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2012-09-20 / Business

Doll Museum promises trip down memory lane

BY AMANDA WORLEY
Contributor


Just some of the dolls on display at The Doll Museum, 310 N. Main St., in downtown Davison. 
Photo by Amanda Worley Just some of the dolls on display at The Doll Museum, 310 N. Main St., in downtown Davison. Photo by Amanda Worley DAVISON — Collecting is a common hobby for many people, but for Marion Raysin and her husband Erwood (Ray), it has become almost a way of life.

Every doll in their museum has a memory attached to it.

The Doll Museum, 310 N. Main St., in downtown Davison, officially opened Sept. 8, just in time for the couple’s 67th wedding anniversary.

The Raysins are the former owners of what is now Allen Funeral Home on Davison Road.

The museum features dolls from the late 19th-century (the oldest dates from the 1870s) up to modern day. Some of the collections include figures from bygone television shows and Hollywood shorts such as “The Little Rascals” and “Family Affair”, as well as American film icons like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

The dolls are created from many mediums: china, composites, wood, felt, and rubber, among others.

“I have been collecting dolls for 66 years,” said Marion. “We haven’t counted them all really, but we must have close to 2,000. My husband’s aunt got me started. Now I just want to share them.”

Her first doll was a Schoenhut creation, which is now on display at the museum.

One of the museum’s unique features are the international displays, which have dolls from countries such as Japan, Germany, and China.

“I’ve got a flag for each place to represent around the world — I tried to tie it into Davison as the City of Flags,” said Marion.

The museum has a $5 admission fee and is open Thursday to Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Visits may also be made by special appointment.

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