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Articles by Richard OBrien


Solving the Mystery of Composition Soldiers, Part II (9/1/2011)
The composition of Playwood’s soldiers consisted of triple zero wood flour from Wisconsin (very fine-ground, almost like talc), 20 Mule Team Borax, unbleached white flour (condemned by food inspectors who had marked the inedible flour with chicken blood), and water

Solving the Mystery of Composition Soldiers, Part I (8/1/2011)
Tracking down the composition soldiers made in the United States during World War II had been next to impossible.

The Women Behind Toy Soldiers: Part III (5/1/2011)
According to Jeannette Vrancken, who was a ward of Olive Kooken's, toys were the artist's “bread and butter”

The Women Behind Toy Soldiers: Part II (4/1/2011)
Margaret Cloninger was an actress who took up sculpting when hard times hit the theater

The Women Behind Toy Soldiers: Part I (3/1/2011)
Virtually everything about toy soldiers is cloaked in masculinity

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