Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free with a pair of shoes, 1880s

A.R. Hougendobler was a merchant of boots and shoes, according to the 1880 census. He lived in Columbia, Lancaster, Penn. with his wife Maggie and 9 children -- six daughters and three sons. His daughters no doubt had a full set of these paper dolls.

I won't be far from the old Hougendobler homestead this weekend. Jayne Keller's annual Morgantown luncheon is always a treat. You'll find these paper dolls on Carol Carey's sales table.

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