No markings on this delightful card -- bought from Patti Fertel's sales table at Morgantown (I think).
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Garth Lax passed away Oct. 3, a tremendous loss to the paper doll community. Our thoughts are with his beloved Diana.
I loved getting Garth's email blasts about the convention host city each year -- his enthusiasm shone through every missive. And the competition! Not only did he organize it most years, he and Diana always had the most marvelous antique paper dolls on display; they won many blue ribbons over the years. I learned so much from their collections. Mostly, I will miss his friendship, his smiling face and that wonderfully resonant voice of his.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
There was a lot going on in November 1945.
World War II had come to an end, and veterans were returning home.
People were concerned about jobs, and there was a housing shortage, too. What would the future bring? No one knew.
And yet, it all worked out in the end.
Monday, October 31, 2016
This 1989 paper doll by Margaret Menamin was a birthday gift for Carol Carey. The doll appears to be an illustration for an advertisement, or perhaps a short story in a magazine. Menamin's imagination took off from there to create her wardrobe.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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...
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
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?
And of course... a paper doll!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
One of my finds this summer at Unshredded Nostalgia in Barnegat, NJ. The owner bought a huge trove from a paper doll collector. I'm not sure who that was, other than someone who lived in South Jersey.
There was a note, dated 1988, inscribed on the cardboard behind the gift wrap:
"Gift wrap -- given by Suzanne Jaggers. This paper was the gift wrap on a birthday gift to Donna Jaggers, Suzanne's daughter. It was approximately 27 years ago (1961)."
The note was signed by Pat Batchelder.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Little did I know when I first posted Terri from the 1965 Tini Mods set by Whitman seven years ago that I would be co-hosting another convention -- with a 1960s theme! This time next year we'll be in Philadelphia, greeting old friends and meeting new ones. I hope you'll join us!
This set has fuzzy flocking, which is really neat, and the colors are quite vibrant. Remember LPs?
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
This advertising paper doll not only gives you the price of the bicycle, it advises women on the appropriate outfit to wear when riding, even naming the designer. The little hat evoking the helmet of the Greek god Hermes is a nice touch!
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Anne Donze's blog is a must read for those who missed this year's convention -- and even for those of us who were there, she caught things you might have missed.
(Next time I visit my sister in Phoenix, I'll be sure to check out the dollhouse rooms at the museum.)
Thank you, Anne!
Click here: The Phoenix Paper Doll Convention Blog.