Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bearly a Ghost

Who wouldn't want this ghost to visit tonight? By Gay Curran, 1985. It's marked #43, a limited edition, or 43 in a series of paper dolls? Let me know if you know the artist and his work.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Chanticleer Paper Doll, 1905

It was a thrill to find this paper doll in the October Paper Doll Catalog of Eclectibles (Sheryl Jaeger). The 9-inch doll comes with four outfits and three hats (it's missing one hat). Published in 1905 by the J. Ottman Litho Company. I'm digging into the story of this doll and that strange outfit...

Here is the beautiful uncut set, from the Maurine Popp collection, which sold for $646 in 2003 at a Skinner auction. As you can see, there are variant spellings: Chanticleer on the envelope, but Chantecler on the different costume cards.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Linda paper doll, Child Life Oct. 1949

Well gee, both costumes are kind of plain. 
The skirt is pretty nice, so leave what you have on and grab a mask!

Salty Sally paper doll

This is a pretty strange paper doll, found at Bowne Printers in the South Street Seaport Museum this week. I named her Salty Sally.

I love Bowne's stock of papers and postcards, but wish they had tried again with the paper doll! Oh well. I paid $15 for it, which is way too high. But I coughed it up because I love this store which has some great old printing presses--they still do specialty letter press printing jobs here. And all proceeds benefit the seaport museum and programs, including printing workshops.  OK, take my money!

Saturday, October 5, 2019


This is a small card (3.5 X 5 inches) that I found at a stationery store earlier this year. It's printed by Rossi 1931, an Italian company that produces decorative papers and other items. You can see more of their products at

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Beatrice, age 12, paper doll, ca. early 1920s

This doll was cut from a magazine, and in addition to her two magazine dresses, three outfits were carefully drawn; my favorite is the gym suit shown above. I'm guessing this is from 1920-24. "Beatrice, age 12" is written on the back of the doll in pencil.