Monday, December 21, 2020

Greetings and all good wishes


I first posted this postcard about 12 years ago, when I first started this blog.
It's a favorite. I've lightened it up a bit.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Best Thanksgiving Wishes

Sparkles were added to outline the illustration, and the line went astray here and there. Still you have Pilgrims, turkeys and the Mayflower! And the clock and corn are sweet additions. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Swiss Costumes paper doll

One of my large size paper doll sheets. Could be from a convention, a Paula Hill party or a flea market find...The colors are wonderfully vivid. Circa 1940s or 1950s? Your guess is as good as mine (although I bet someone out there knows exactly!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day

One of the souvenirs created by Barbara Barnett for the 2012 Paper Doll Convention in Dayton, Ohio.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Mary Hartline

Mary Hartline and Super Circus, the show that made her a star, were a few years before my time.
Super Circus ran from 1949 to 1955. This paper doll was a Kellogg's cereal promotion. I wonder how many boxtops kids had to send in? It's a static cling doll, so no tabs on the outfit, just rub the outfit on the doll. The cling is still there.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Delineator, November 1933

You can find more images from a variety of women's magazines at The Gender and Women's Studies Collection at the University of Wisconsin Digital Library.


Arlene's Halloween Frocks


Carol Carey reminded me today that Halloween was Arlene Del Fava's favorite holiday. 
Carol made these Halloween frocks for an Arlene Del Fava paper doll created by Mary Sienkiwicz for our NYC/NJ paper doll group in 2003. 
Arlene, who we lost in 2020, told me once that she was a 20th-century girl. 
I know exactly what she meant.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Margery Schaffer

Margery and me at the 2012 Paper Doll Convention in Dayton, OH.

We'll miss Marlendy. The last post on Marge8's Blog was posted by her grandson Korey.

Hello readers,

My name is Korey and I am Margery’s grandson (perhaps you’ve read about me!). I know that Margery hasn’t posted to this blog in over six years, but I do know it still gets traffic and comments from time to time. I wanted to let you all know that Margery passed away this week after a long battle with dementia and other various illnesses. She was 89 years young.

Paperdolls were my grandmother’s passion. From the time she was a little girl into her old age she had always been fascinated by the artwork and fashion that paper doll creation and collection provided. As you have witnessed through this blog, she had a massive collection. Sharing it with you all had been a source of pride and joy for her. She appreciated that her hobby could bring enjoyment to, not only herself, but to others all over the world as well. As such, I am going to leave this blog active (with comments disabled) in the hopes that many more people will discover her paper dolls and find as much enjoyment in them as she did. Thank you all for bringing a small sliver of happiness into Margery’s life.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Votes for Women, McLoughlin Bros., ca. 1915


Women won the right to vote 100 years ago.

From the American Antiquarian Society, where this image can be found:

McLoughlin Brothers printed papers dolls from its earliest days in the 1850s. This sheet of uncut paper dolls and outfits, including a suffragette costume with a Votes for Women placard, dates from the 1910s and shows both the continuity of McLoughlin’s production, and its efforts to adapt its products to current sociopolitical issues and trends.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Uncle Bill, the Traveling Salesman


This has to be one of the creepiest paper dolls I've ever seen, but maybe that's because of the wink-wink reputation of traveling salesmen, you know, the farmer's daughter and all that. Uncle Bill looks like he has a few stories to share. The tail in the upper left hand corner must belong to an adjacent comic strip. That old coat and sweater betrays another life...or maybe I've been watching too much film noir lately.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Marilyn Henry

Marilyn was an exceptional editor and artist. Here she is at the 2013 convention in Los Angeles, with her Tom Selleck portrait. 

 Here is the Facebook post from Jenny on Sept. 13:

We lost our Marilyn Henry today. Less than two months ago she was diagnosed with advanced cancer and spent nearly a month in a nursing home. Last week she returned home on hospice and passed away gently, her two sons at her side. Marilyn led a wonderfully unique, creative, friend-filled life. She enriched our lives with her art, her magazine, her guidance, and her enthusiasm for classic movies and paper dolls. I'm grateful for our 23 years together as business partners, dear friends and adopted family. Her beloved Paperdoll Review magazine will go on, and I encourage you to share your thoughts and memories, photos and favorite paper dolls for our tribute to Marilyn in our next issue. Email me directly at

Roger Kailerton by Jimmy Murphy


"Chubby Little Roger Kailerton," August 4, 1935.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Enter Laughing, 1963

Alan Arkin with Vivian Blaine in the Broadway play by Carl Reiner.  
The movie version aired yesterday on TCM.

Love this way of "spreading the word" long before social media.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

At the Beach paper dolls

A lovely folder with two paper dolls, issued by the Grand Floridian Beach Resort at Walt Disney World in 1988.  The art is unsigned, but it is reminiscent of Tom Tierney and Theresa Borelli.