The first doll I ever bought, “Love” from Hasbro’s 1971 line of World of Love dolls. I found her at the Chelsea flea market in New York, in the late 90s when it was still an open air market. I had no idea who she was, she was just laying on the pavement, dirty and beaten up next to other toys and her beautiful, kind face spoke to me. I remember getting in a cab and holding her in my hand, thinking, “this is a person.” She came with me everywhere after that day, traveling all over the world, she tagged along for company. It was only years later that I wondered what her history was and went online with very little to go on. Then I got hooked on studying, researching, discovering, collecting, photographing dolls, which will be both my salvation and my downfall.

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