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A Tribute To Princess Margaret Rose

I wonder how many of you will remember this event, so I'm testing you. In July 1941 there was an exhibition of The Princesses' Dolls at Holman's. It was held in the space where we use to go to see Santa Clause, I think. The exhibit was on a tour of Canada and was sponsored here by the Hillsborough Chapter of the IODE. Mrs. Thane Campbell opened the exibit. The dolls had been presented to the King and Queen when they had visited France in 1938 and were " . . . loaned by Gracious Permission of Her Majesty The Queen. The proceedings in aid of The Canadian National Committee on Refugees". They were Juneau dolls and were about four feet tall. They were called France and Marianne and they travelled with a complete wardrobe ... everything. I will never forget walking into that space and seeing those cases with the dolls and all the clothes - clothes for every occasion. I didn't know it at the time, but the clothes had been designed by the leading fashion designers of the day in France: Worth, Patou, Piquet and the like. As a paper doll fan this display was everything in 3-D that I could have imaged.

Written Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 07:48 PM

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