Email The City of Rogers

Go to RogersArkansas.com Home Page
Rogers Weather    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

» Visitor Information » Exhibits » Programs » Education » Collections » Donate an Object » Research Library » Museum Shop » FAQs » Museum Blog » Home

Rogers Historical Museum  


Donation of the Month

 

Russ Troll Doll
Donors: Catherine Orr & Elizabeth Bland
Accession #: 2003.34.4

Most people have heard of trolls, most notably those made popular in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But trolls have been around for a long time. Originally part of Norse mythology they have grown to be oversize creatures covered in thick hair and are often naïve. While today’s trolls lurk in adventure movies, in the 1960s miniature versions of those oversize creatures lurked in your Christmas stocking.

Originally created in 1959 by Thomas Dam, a woodcarver in Denmark, these dolls hit the all time best selling list from 1963 to 1965. Dam's company Dam Things began producing the dolls in plastic under the name Good Luck Trolls. A failure to keep up on the copyright caused many other companies to get in on the troll doll craze. Today, the copyright has been given solely to the Danish company.

After the heyday of the 1960s the trolls lost favor among children and faded into the background. Several attempts were made to revive the popularity of the 1960s with additional characters, colors and sizes. One such company was Russ Berrie and Company. Russ trolls were made for many years as a cheaper alternative to the original Dam dolls, but really rose to popularity in the 1990s. The troll doll shown here is a typical Russ doll dressed in a clown costume. Today, troll dolls are still manufactured in Denmark, but the dolls’ real popularity is retained by enthusiastic collectors of these little dolls.

 

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Rogersopoly
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Candles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Soap
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Blueprints
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Toys
Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Hatpins
Help One Another Club Quilt
Loom
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
Teddy
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons

Furniture

1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Other
Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Fiddle
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
ViewMaster
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket
 

 


 


 

 


 

About the MuseumExhibits  |  Programs  |  Education  |  Get Involved  | Have Fun |  Contact UsHome