Saturday, December 3, 2016

Peter Pig by Bette Wells, 1983

The late Bette Wells was one of my favorite artists. This is her Fern Bisel Peat-inspired "Peter Pig."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Chic Young's Blondie, Nov. 1959

No paper doll inside, but the cover is priceless! Found at my local comic book store for $6.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Remembering Garth Lax

Garth Lax passed away Oct. 3, a tremendous loss to the paper doll community. Our thoughts are with his beloved Diana.

I loved getting Garth's email blasts about the convention host city each year -- his enthusiasm shone through every missive. And the competition! Not only did he organize it most years, he and Diana always had the most marvelous antique paper dolls on display; they won many blue ribbons over the years. I learned so much from their collections. Mostly, I will miss his friendship, his smiling face and that wonderfully resonant voice of his.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Joe paper doll by Elaine Ends

Here's one of the paper dolls in the Nov. 1945 issue of Children's PlayMate. His twin sister was torn out, unfortunately!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Children's PlayMate, Nov. 1945

There was a lot going on in November 1945. 

World War II had come to an end, and veterans were returning home. 

People were concerned about  jobs, and there was a housing shortage, too. What would the future bring? No one knew. 

And yet, it all worked out in the end.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ginger and Beauregard paper doll by Margaret Menamin

This 1989 paper doll by Margaret Menamin was a birthday gift for Carol Carey. The doll appears to be an illustration for an advertisement, or perhaps a short story in a magazine. Menamin's imagination took off from there to create her wardrobe.