'Meet my big family': Woman seeks new home for more than 1,000 vintage dolls

A Winnipeg woman who has amassed a staggering collection of vintage dolls is searching for a new caretaker for her prized “family.

See Full Article

Rozalynde McKibbin has been building the collection ever since she gave a makeover to a bald doll she found in a red dress. That happened on Valentine’s Day of 1966, so she named the doll Valentina.

Fifty years later, her collection has multiplied to more than 1,000 figurines. They sit in her kitchen, atop her china cabinets, on her stairs and in countless perches throughout the house.

McKibbin, now in her 70s, hopes to find a new home for her massive collection, on one condition: the group must not be divided up.

“My neighbours say, ‘Hey, your stuff is going to end up in a garage sale.’ And I say, ‘No way, no way,’” she told CTV News.

She’s contacted several museums offering up the dolls, including the Manitoba Children’s Museum in Winnipeg. So far, she’s had no luck.

For McKibbin, the collection is priceless. Many of the dolls have been donated to her from former owners who have since died. A set of twin dolls were donated to McKibbin from two real-life twins who lived through the Second World War in Europe. They promised each other that, no matter what, their dolls would never be apart, McKibbin says.

The Winnipeg woman has kept that wish alive, and she hopes someone else will take up the charge when she no longer can.

With files from CTV Winnipeg Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 5 key moments from tonight's B.C. election debate

    Canada News CBC News
    The leaders traded jabs on three main categories — leadership, the economy and housing — during Wednesday's election debate. Here are five moments we found most interesting: Housing B.C. Election Debate 20172:42 Source
  • Trump assures PM: No NAFTA withdrawal for now

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — The White House is telling U.S. media that it’s weighing a plan to pull out of NAFTA, upping the pressure on Congress to get cracking on negotiations under the threat of having the seminal trade deal obliterated. Source
  • India blocks social media in Kashmir in wake of abuse videos

    World News CTV News
    SRINAGAR, India - India has ordered internet service providers in Indian-controlled Kashmir to block Facebook, Twitter and 20 other social media sites and online applications for one month, after several videos and photos depicting alleged abuses of Kashmiris by Indian security forces sparked outrage and fuelled protests. Source
  • Trump tells Canada, Mexico he won’t terminate NAFTA

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — The White House is telling U.S. media that it’s weighing a plan to pull out of NAFTA, upping the pressure on Congress to get cracking on negotiations under the threat of having the seminal trade deal obliterated. Source
  • Housing, economy, leadership feature in final B.C. election debate

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is defending the time it took her government to cool Vancouver's scorching housing market, telling voters watching a TV debate the Liberals wanted to make sure they didn't wipe out the equity people have built in their homes by acting rashly. Source
  • Hollywood producer testifies in Robert Durst murder case

    World News CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- A Hollywood producer testified Wednesday that a friend claimed to have impersonated the first wife of real estate heir Robert Durst in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead. Source
  • Doctors in Detroit-area genital mutilation case indicted

    World News Toronto Sun
    DETROIT — A grand jury indicted two doctors and a third person on Wednesday in an alleged scheme to perform genital mutilation on two girls from Minnesota at a Detroit-area clinic. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and Attar’s wife, Farida, are charged with female genital mutilation, conspiracy and other crimes. Source
  • Trekker missing in Nepal for 47 days saved, girlfriend dies 3 days before rescue

    World News CTV News
    KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A Taiwanese man who was missing on a mountain in Nepal for 47 days was rescued Wednesday, but his girlfriend died just three days before they were discovered, trekking officials said. Asian Trekking agency official Madhav Basnet said 21-year-old Liang Sheng Yueh was found Wednesday on a ledge under a waterfall and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in the capital, Kathmandu. Source
  • Canadian soldier killed in vehicle rollover remembered for 'big heart'

    Canada News CTV News
    A field memorial was held Wednesday morning for a Canadian solider killed when a light-armoured vehicle rolled over during a training exercise on an Alberta base. Sgt. Robert J. Dynerowicz died Tuesday after the accident at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright. Source
  • Conservative candidates battle it out after O'Leary quits

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — The Conservative leadership race now enters the final weeks with penultimate debate showcasing the task at hand for the majority of candidates: take down clear front-runner Maxime Bernier. Wednesday night’s final party debate in Toronto was supposed to be a big political spectacle in its own right, with the May 27 climax looming on the calendar. Source