Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York Herald paper house, 1905

It took me awhile to figure out what I was looking at. At first all I could see were frayed newspaper rectangles with illustrations of a house. But the reverse held some clues. This is copyright 1905, New York Herald. And all the furniture you see here has been glued on to an empty room, based on a floor plan provided by the newspaper. 

All the pots and pans, the tin of salt, the rolling pin and even the cat has been glued into place!

Love the taut sheet on the bed and the window seat...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

More from Simplicity, 1955

What great style! As far as I'm concerned everything--from hairstyle and glasses to outfit and handbag-- still works today.


When New York City really had a Garment District...

Sweet mother-daughter many paper doll books from this era also had mother and daughter matching outfits?

Sweet ballerinas

And of course... a paper doll!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hallmark gift wrap, ca. 1961

One of my finds this summer at Unshredded Nostalgia in Barnegat, NJ. The owner bought a huge trove from a paper doll collector. I'm not sure who that was, other than someone who lived in South Jersey. 

There was a note, dated 1988, inscribed on the cardboard behind the gift wrap:

"Gift wrap -- given by Suzanne Jaggers. This paper was the gift wrap on a birthday gift to Donna Jaggers, Suzanne's daughter. It was approximately 27 years ago (1961)."

The note was signed by Pat Batchelder.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Illustration Magazine

Issue #53 includes articles about artist Mel Odom and Ellen Clapsaddle, the legendary artist of the postcard's golden age. 

Richly illustrated throughout.