Sunday, September 21, 2014

Paper Doll Studio Issue 109

What a thrill to see the artwork of Claudine Hellmuth gracing the cover of the latest issue of Paper Doll Studio. As the featured guest artist, she also has an article -- richly illustrated -- about her life and work.

Lots of creative thinking on the housewife theme. In addition to the members' artwork, the issue has David Wolfe on why we loved Lucille Ball and Yvonne Fullingim on aprons, illustrated with one of her own original paper dolls. Linda Hoerner has an adorable full page paper doll on the inside cover, which sums up my feelings about the duties of a housewife.

Also: Rudy Miller gives the lowdown on a not-to-be missed exhibit of Downton Abbey costumes at the Winterthur Museum. Sharry O'Hara brings her sparkle and enthusiasm to a recounting of the 2014 convention -- it's wonderful to have someone capture the whirlwind of events with such brio!  

Last but not least: Memories of Tom Tierney by artists who knew him well and by people who never met him, but felt they knew him, too. What a remarkable man he was, and how many lives he touched with his art, humor and graciousness.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hawaii cruise ad, 1934

From the Oct. 1934 Vanity Fair issue.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vanity Fair, Oct. 1934

A find from the Westwood, N.J. Antiques and Craft Fair yesterday.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Angel Family Triplets by Penny Ross

 Lottie,  Marilynn and Mary, c. 1922. Missing three hats.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paperdoll Review Issue 59

I have to admit I felt a pang of guilt when I saw this cover -- Marilyn Henry asked me a while ago to see what I could find about the illustrators Corinne and Bill Bailey, and I found very little and ran out of time to dig further. The cover art is by Corinne Bailey. If anyone has a lead on this artistic couple, please let me know!

Marilyn does a lot of the heavy lifting in this issue, and does it all with aplomb: articles on the hard-to-find Newspaper Dressograph Paper Dolls of movie stars in the 1930s; paper dolls and toys of farm life; paper dolls with an ocean liner theme; and famous movie couples. Tamara Gerard has an excellent roundup of sibling paper dolls. 

Be sure to check out the What's New feature: Norma Lu Meehan has a wonderful, limited edition paper doll of artist Jim Howard: "He's Simply Jim Dandy." I couldn't agree more, and promptly ordered the book:

Also in this issue:

--Louise Leek gives us a summary of the Northern Ohio Paper Doll party, and Marie Roose writes up the 2014 convention -- her first -- and does an excellent job describing the fun party/reunion that Pat O'Rourke organized over four days. 

--A lovely remembrance of Tom Tierney by Bruce Patrick Jones. Elaine Price does the honors for her old friend Letty Schwarz (without the t). Elaine and Letty had a playful competition and some of the most precious antique handmade paper dolls I've ever seen. 

A bittersweet note: Faye Phillips, who died Aug. 18, had a last letter published in this issue. Faye interviewed Martha Davis in Paperdoll Review 58, about Martha's paper dolls with dresses made from Dennison's crepe paper. I'll miss Faye's chatty updates on Facebook, and I'm grateful that I got to meet this lovely lady at paper doll conventions.

Karen Hunter's excellent Tracy- Hepburn paper doll graces the back cover (extra clothing on the inside back cover).

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