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