Sydney’s Doll Hospital

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A young customer looks over the counter as a family member brings in a doll for repair at Sydney’s Doll Hospital May 20, 2014. Opened in 1913, Sydney’s Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys. Behind a toy shop on a busy suburban street in Sydney’s south, “doll surgeons” transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets in dolls who were the victim of a childhood tantrum or sibling rivalry, sometimes decades ago. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Geoff Chapman, “Head Surgeon” and third-generation owner of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, holds a small doll on one hand as he writes details onto its repair card attached to its foot, at his workshop June 28, 2014.(Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A sign at Sydney’s Doll Hospital shows the various “wards” where dolls, rocking horses and prams can be admitted for repair, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Nadine Koszytka, a worker at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, inspects a customer’s (R) doll brought in for repair, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Geoff Chapman, “Head Surgeon” at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, is pictured in his workshop August 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Two photographs hanging on the wall of Sydney’s Doll Hospital show the before and after pictures of a teddy bear that had been brought in for repair, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A teddy bear in two pieces is pictured on the workshop floor at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, August 19, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Geoff Chapman (R), “Head Surgeon” and third-generation owner of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, is pictured with employee Nadine Kosztka, as they inspect customers dolls that have been brought in for repair, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A damaged doll is brought in for repair by a customer at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, repairs a customers doll on her workbench, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, matches a pair of eyes from her stock to be inserted into a customer’s doll undergoing repairs, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Limbs of dolls are shown as spare parts in a pile ready to be used in customers doll repairs at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, carries spare dolls to be used for parts in repairing customer’s dolls, July 15, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Doll repairer Kerry Stuart is pictured alongside a paint drying rack littered with the body parts of dolls being repaired at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, July 12, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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The arms, legs and hands of composition dolls, made from compressed wood chip, are pictured hanging on a line as the paint dries in a workshop of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Gail Grainger, a 14-year veteran doll restorer, is pictured as she adds fingers to a damaged dolls hand in her workshop at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Doll restorers Gail Grainger (L) and Kerry Stuart inspect the head of a composition doll, made from compressed wood chip, in the workshop of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Doll limbs and hand tools are pictured in the afternoon sun on the work bench of Geoff Chapman, “Head Surgeon” and owner of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, June 28, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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The head of a plastic doll is exposed to ultra-violet light to temporarily soften it before re-attaching to its body, one of many techniques employed by the doll restorers at Sydney’s Doll Hospital July 12, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, pulls the plastic head of a customers doll out of a bowl of hot water to soften the material before removing and replacing its old eyes, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A badly-weathered composition doll, made from compressed wood chip, has its flakey paint cut off before being repaired and repainted by Gail Grainger, a 14-year veteran doll repairer at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, August 19, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Doll restorer Kerry Stuart rubs a filling compound into the cracked head of a plastic doll at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A combination picture shows one doll’s head through various stages of its repainting by Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, June 17, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A damaged doll is pictured on a workbench after having its head re-attached by 25-year veteran doll repairer Kerry Stuart at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A discarded doll is pictured against a wall in the workshop of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A trash can featuring discarded doll parts including a broken head, torso and limbs is pictured in the workshop of Sydney’s Doll Hospital, July 12, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A plastic bag covers the face of a doll that has been brought for repair at Sydney’s Doll Hospital for repair, June 28, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Customers Sue and Allan Paviour are pictured with their teddy bear that had been repaired as they collect it at Sydney’s Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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