Saturday, May 11, 2019

Valkyrie! by Trina Robbins

Mystery, Murder and Mayhem! This paper doll by Trina Robbins suggests she is capable of all three. Valkyrie could be the femme fatale in film noir, the secret agent in a World War II movie or the avenging angel in a dystopian novel. The great Trina Robbins has given her an authentic 1940s wardrobe, of course. This appears on the back cover of the AirBoy comic book, No. 29, published by Eclipse Comics in September 1987.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Papercut Puppets by Jennifer Linton

The articulated paper dolls by Jennifer Linton are absolutely enchanting in their strangeness. 
In addition to her Etsy shop
check out these videos of Jennifer discussing her art, and the animation that brings it to life:

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Jack and Jill "Scrappies" paper dolls, April 1944

I was going through my collection of children's magazines last week, and came across this April 1944 issue of Jack and Jill with a story by Maud Hart Lovelace--the beloved author of the Betsy, Tacy and Tib books. Lovelace's story is about a family that collects scrap metal for the war effort. One day, they find an old trolley car and dream of using it as a clubhouse, but ultimately realize their treasure has to be reported so it can be chopped up and used for scrap. Happy ending (and spoiler alert for anyone who finds another copy of this issue): the metal is removed, the rest of the trolley (wood) is painted and restored so the kids can use it as a clubhouse after all! Dad comes home on furlough, and all is well. 

Little Bobby has the last line in the story: "Clang, clang! All aboard! All aboard for the end of the war!"

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Buy Victory Bonds with Jane Arden, 1942

The Morgantown Paper Doll Luncheon is right around the corner. Have you registered yet? 
Register by April 20 at the $45 rate; after that date, it goes up to $55.
April 20th is also the deadline to get your Dress-A-Doll designs to Jayne Keller.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Laird's Bloom of Youth and White Lilac Soap

Trade card, ca. 1880s

I was introduced to this lovely card at the National Arts Club last year, during a presentation on Dangerous Beauty, all about the toxic rituals of Victorian beauty (belladonna eye shadow, arsenic complexion wafers, and a green dye for frocks that was quite deadly).

Was White Lilac Soap toxic? Hard to say; ingredients are not listed.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Janet Blair

I'm fascinated with old time stars whose names are unfamiliar to me. Janet Blair had the lead in the 1942 film, "My Sister Eileen." You can read more about her here.

This looks like it was cut out from Ripley's Believe it or Not! My friend Carol Carey copied the doll and created a little wardrobe for her in 2005. I'm always on the lookout for photos or illustrations that were not meant to be paper dolls--but fill the bill nicely.