One of the benefits of doll collecting and having a website is that it provides an opportunity to meet some really nice people along the way. I want to take a few moments to share a recent experience with you. On my website (http://www.kfcollectibles.com/), I've included a page with an article entitled Vintage Doll Collecting - Horsman Dolls From the Beginning to a Successful Vinyl Doll Manufacturer, by Connie Limon. The article prompted a question from a website visitor who was trying to identify the Horsman doll that she owns. I offered to do some research on her doll. I found, as she had found, that the trail to the identification of her doll was not easy. However it did prove to be possible.
Of course, the internet is a valuable resource of information; however, the internet alone did not answer our questions. The most valuable information obtained that enabled me to narrow down the research for this particular doll was found in a book entitled Horsman Dolls, The Vinyl Era, 1950 to Present, by Don Jensen. This book is an Identification and Value Guide and has hundreds of pictures of Horsman dolls with a little information about the dolls pictured. The information contained in the book allowed me to narrow down the research to just a couple of possibilities. The narrowed research made it easier to find more specific information on the internet that ultimately led us to the identity of the doll. I found that doing similar searches every few days actually reaped different results. This was due primarily because products change frequently on places like eBay and other e-commerce stores.
For all of you Horsman Doll collectors, if you don't already have it, I recommend adding this book to your collection. I've included a link on my website (http://www.kfcollectible.com/) on the Favorite Links page. By clicking on the link for the book on the website, you will be redirected to a website where you can purchase the book.
A Little about http://www.kfcollectibles.com/
The website for KFCollectibles was moved to a new site builder. The URL for the new website is the same (http://www.kfcollectibles.com/). The new site is accessible, but it is currently under construction and is expected to be completed before the end of February. Once completed, the product catalog will be more robust than in the previous site, which is meant to provide an easier shopping and checkout experience for the customer. Thank you for your patience!