Witt in Doll Directory, A Guide to U.S. Doll Museums,
Collections, and Hospitals, Copyright 2005
".....the museum is home to one of the largest
collections in the United states of nineteenth and early
twentieth century French and German bisque head dolls.
....The museum also has a Shirley Temple collection that
begins with a 1936 Shirley and runs through 1984. The
many Madame Alexander dolls include early compositions and
plastic dolls. There are 1920s and 1930s compositions, mama
dolls, ventriloquist dolls, foreign dolls, larger companion
and baby walker dolls, and movie/television star dolls.
Rounding out the collection are Barbies and Annette Himsted
Yesterday's Children: A Step
Back in Time By Kathy Witt
...the museum is a treat for guests who arrive in this
pretty burg ....features everything from Lenci dolls to
early Barbies. .....over 1,000 dolls on display in the
1836 building on a brick-paved street lined charmingly with
lamp posts. .....one of the largest collections of
19th and early 20th century French and German bisque head
dolls.....most French and German doll makers are
represented. .....has a Shirley Temple collection that
begins with a rare 1934 Shirley in her original Texas Ranger
ensemble. .....has scads of Madam Alexanders and
Nancy Ann Story Book dolls. ..... has 1920s and 1930s
composition "mama" dolls, ventriloquist dolls,
foreign dolls, large companion and walker dolls.
.....has a group of georgeous Barefoot Children by Annette
Himstedt plus antique carousel horses and vintage teddy
bears. .....has Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls,
American Character's Tiny Tears and Sweet Sue, Ideal's Betsy
Wetsy, Crissy, Velvet, and Patti Playpals, Mattel's Mrs
Beasely and Tiny Chatty Brother, Coleco's Cabbage Patch
Dolls, and a hodgepodge of other dolls...
.....back room has a collection of antique toys, trucks, and
Carlton, Southern Living Weekend Vacations Magazine, September 1998.
"Yesterday's Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, 1104
Washington Street. Little girls--and moms, too--will delight
in this collection of dolls, including some priceless German bisque
dolls. But even Barbie isn't ignored in this pleasant retreat
from the everyday world."
Thornton, The Southern Traveler, January 29, 1995
Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum entertains old and young alike.
If you ever had a favorite doll or toy as a child, chances are
you'll find it represented here........While you'll find stuffed
animals, toy trains and trucks in the four rooms of the museum,
dolls are the centerpiece---from Barbie to French-made Emile Jumeau
dolls with bisque-porcelain faces and 'paperweight' eyes. There
are larger-than-child-size antique dolls and a Sonja Heine
look-alike made by Madame Alexander in 1938."Most
intriguing are modern dolls made by Annette Himstedt in Germany
(available for sale in the museum). Expressive faces result
from the children who pose for the dolls. Some are crying,
some laughing, others pensive or curious."
T. Smith, Doll Castle News, November & December 1987
can recapture that fantasyland in a nostalgic trip through
"Yesterday's Children Antique Doll Museum and Doll Shop.
It's a fun experience for children one to one hundred. ....... "The
museum contains a lovely collection, quite diversified, and
encompasses a wonderful array of both antique and collectible dolls,
even Barbies. ....."You
can enjoy the unique beauty and rarity of early bisque 19th century
French and German dolls; view life-size French, Jumeau and German
doll-masters' renditions of antique porcelain dolls; visit the
twenties and thirties with early composition dolls; trace Madam
Alexander dolls from early examples of the thirties to present day
charmers; and remember the fifties and complete your historical doll
tour with displays of plastic and vinyl dolls from 1950 through
Northway, Endless Vacation, Article titled Cannons and Casinos, May
- June 1995
discover....Yesterday's Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum,
located in an 1836 building and filled with more than 1,000 dolls
Sylvia Kenney, Vicksburg Post, in a Dec 22, 2002
is Family Tradition for Museum Owner"
collection includes more than 1,000 dolls, boys and girls'
toys, and doll accessories from around the world and some that
are pre-Civil War. ....Museum visitors can take a guided
or unassisted tour of the museum's rare, antique china and
bisque porcelain French and German dolls. .....
The collection also includes several original Shirley Temple
dolls from various production periods, first production of
Tiny Tears and Drink and Wet dolls, the first Scarlett O'Hara
doll, teddy bears and doll accessories. ....."