Saturday, November 21, 2015

Little Folks Magazine, Nov. 1925

The Hotel Empire is still there on West 63rd Street. Wrigley's and Uneeda are still in business, too. Not sure about Horlick's Malted Milk.

Age and foxing on the page is what the magazine looks like inside. I cleaned up the paper doll and parrot pages.

Back cover has more fun for kids.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Liberation of Paris cut-outs

From the remarkable collection of Patricia of Agence Eureka, who is in my thoughts today. 

Our beloved Samy Odin, who operates the doll museum in Paris, tells us on Facebook that he is in London. That is good to know.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

One of the first pages in my collection, and one of the few I have framed. World War I ambulance drivers and nurses. This beautiful page sought to help children understand how a medical team worked on the front lines. 

The first world war generated great poetry and art; Ernest Hemingway was an ambulance driver and his WWI experience (he was wounded and fell in love with a nurse) shaped some of his early writing: "A Farewell to Arms" and the short story "Soldier's Home" come to mind, but there are others.

During the First World War, Ernest Hemingway volunteered to serve in Italy as an ambulance driver with the American Red Cross. In June 1918, while running a mobile canteen dispensing chocolate and cigarettes for soldiers, he was wounded by Austrian mortar fire. "Then there was a flash, as when a blast-furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went red," he recalled in a letter home. 
Despite his injuries, Hemingway carried a wounded Italian soldier to safety and was injured again by machine-gun fire. For his bravery, he received the Silver Medal of Valor from the Italian government—one of the first Americans so honored.
Commenting on this experience years later in Men at War, Hemingway wrote: "When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed; not you. . . . Then when you are badly wounded the first time you lose that illusion and you know it can happen to you. After being severely wounded two weeks before my nineteenth birthday I had a bad time until I figured out that nothing could happen to me that had not happened to all men before me. Whatever I had to do men had always done. If they had done it then I could do it too and the best thing was not to worry about it."

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Paper Doll Dreams by Dame Darcy

Something spooky as Halloween night draws near.

I found this in a comic book store in Brooklyn, but you can order your own copy from Dame Darcy's etsy shop.

And you can read more about the artist here. That Strega Pez idea is pretty cool! 

The artist is now living in Savannah, Georgia.

Kitty by Charlotte Ware

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Register now for the 2016 National Paper Doll Convention in Phoenix, Arizona

I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that Oct. 31 is the discount deadline. (Plus, I get to use this dandy Dover illustration, one of my favorites.)

Do yourself a favor and put your convention registration in the mail today! All you need to register is right here.