Monday, November 3, 2008

Marie Antoinette, c. 1890s

Here we reach further back in time to continue our political theme. McLaughlin Coffee issued The Queens, an eight-doll series featuring Martha Washington, Isabella of Spain, Mary Queen of Scots, Crown Princess of Sweden, Marguerite of Italy, Czarina of Russia, Elizabeth of England and Marie Antoinette of France, somber with roped hands. Each set had a doll, a costume, some with crown and a piece of furniture. Reverse of the doll shows line drawing of the furniture and instructions for assembly.

All of this information is taken from America's Early Advertising Paper Dolls by Lagretta Metzger Bajorek (Schiffer, 1999). The book is amply illustrated, and shows Marie Antoinette's voluminous ruby red gown in two pieces (the paper doll was actually meant to be folded into a sitting position), and a sideboard, also meant to be folded for a 3-D effect.

I can't think of another paper doll that has such a dramatic transformation with the removal of a costume. One can only imagine how children played with this doll--perhaps drawing their own gallows?


  1. I'm having a ball paging through your blog! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful paper dolls.

  2. That is so gruesome! I can't imagine giving that to a child!