Saturday, December 31, 2022

Her Royal Spyness paper doll by Pat O'Rourke

What better way to mark New Year's Eve than with a Pat O'Rourke paper doll? Pat loved paper dolls, couture and glitter. 

We lost Pat this year, but her energy and enthusiasm are remembered fondly.

I probably bought this paper doll at the 2019 convention that Pat organized in Kansas City, MO, with the theme of "Mystery, Murder & Mayhem."

Pat loved a good mystery. "Her Royal Spyness" is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. She is the featured character in a series of mysteries by Rhys Bowen.  Click here to read more about the series and author.


Sunday, December 25, 2022

A Joyous Christmas and a glad New Year, 1908

"Loving wishes for a bright and happy Xmas and a prosperous New Year"

To: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thomas
c/o Mrs. E. Leschbov
346 E. 58th St.
New York City, N.Y.

From: Ecuelie and Albert 


Saturday, December 24, 2022

Cinderella Stamps and Sister's Cutout, 1932

A Cinderella stamp is something that looks like a stamp but is not issued by the U.S. Post Office or any other postal service and has no monetary value for mailing. It's usually issued by a nonprofit organization for fundraising purposes and to raise awareness about an issue. These 1932 Cinderella stamps have the logo of the American Lung Association.

Here is the stamp as featured in Sister's Cutout:

Friday, December 23, 2022

Your Christmas, 1916

"May it be so bright and gay

Its happiness will last

for many a day"

Posted Dec. 22, 1916
To: Mrs Chas Wheeler of Taft, Calif.
From: Mr and Mrs McDonald of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Christmas Greetings Paper Doll Card, ca. 1930s

Jane and Betty and their dog Snowball

The dolls have heads that are inserted into the costume, similar to paper dolls from an earlier era. 
(I'm thinking of paper dolls I've seen from the late 19th-century, including advertising paper dolls.

I love the little bits of doggerel verse on the back of the dolls and their dresses and hats.


Monday, December 19, 2022

Philadelphia Paper Doll Luncheon, May 26-27, 2023

Save the Dates!
Friday, May 26--Saturday, May 27, 2023

We've added a day to the Morgantown Paper Doll Luncheon and moved it to the Embassy Suites at the Philadelphia Airport. 

We hope you'll join us for Programs and Show-and-Share on Friday, and the Luncheon/Salesroom/Raffles/Freebies on Saturday.

Look for a postcard with more details in January!*

Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2023!

Valerie Keller
Linda Ocasio

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Santa's Punch Outs, ca. 1960

UPDATED with all pages of the book!

"The Night Before Christmas Fun," a six-page punch-out book of activities 
published circa1960 by Saalfield/Artcraft.

These stencils make up the centerfold of the book.

 back cover of book


Monday, December 5, 2022

A Family Theater: Amahl and the Night Visitors, 1956

This is one of seven pages that ran in the December 1956 issue of Woman's Home Companion, depicting scenes from the Gian-Carlo Menotti opera.  

According to wikipediaAmahl and the Night Visitors was the first opera specifically composed for television and first aired on NBC in 1951 as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Menotti had trouble settling on a subject for the opera, but took his inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's The Adoration of the Magi hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Here is the back of the page, identifying the characters in the opera.


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Theresa Borelli

Borelli is one of my favorite paper doll artists; I don't have many things by her in my collection, but this one is a treasure: the 2004 Martha Pullen calendar.