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R. John Wright Collector Spotlight with Becky Rice

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

R. John Wright Collector Spotlight with Becky Rice

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Becky Rice is a multi-generational R. John Wright collector and her collection of R. John Wright is as whimsical and sweet as her personality. We had the opportunity to sit down with Becky and interview her about her RJW story and what a treat it was. Enjoy!

When did you first see an an RJW Doll?

I remember looking through my Mother’s Doll News catalogs and I saw the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set, I told her she should buy it. I told her that month after month. She did eventually purchase a few pieces, Poor Snow White and Dopey, Periwinkle, the club Pooh, Piglet with violets, Jack and Jill, the miniature Pooh set, Edward and his drum. These are the pieces I inherited from her.

What was your first RJW doll?

It was Washington DC UFDC convention in 99, it was a really rough time. We buried my Mother at Arlington National Cemetery during convention, I spent most of that week in a daze. We were both signed up for the RJW meal event. We received the little Kewpie pin and they had Flit and Fleur to purchase. I fell in love with them, they made me smile. I kept thinking how much Mom would of like them. I have since purchased other kewpies in the series. I have the Peeper and Poppy too, I just can’t figure out where my Dad stored them…someday when we dig through the 50 Christmas boxes downstairs, I think they will appear.

What was next?

The following year in was in the salesroom at UFDC and the Toy Shoppe had the Little Children series I Becky, well I had to have the Becky doll. Lay away became a great thing and I was hooked!! I absolutely adore the Little Children Series, I am excited to just this month get Tad, and to find out he is even more special with his blue eyes.
Oh those blue eyes on Tad!

Oh those blue eyes on Tad!

My favorites are the Little Children, I would love to own them all! One day, one layaway at a time…lol! I have Becky, Jesse, Rachel, and Tad for series I and Edward, Max, Patrick and Arthur from the Childhood Classics.
The Little Children

The Little Children

I picked up various RJW dolls at Convention events, Ebay, dealers and friends who attended events. I have two of the Saint Nicholas dolls from the earlier years and they are different in subtle ways. Their bags are made of different fabric and they are marked differently. One has the paper tag marked N1-109 and the second one has the green tag and a NIADA tag sewn on the back hem of his coat.
I attended a regional conference in Albany when Abagail debuted, but the real bonus for me was the Genevieve doll, that is my Mother’s and my Grandmother’s name. So she is very special. I purchased my Little Prince from the RJW store that year, that was a story my Mother read to us as children, as well as Winnie the Pooh and the Wind in the Willows.
Last summer we did a doll display with characters from storybooks. Many of my RJW dolls ended up in the display. We placed the characters with the books. My Peter Rabbit and the cabbage patch was shown with the book open to the scene in the book. One of our members had an antique Brownie book with the Policeman and the Gentleman on the front cover, so they were displayed. The mini Pooh set and Becassine, Joel and the Goose. We had a lot of great response from the Library attendees and well as the staff.
I like the old characters, the first molded faces. They do have so much character and the workmanship is amazing. Their leather or wooden shoes, Karl’s basket on his back, the clothes so finely made; I have such an appreciation for the artistry.

What are your top 5 favorites?

Little Children series (yes, all of them)

Character dolls

Snow White series

Victorian Children

Brownies

Thank you, Becky Rice! Enjoy some more snapshots of Becky's collection. If you would like to be in a RJW Collector Spotlight, please email our social team to get started!

If you would like to be in a RJW Collector Spotlight, please email our social team to get started!