Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Janet paper doll, ca. 1930

This lovely little doll was in at least three different Platt and Munk sets: Modern Dolls to Cut Out and Dress, Betty Ann and Her Friends, and Up-to-Date Dollies (see Mary Young's "20th Century Paper Doll Identification and Values," page 250).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rally Day paper doll, 1924

This has to be one of the cleverest paper dolls I've ever come across. 

It's an invitation to Rally Day, October 6, 1924. And it was its own mailer, with the outfit forming the back of the envelope.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York Herald paper house, 1905

It took me awhile to figure out what I was looking at. At first all I could see were frayed newspaper rectangles with illustrations of a house. But the reverse held some clues. This is copyright 1905, New York Herald. And all the furniture you see here has been glued on to an empty room, based on a floor plan provided by the newspaper. 

All the pots and pans, the tin of salt, the rolling pin and even the cat has been glued into place!

Love the taut sheet on the bed and the window seat...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

More from Simplicity, 1955

What great style! As far as I'm concerned everything--from hairstyle and glasses to outfit and handbag-- still works today.


When New York City really had a Garment District...

Sweet mother-daughter dresses...how many paper doll books from this era also had mother and daughter matching outfits?

Sweet ballerinas

And of course... a paper doll!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016