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The speaker is a 65-year-old White woman with a high school education from Yakima, Washington; she was recorded in 1966.



County: Yakima
State: WA

Commentary:
The city of Yakima (current population 91,067) and the nearby Yakima River are named for the Yakama Native American people. The semiarid climate of the Yakima Valley is ideally suited for growing apples, cherries, grapes, and hops, and the area boasts the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. In this segment the speaker tells of her passion for doll collecting and discusses some of the differences between antique and contemporary dolls.
Inf: I do. I collect dolls, and I love them and I have quite a, a case full of them. Some of those are way over a hundred years old. I have one that I had a wig made from my own hair. When my hair was long, I had it cut and I saved it and had a wig made of it, and the grandchildren can???t believe that Grandma???s hair was ever brown. It???s gray now.

And I have, oh, over a hundred dolls. And I prefer the dolls from way back, years old, antique dolls, because, uh, I think they have more history to them. And I think they have more expressions to their faces than the new dolls do.

FW: What kind of expressions do they have?

Inf: Well, the dolls nowadays have such big eyes they don???t look real. And um, ???course they???re pretty, but I prefer my old dolls. And some of my dolls have regular eyebrows, and the dolls don???t now. And, uh???

FW: I???m sorry. What do you mean by regular eyebrows?

Inf: They have hair on their eyebrows [FW and Inf: Real hair]. Mm-hmm [FW: Oh]. And they also had pierced ears, years ago. And, uh, you can put in pierced earrings. And some of the dolls are in their original clothes [FW: Mm-hmm]. And one that I treasure a good deal is one that, uh, went through a big fire in Portland. And they saved the trunk and this poor old doll was in the original box, and they found it in the trunk, belonged to a jeweler [FW: Oh, my]. And it was given to me. And, uh, they???re the jointed dolls, most of them. [FW: The what?] Jointed dol-

FW: What does that mean?

Inf: Well they have, uh, little ball bearings. Not real [FW: Uh-huh] metal, but, uh, little hinges???

FW: That make their joints move.

Inf: M-, make their joints move. And I have the old china head dolls.

FW: What are they like?

Inf: Their heads, the hair is made right onto the head [FW: Mm-hmm]. It???s all china, painted.

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