Friday, December 17, 2021

Help Mr. Zip with the Christmas Mail, 1964


From Jack and Jill, December 1964

Fellowship with greetings true ca. 1920s


From every one beneath our roof

We send this hearty, happy proof,

Of fellowship, with greetings true,

From all of us to all of you.

American Colortype Company ca. 1920s

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Queensboro Bridge Plaza, Long Island City, NY ca. 1913

I still enjoy finding postcards with streetcar scenes, and even more so when they are in New York City. Long Island City holds a special place in memory for me. I worked there once, and for a time lived in nearby Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

I've never seen this brand or logo before: L&V, Famous Throughout The World. Published by Bergman and Pinkus, Astoria, Long Island (actually, Queens, and Astoria is right next door to L.I.C.) Printed in United States. At first I thought the smudged date was 1919; but the last "9" began to look like a "3."

Dear Jo: Here I am at home, arrived yesterday. Feel fine but am still weak and must take care, of course. Love to all, Teddy.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Quacky Doodles and Danny Daddles, 1916-1918, Schoenhut

Postcard photograph by Jackson Goff, copyright Pelican Publishing. The book is by Rose Strong Hubbell with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy fame. Although P.F. Volland is credited on the back of the postcard, that company is apparently the publisher of the book; Schoenhut is the toymaker consistently cited as the creator of the Quacky family of wood toys.

A Theriaults auction description for a complete set of six wooden ducks: 

Schoenhut, inspired by published works by P.F. Volland illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, circa 1920; included is an early advertisement for the books and the ducks which notes that they "never lose their good humor".

The ducks went for $1,400.

The book itself is hard to find, and costly. But a reprint was issued a few years ago. Here is an image of the back cover, which describes the charm of the Quacky Doodles and Danny Daddles storybook characters:

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Audrey Ann by Mary Engelbreit 2001

From the newsletter, "Leading the Artful Life," Fall 2001. This was a spin-off of the Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazine. The Home Companion and the Artful Life celebrated crafts, recipes, artists and its readers. I loved peaking into the artist studios featured in the magazine. And the 16-page newsletter welcomed essays by its readers. Although the magazine and newsletter ceased publishing more than 10 years ago, Mary Engelbreit continues to produce many products in her lovely, whimsical style. You can see more of what she's up to at her website.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Black Cat Book, 1905


From "The Black Cat Book" by Walter Copeland
Illustrations by Charles Robinson

(Postcard published by Darling & Company)

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Scissors Bird Paper Dolls, ca. 1943

This is by Stephens Publishing, with no date listed, and none found in my Mary Young reference books. I'm guessing 1943, based on the fashions as well as the pulpy, foxed paper inside. WWII rationing of paper and fabric would still be in effect. Clothes are simple, daytime hemlines hovering around the knee.


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Jane Withers by Marilyn Henry


A souvenir booklet from the 2005 Paper Doll Convention featured this portrait of Jane Withers by Marilyn Henry. The California events--luncheons and conventions--were star-studded events, masterfully organized by Gene Maiden and Deanna Williams.  

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Piper Laurie, 1953, Merrill


This lovely paper doll of the actress Piper Laurie reminds me of why Merrill paper dolls are so collectible. It's a wonderful likeness of the star, the clothes are beautiful and colorful. This 1953 set contains 3 dolls, all 12 inches tall--what a treat for small hands to dress up.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Latest Fashion

Cleveland, June 27, 1910

I was thinking you might not have any of these in your collection of postal cards that is the reason I send you this. Thank you for the one you sent me. My best regards and good wishes to both of you.

This one is no longer in my collection. I sent it to the writer who wrote this book; pick it up and you'll see why.

Also, hats will be covered in an upcoming issue of Paperdoll Review. Why not subscribe to make sure you don't miss it?


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day!


I love everything about this card! I hope it brings a smile to your face, too.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theme Party, ca. 2017


The UCB was a favorite destination in the Before Times, and I'm sad that it didn't survive the pandemic. It was a cheap comedy date!  I found this advertising trade card at the theater one night, about four years ago, and was excited to see the paper doll motif, of course, even though none of the outfits were drawn to fit the actual dolls. It's still cute.