1890 - 2010

06.06.17 - 2.08.2017

Amanda Alicia Beban


Place of Exposition

Art of Gallery. Museo Marítimo de Ushuaia

"Perhaps the first local thematic collection that transcends the national and international scope. Just think that until 1947 the only communication that there was postal or by ship "


Amanda Alicia Beban tells us. "Since I was little I was lover of the dolls, along with my Memo had in my power other dolls of pasta that with the course of the years I do not remember what happened (only one was saved), I have in clear that I had wrists of rags and made wool For my mother and grandmothers, with whom I played with my sisters without fear of being broken.


Over time, during my childhood, adolescence and with my family, I was always accompanied by my dolls. In the 1990s I had in my house several dolls, mine, my mother's, my three daughters and several that I had given grandmothers of PAMI to whom I gave classes in fabric and crafts. When my six children formed their own families, I began to include collections of porcelain dolls such as dolls with typical costumes from different countries of the world, Disney fairy princesses, vintage clothes, collectible Barbies ... and many who gave me And so I formed my collection. "


Brief history of the dolls

The history of the dolls goes back to prehistoric times. It is very difficult to determine the origin of the toys, but it is known that this tradition was born in the Egyptian civilization, children were having fun with wooden dolls or cloth. The toy was handmade and sometimes it was the children themselves who manufactured them, generally looking to imitate objects from real life.

With the passage of time they were adopting different forms, different uses and mainly the material with which they are made.

The most related to those currently known, are those that arose during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By the year 1840, the idea of ​​making dolls with a porcelain face appeared (being currently preferred), whose figure represented women so that, with different garments, they were shown to the ladies of the bourgeoisie as a model of fashion lines, At that time there were no fashion shows, no graceful and well-cared models like today).

Until 1935 this type of dolls with porcelain face was made, existing hundreds of factories, the German, French and English majorities. In general, the marks are usually engraved on the nape of the wrist, where the name of the manufacturer and the date of manufacture are indicated.

French dolls are in general, previous to the German ones and they have some own characteristics like the form of cut of the head, the closed mouth and the form of the body.

The doll is considered in almost all the world, a collection object, the mark, the model and the state of conservation, set the average value of sale. The difference that exists between the same doll, which for example has the same size, the same make and model is very broad in favor of one who has his mouth open, by far the one that has it closed.

Another important factor for collectors is the rarity of the model. The most recognized brands are Simon & Halbig, Reinhardt, Armand Marselle and others. On the side of the French, the most recognized are the Poru, Steinser, Jumean, etc.

The doll has become a fun object for children and collector's item for the world's largest, mainly in the USA. And Europe.

According to doll collectors, detachment from one of them is like detaching from a part of oneself.

In the year 1880 Thomás Alba Edison was the inventor of the doll that said Mom and Dad.

In 1958 appears the doll with adult aspect called Barbie; Ruth and Elliot Handler, the parents of Barbie, named after their daughter, never imagined the phenomenon that would unleash their invention, when they decided to create a doll that did not represent a baby, they had observed that their daughter and their Friends had more fun playing with adult-looking dolls.

Since time immemorial, children have used dolls for their games, imitating the reality of dads and their children.