closing of our sister museum, The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art. We wish them luck, and do hope that they keep collecting privately.

Some short news and trivia; we will be presenting at MMLA this year, both our panel, A Literary Shelter for Misfit Dolls: Exploring Doll Play, and our paper on Dolls in Horror Films, are a go. This is a lot of work, but very exciting. We are indebted to the National Museum of Play for their on line Journal of Play and to our similar sources.

I have also been reviewing doll history, lately, and did not know that Charles Lindburgh was the best friend of the legendary Sam Pryor, former VP of Pan Am and noted doll collector. Pryor's collection is featured in several publications including the Dec. 1959 National Geographic, "The World in Dolls." Lindburgh, too, collected dolls, automatons and mechanical figures. Who knew? And, we have a porcelain Lindburgh doll, and a vintage Amelia Earhart.

Also, we hope to visit the home and doll collection of Eugene Field. I went to Eugene Field Grade School, as did my own son. Our principal had her own doll collection on display there, as was fitting. I did not know, however, that Fields' father, Roswell Field, was a lawyer, as is Dr. E by training, and that he represented Dred Scott. I've visited the courthouse before, and taught the case. We even have a house in my area where Scott stayed, but what a small world. Dolls are truly everywhere!

More triva: Chase Stockinet dolls, first made in 1893, were used as late as 1994 to teach hospital personnel. I had a student in one of my doll classes who used one, and she was called Mary Ann Chase [same first name as the student!]. I remember first grade books on nurses that showed drawings of them, too, in the mid sixties.

Also, the ball and socket joint for doll bodies was introduced in 1870. How interesting that these dolls are super popular today. Everything old isnew again. For more triva, see Betty O' Bennett's Collectible Dolls Facts and Trivia, vol.1 Hipp-Daniel, 1994.

Don't forget, the Bibiliography is on Amazon!! A Bibliography of Doll and Toy Sources, by Ellen Tsagaris.
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Pearls of Wisdom
Here is a wonderful link!

The Virtual Face-Lift™ - Website Creator & Live Tutorial
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Temples where Dolls are Cremated and "Die"
from the Japan Times; this is an interesting part of doll culture, but I couldn't bear to watch!

WEEK 3
CEREMONIES TO SAY 'THANKS AND GOODBYE'
Last rites for the memories as beloved dolls pass away
By SETSUKO KAMIYA
Staff writer
An opulent pair of Hime daruma prince and princess dolls from Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku has graced the living room of Tamiko Okamoto's home in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, since 1964. A wedding gift from a close friend, the dolls, side by side in a glass case, had been part of the family for all those years.




Departing dolls on display (top) before a monument to them at the Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple in Tokyo's Ueno Park, where some are cremated (above) at the finale of the annual event on Sept. 25. Dolls around the Shinto altar (below) at a similar "Doll-Thanking Ceremony" held on Sept. 18 at the Midori Kaikan funeral hall in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. SETSUKO KAMIYA PHOTOS



But when her husband died six years ago, Okamoto thought it was also time to bid farewell to those witnesses to their life together. As well, 40 years had tattered their kimonos, and the colors were fading.

"It's been on my mind, but I couldn't just throw them away, because that would bring divine punishment," said Okamoto, now 69 years old. "I'd wanted to have them prayed for, but I didn't know where to take them."

Earlier this year, Okamoto was excited to learn about the Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple in Tokyo's northern Taito Ward. At that temple in Ueno Park, she found out that a ceremony called ningyo kuyo is held annually to pray for dolls and thank them for giving their owners many fond memories. It is also a way for owners to release dolls from their hands and lives.

On Sept. 25, Okamoto was one of many dozens who took their dolls to the temple to be prayed for and then discarded. They included traditional ones such as Hina ningyo doll sets representing emperor and empress, attendants, court musicians and guards, which are traditionally given on the March 3 annual Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival), when families with daughters display them as a way of expressing hope for their future happiness. As well, that day at the temple, numerous soft-toy animals or animation characters were among the many "offerings" made.

At 2 p.m., five monks started reciting sutras in front of a monument on which several dolls were displayed. The monks then moved over to a small hearth, where some token representatives of the dolls were burned to ashes. Okamoto and the other assembled owners all put their hands together in prayer as if they were attending a funeral.

Afterward, Okamoto was trembling. "I didn't think it would be such a proper ceremony," she said. "My dolls gave us a nice time and I am so touched."

A week before Okamoto bid goodbye to her beloved dolls, Noriko Yamada, 60, shared a similar experience in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, where she lives. At the local funeral hall, called Midori Kaikan, another ceremony for departing dolls, called ningyo kanshasai, was performed.

Literally meaning "doll appreciation festival," the basic idea underlying the event was similar to that of the temple in Ueno Park. But the major difference was that the ceremony was according to Shinto practices rather than Buddhist ones.

Yamada took along a dozen dolls, including both some traditional ones and soft-toy animals that belonged to her now 35-year-old daughter.

"It's been hard to think about getting rid of them, because they remind me of the time my daughter spent with them," Yamada said, sentimentally. "And, you know, you can't throw away things with eyes, noses and mouths."

At the same time, Yamada said, she was looking for the right opportunity to dispose of them because the dolls were taking up too much space in her apartment. "I'm very glad that they are well taken care of like this," Yamada said as she surveyed the 5,000 dolls around the altar.

Soon, a priest began to perform a ritual to drive out the dolls' spirits and purify them. The ceremony was very solemn. Everyone was very quiet, as if it was a funeral -- but this time there was no burning of the dolls.


Dolls and soft toys (above) at Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple in Tokyo's Ueno Park, where Buddhist monks (below) receive them for the ceremony, along with a 3,000 yen donation per item.



Both Okamoto and Yamada believed it just wasn't right to simply toss their dolls into a rubbish bin, not least because of the memories that they embody. Each felt that doing so would in some way bring a curse down on them. In fact, many Japanese share their views -- as the huge number of dolls brought to the two farewell events so clearly demonstrated.

Where does such thinking come from?

Generally speaking, observers agree that it is neither a Buddhist nor a Shinto teaching to thank and pray for the dolls. Religious institutions simply reacted to this uniquely Japanese outlook by creating ceremonies to meet a need.

Historically, for instance, Kiyomizu Kannondo has long been a temple where couples would go and pray to be blessed with a child. When a child did come along, it was then customary for them to take a doll to the temple as the child's substitute to prevent anything bad befalling it. As time went by, some people simply started bringing dolls they wanted to get rid of, and the temple began accepting them daily and eventually started the annual ritual 49 years ago.

As for the Shinto ceremony at Midori Kaikan, the event there was actually part of a promotion campaign for the renewal of the funeral hall, owned by Setagaya Ward and run by JA Tokyo Central Ceremony Center. But it was also their effort to meet a local need, said Ceremony Center President Hiroaki Tanno, because "many residents are suffering over how to do away with their dolls."

As a result, to meet people's spiritual and practical needs regarding their dolls, similar events are held in temples and shrines across Japan, with owners normally paying "offerings" of around 3,000 yen per doll to for the service.

In fact, one of the nation's major "doll farewells" takes place today at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. There, from 9 a.m., people will start bringing in their dolls, and a huge number are expected to surround the main shrine before the day is out.

All very touching, for sure, but why do so many Japanese feel the need to pray for the dolls before abandoning them -- to say such "Thanks and Goodbye," as signs at Meiji Shrine proclaim?

According to Sumie Kobayashi, who heads the reference room of doll manufacturer Yoshitoku Co., the key actually lies in the annual Hinamatsuri Doll Festival. The dolls for this occasion, traditionally representing the wedding of the Imperial couple, are displayed on a platform. They are admired and handled with care and respect.

Kobayashi explained that festivals such as this are rooted in ancient purification rites performed as the seasons change, and that long ago the dolls were votive symbols in human form. In fact, she pointed out, the word for "doll" (ningyo) actually means "human form" when it is written in kanji characters.


Visitors admire the dolls at last year's "Doll Farewell" at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine (below). PHOTO COURTESY OF NIHON NINGYO KYOKAI

But in addition to respect for them being rooted in ritual and symbolism, Kobayashi said the dolls also "fulfill an educational purpose -- teaching us to be nice to them because they are vulnerable."

Kobayashi is a member of a group supporting today's festival at Meiji Shrine, and she has helped to display the dolls there many times. The number of dolls has been rising every year since the event started in 1989, she said, and this year is expected to top last year's record of more than 38,000.

After the ceremony is over and the dolls are purified, Kobayashi explained, most will be discarded as industrial waste. However, some with historical value will be kept to be displayed every year at the shrine after receiving the consent of the owners.

"Whenever I'm helping with this event, I'm really stunned to realize how much Japanese people have feelings for their dolls," she said. "It's really a unique and mysterious custom [to pray for them]."

The Japan Times: Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We are on Amazon!

For those interested, A Bibliography of Doll and Toy Sources is on Amazon. Soon to join it is With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History of Metal Dolls, Dolls with Metal Parts, and Automatons. The next book on metal dolls will be a photo study.

We are very excited with the new look we have on Facebook, and are indebted to Merna Throne of Pockets of Pearls.com, for her great work. Also, we want to thank 918Studio for picking up the metal doll book.

Working with rice and fresh herbs these days, including chives and various types of basil. Some leftover chinese rice, vodka sauce, sliced buffalo mozzarella, fresh, grated parmesan, sprinkled with herbs and heated 2.5 minutes in the microwave makes a great summer vegetarian dish that doesn't require a hot oven, a boon with our steamy heat these days.

Took an impomptu trip to our closest Trader Joes, mostly organic, very green very reasonable, tons of variety. The chocolate ganache torte is to die for, and should be a "tort!" It was $7.99! The brioche and pate, smolked salmon, was excellent. We got a good selection of cheeses, and lots of cookies as gifts. Then, ate at a Sushi restaruant with a revolving counter and vending machines with real Japanese anime toys and products. It was too wonderful. This was a short day trip, economical in this time of year, but great fun, and a good way to get out of Dodge.

I am better able to focus after a littel road trip like this. Summer doesn't have to be about stressful packing and big trips. Explore what is close,a nd look for free museum and admission days. Do something different, a new restaruant, movie theater, store to browse, or get invovled in a new camp with your kids. I like to clean, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder, one corner at a time. This is a must activity for collectors; it is a chance to recycle, renew, share, and deaccession where needed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Green Toys of 2009

From Dr. Toy:


Dr Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys speaks to the essence of good play and quality toys in a way that is approachable by parents, teachers, toy makers, toy buyers, and anyone thinking about raising healthy, compassionate, curious children. I recommend this book highly!
- Donna Jaffe, President Peaceable Kingdom, Inc.


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Dr. Toy's Best Green Products - 2009
DR TOY’S BEST GREEN PRODUCTS AND BEST GREEN COMPANIES AWARDS©
The planet we live on is in trouble as we learn more every day.

What can we do? How can we change?

Can we inspire our children to appreciate the environment and help them to take better care of our natural resources?

We might start by showing them examples of what we do as adults to conserve energy. We can show them how we take better care of our homes and offices. We can illustrate by example how we reduce our carbon footprint in a variety of ways.

We can also look more closely at what we do every day—(use paper or cloth bags instead of plastic, conserve energy, recycle, take time each day to spend in nature out of doors walking, growing vegetables, and in other ways appreciating the fragile balance of nature).

We can also reconsider what we provide for children to play with. We can examine the products used for play. We can find out about the ingredients and the process used to make them. We have some excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of special value in their message.

For the past three years we have identified products that are making a difference. Yes! These GREEN products constitute a small number now among all the choices of products available, but we need to start somewhere, and the awareness grows as more families are thinking and considering new directions that are safer, more balanced and healthier.

We are pleased and proud to identify the best GREEN Products and the conscientious companies that are making these products. We struggled to choose the BEST Green Company this year from among many qualified companies. They are each making a difference in their own way and making important contributions. Even if the practices are not as extensive, they are companies that have been either leaders in this area or are now participants in the growing number pledged to make a difference. The awareness is spreading and that in itself is encouraging. Each step helps. Each step moves us toward a healthier home and community.

ABOUT GREEN PRODUCTS
We have identified products that help children learn more about their world. We have found products made from organic materials, or produced in ways that are healthier. We encourage you to consider these products for home or school or as gifts.

Dr. Toy's Best Green Products - 2009

We encourage you to locate new books and websites that may inspire you to learn more about what you can do to participate in changing and working together to create a healthier place for everyone to live.

More GREEN Resources to check out
The Earthworks Group, The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth www.50simplekids.com (more details among our winning selections)
Joanna Yarrow, 1001 Ways to Save the Earth www.chroniclebooks.com
Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, True Green Kids-100 things you can do to save the planet National Geographic www.betruegreen.com
Consider the Possibility!
Start a toy Library where you live. http://www.usatla.org/Welcome.html
Work with schools to help make them more green. www.ase.org/section/program/greenschl
Change the light bulbs you use at home and at work.
Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible.
Consider learning more! (Some excellent examples)
www.greenamericatoday.org
www.globalgreen.org
www.greenmatters.com
www.worldwatch.org
www.foe.org
www.theecologist.org
www.eartheducation.org
www.thegreenguide.com
www.kidsplanet.org
www.epa.gov/kids
www.droptheplasticbag.org
www.planetpatrol.info
www.earth911.org/for-students
www.healthychild.org
COMPANIES' GREEN COMMITMENT
When we started the “Best Green Products Award Program”©, we wanted to recognize innovation in products that were making a difference, being made using new processes and/or based on principles such as planting new trees for those that were being used to produce their products.

Green awareness has grown throughout the toy industry due to many factors—product safety issues, wider realization of our precarious planet, and a broadening of principles to reflect daily practices. We applaud the changes. We hope the summary of these principles reflected by the growing group of green companies will continue to inspire others to match the effort.

Companies share the commitment to help preserve the world we live in. They are leading providers of new products, expanding awareness and are inspiring others. The products they make reflect these goals. These companies are practicing Green principles in their daily operations, providing support to local and national organizations that are making a difference, and providing information and resources to consumers. As one company reflected, “Going 100% Green” won’t happen overnight. Moving in a new Green direction is the best place to start!”

We urge you to review both the product details provided about each of the winners as well as the summary about why the company is considered Green and is considered a leader in promoting Green Practices.

After reviewing all of the attributes of all of the companies, one company was selected as the Green Company for 2009. This was a difficult choice to make as each company in the roster is worthy and has made a large difference already. We hope the activities of each company will be explored by others to expand their green practices.

The winner is Hugg-A-Planet.

Here are many of the important attributes provided by the companies as to why they qualified:
Manufactures eco-friendly products that reduces carbon footprint—manufacturing process and products reflect commitment.
Examples include:

Uses recycled paper and other eco-friendly materials in minimum quantities in its packaging.
Prints in the USA, on recycled paper, and uses vegetable-oil-based ink. Uses both sides of paper.
Factory is Fair Trade certified.
Uses organic products that are chemical free.
Recycles materials used for products and uses new processes for plastic.
Uses natural dyes.
Uses Polylith™, a synthetic “tree-free” paper made of 100% polypropylene, one of the most eco-friendly alternatives to vinyl. This rugged synthetic paper is waterproof and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Hand assembles products.
Uses non-toxic glues and other materials.
Company practices reflect commitment.
Examples include:

Installation of energy-saving lighting fixtures throughout office and plant.
Saves electrical energy by turning off lights.
Reprograms computers and other electrical equipment to shut down automatically when not in use.
Reduces energy consumption footprint.
Installs solutubes, which allow for natural light to illuminate key workstations.
Eliminates the emission of any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere.
Recycling procedures are used that all employees participate in. One company recycled 2,170 tons of material, saving 37,000 trees in the process.
Recycles cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, cell phones, electronics, electronic media, landscape waste, and construction debris.
Eliminates individual plastic water bottles.
Minimizes driving alone during work hours by using environmentally friendly options such as teleconference, videoconference, carpools and public transit.
Reduces use of paper through electronic billing and management.
Company’s environmental messages expressed via press releases and advertising.
Promotes consumer awareness by supporting and promoting public participation in Green practices in homes and schools.
Companies are using new materials in new ways.
Companies are replanting trees.
Companies are inspiring special programs and services.
Contributing to the preservation of the planet.
Past Recognition of Best Green Companies
Dr. Toy announced Second International Dr. Toy’s GREEN TOY COMPANY AWARD to Green Toys Inc. - Oct. 15, 2008
“This is the second company to launch a campaign to better the environment by making a promise to its customers and a commitment to society to use recycled plastics to make new products,” says Dr. Toy, acknowledging the leadership of Robert von Goeben and Laurie Hyman, co-founders of Green Toys Inc., for their creative use of recycled, kid-safe materials and in adopting business practices that keep manufacturing local to California, which saves in carbon emissions and creates US jobs. This recognition considers how this company uses a sustainable eco-friendly approach in its material selection, packaging, and business philosophy, which results in high quality, fun toys.

More information visit www.greentoys.com

"Dr. Toy’s First Green Toy Company Award to The Blue Orange Game Company - June 1, 2007
“This is the first company to launch a campaign to better the environment by making a promise to its customers and a commitment to society by re-planting two trees for every one used in creating its games.” says Dr. Toy acknowledging the leadership of its founders, Julien Mayot & Thierry Denoual. The Blue Orange Games Company is a leader for their use of high-quality, kid-safe materials plus their recognition of the future in its business practices today. This recognition considers how this company uses a sustainable eco-friendly way to provide an important component of all the company's wooden games, blocks and puzzles.

More information visit www.blueorangegames.com

Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products Summary 2007-2009


Products List
Image Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
Image Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
4M Industrial Development Green Science - Windmill Generator es op gn 8-12 11.99 852-358982
ALEX Wash & Dry Bingo bg gn 3-5 17.99 800.666.2539
Andrews McMeel Publ New 50 Simple Things bo gn 8-12 12.99 800.851.8923
Cadaco EnviroBLOX Deluxe Set ac co cp ho gn 4-12 7.99 800.621.5426
Cardboardesign Rocket ae cp ty gn 2-5 77.00 201.867.0005
Challenge & Fun/FocusBloom I Cherish Planet Earth bo es ge sr gn 4-10 16.95 888.384.6200
Charlie's Playhouse Giant Evolution Timeline ho ml sr gn 4-10 49.99 401.301.0711
Citiblocs 200-pc Wooden Bldg Set co cp es ty gn 3-12 49.95 866.967.9748
Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub pl sr ty gn 3-9 28.00 888.425.6832
Color Me House Color Me Rocket ac cp fp sr gn 3-12 49.99 541.633.0813
Dandelion Shape Sorter ty gn 1 m-12 m 38.99 888.222.3053
Disney Educational Productions School House Rock: Earth ae es sc sw dv gn 5-12 29.95 800.295.5010
DuneCraft Tea House cp es sc gn 4-12 24.99 800.306.4168
EDC Publishing/Usborne Books Going Green Kid Kit bo cp sc sr gn 8-12 18.99 800.475.4522
Elenco Snap Circuits Green cp es gn 8-12 64.95 800.533.2441
Elmer's Products Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program ac cp sr gn 5-12 0.00 888.435.6377
EOSGAME Leaves ae bg cg es sr gn 10-12 34.95 209.817.2458
Faber-Castell GRIP Watercolor EcoPencils ac cp gn 3-12 17.00 800.311.8684 x30
Fat Brain Toy Twig co cp es gn 3-12 49.99 800.590.5987
GBL&CLjr Publishing Popsi, The Daughter of Mother Nature bo do es sr gn 3-8 70.00 949.280.1261
Goldberger Co. Seedlings™ do ty gn 0-5 13.00 212.924.1194
Green Toys Inc Recycling Truck ae op ts gn 3-9 24.99 415.839.9971
Hugg-A-Planet Foundlings® pl sr ty gn 1-3 15.95 802.878.8900
Idbids Scout pl sr ty gn 3-5 14.99 877.443.2437
Imagination Box Schoolhouse ac cp ty gn 4-8 24.95 208.265.2699
Kids Preferred Buddy Peter Rabbit 10" pl tr ty gn 0-24 m 15.00 866.274.1144
Learning Horizons Earth Lovers Activity Books bo es sr gn 4-6 5.99 800.248.8946
LearningHerbs.com Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game bg es sr gn 4-12 29.99 425.216.6373
Maple Landmark Maple Teether Pair sr gn 0-24 m 15.50 800.421.4223
Restoration Gallery/Global Green Pals Recycle Kyle™ do es sr ty gn 3-12 29.95 219.512.9644
Roundhouse Design Collaborative Oh Plah! Bracelet no sr ty gn 3 m-24 m 19.99 860.581.4594
Sandvik Innovations Magnix® Kid Power I Care for the Earth bg bo es gn 3-5 12.95 610.975.3582
Schylling Panda's Pick Tic Tac Toe es tr ty gn 6-12 7.49 800.541.2929
ScreenLife Animal Planet DVDiscoveries! Baby Animals es pz sc dv gn 3-5 19.95 866.383.4263
SmartLab Toys All Natural Spa Lab ac ae cp sc gn 7-12 19.99 866.319.5900
Sound Advice Inc. Crazy Bugs cg sc gn 8-12 14.95 510.338.1208
Sprig Toys Ol' Mac's Story Building Barnyard co cp ty gn 3-5 29.99 970.472.0321
Sri Toys Educ Int'l Raccoon Puzzle cp pz sr gn 3-9 12.95 800.995.0154
Thames & Kosmos Global Warming bo sc sr gn 10-12 34.95 800.587.2872
WWF® by Terra WWF812 8-in-1 Combo bg es sr gn 6-12 50.00 973.694.5006

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Key to Item Types: AC - Arts & Crafts AE - Active Toy AP - Activity Product AS - Accessory/Decor
AT - Audio Tape BG - Board Game BO - Book CD - CD
CE - Entertainment CG - Card Game CM - CD-ROM CO - Construction Toy
CP - Creative Product CR - Computer Related CS - Costume DH - Dollhouse
DO - Doll DV - DVD EG - Electronic Game EL - Electronic Product
EQ - Equipment ES - Educational Skills FP - Fantasy Play GE - Game
GN- Green Product HO - Hobby ML - Musical MM - Multimedia
NO - Novelty OP - Outdoor Play OT - Other PL - Plush Toy
PT - Pool Toy PU - Puppet PZ - Puzzle RS - Rubber Stamp
SC - Science SR - Socially Responsible ST - Stamps SW - Software
TR - Travel Item TS - Transportation TY - Toy UN - Unique Product
VG - Video Game VT - Video Tape
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