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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2010
As seen on ABC TV and "Fresh" "Getaway" "Sydney Weekender" "The Great Outdoors" and in "The Collector" "Sydney's Hidden Treasures" "Sydney Escapades" 20-22 Grose Street LEURA NSW 2780 AUSTRALIA Phone 02 4784 3117 Fax 02 4784 3078 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.bygonebeautys.com.au Open 7 days • 10am -5.30pm Bygone Beautys "Treasured Teapot Collection" is fast becoming one of the most popular attractions in the Blue Mountains. Located one block east of the Leura shopping centre, the Antique Centre houses the world's largest private teapot collection. This collection was commenced 30 years ago by Ronald Hooper, however with the establishment of Bygone Beautys in 1992 along with Maurice Cooper as joint proprietor, the collection really expanded. There are now over 3000 teapots on display with rare and exotic exhibits including a 300-year-old cast iron Chinese teapot, an Australian Pan teapot, Bunnykins, Art Deco, a Staffordshire reported to be from the Paris Exhibition and a Wedgwood Cream Ware dating back to 1792. You will also see an array of antiques, estate jewellery, collectables, Shelley china, giftwares, soft furnishings, furniture, lamps, gift cards, mirrors and much more in Bygone Beautys Antique Emporium. Bygone Beautys also serves a delicious Devonshire Tea or partake of their Traditional Tea, served silver service on a trolley to your table. They have light lunches as well, soup, sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold refreshments, served amidst the Teapot Collection in their Tearoom. ANTIQUE CENTRE & TEAROOM "Treasured Teapot Collection" Stop 21 Stop 5 autumn 2010 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 13 The very cute and popular Kewpie Dolls which were a huge hit around the world in the 1950s are making a massive comeback. American doll and toy maker Charisma has released a new collection of these very appealing dolls, re-created as they were in years past. Around 40 designs are now being imported into Australia by Mark Jones Designs and are available at Nana's Teddies & Toys in Blaxland. Porcelain, vinyl and composition models are available in a range of sizes from 20cm to 52cm. They are just adorable with their trademark topknot hairstyle and large mischievous eyes. According to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the history of the Kewpie goes back to the early 1900s. "Kewpie dolls and figurines are based on illustrations by Rose O'Neill that appeared in Ladies' Home Journal in 1909," it says. "These illustrations, which incorporated words and pictures with the recurring Kewpie characters, are considered to be early versions of the comic strip medium. The small dolls were extremely popular in the early 1900s. They were first made out of bisque and then celluloid. In 1949, Effanbee created the first hard plastic versions." Their name in is derived from Cupid, the Roman god of love. The early dolls, especially signed or celluloid, are highly collectible and worth thousands of dollars. The time capsule at the 1939 New York World's Fair contained a Kewpie doll. "Many other articles were made using their images, like colouring and poem books, cups, plates, curios," says Wikipedia. "The incredible success of these characters made their creator rich and famous. It's a rare example of a woman making it in the media business at such an early date. Kewpies should not be confused with the baby-like Billiken figures that debuted in 1908." Nana's Teddies & Toys has most of the range available alongside other great doll ranges including The Florence Collection, Marie Osmond and Artista doll collections. Nana's Teddies showroom is at 21 Great Western Hwy, Blaxland. Tel: 0247 390677 or visit their huge online catalogue at www.teddys.com.au Kewpie Dolls are back
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