Monday, January 18, 2010


In the early 1970s, "dollsandreams" was Sasha Central for adult collectors and neighborhood children alike. The little shop had two tall, narrow windows on either side of the front door. The bright green facade was a refreshing spot of color on Third Avenue in the Murray Hill section of New York City.
My first Sasha window display was installed in the window on the right side. The window was about 9 feet high by 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep. The tree, complete with hearts carved into the trunk, was made of papier-mache and was almost as tall as the window.
The picnic table was at the base of the tree and the tree house was installed in the middle of the tree trunk. A swing hung from one branch and a rope ladder hung off the tree house platform. One Sasha relaxed in a folding chair enjoying the sun while a Gregor climbed up the ladder to the tree house. On the deck another Gregor was flying a kite that rose up to the full height of the window. Another Sasha wearing a sunsuit sat on the ground while the hostess Sasha prepared the salads for lunch.

This was the first of several windows that I created for "dollsandreams" during my first years of
collecting. They never failed to delight the neighborhood children who would press their noses against the window searching out every tiny detail from Sasha's silverware to Gregor's tool box. A good time was had by all.

Tomorrow's window is Halloween dress-up time for the Sashas.

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