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Women host doll program by Kate Reed

November 27, 2012
The Times Observer

Kate Reed, who founded the Kinzua Country Dollers Club and is known as a doll researcher in the U.S. and abroad, recently spoke to the Woman's Club of Warren about her recent trip to Germany in search of old doll factories, castles and great food. Reed and two friends met at JFK airport and traveled to their base city of Sonneberg in the heart of doll country. There they rented a car and visited many of the nearby cities and towns where dolls were or are still being made. Many of the doll "factories" were not at all what we would consider a factory, she said. Rather they were in people's homes and the entire family was involved in the manufacture of dolls. Some factories are still in existence but many are in ruins or merely vacant lots.



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