I love scrap paper dolls dating from the Victorian era and it’s even more of a treat to find them in unused condition as this set is! This incredible pair of embossed dolls depicts women in regional German costumes holding adorable babies! A Victorian child would cut out paper for the women’s skirts, perhaps decorate it, and then glue or pin on the feet.
The dolls are marked “L & B,” which stands for Littauer & Boysen. The company was founded in 1887 in Berlin, Germany by Arnold Littauer and Franz Georg Boysen. Being one of Berlin’s big deLuxe paper manufacturers of the day, the company employed 500-600 workers during its prime and manufactured posters, calendars, post cards, and a variety of other printed items. Bought by Heinrich Kristeller and Alfred Einzig in the early 1910s, Littauer & Boysen and came under financial difficulty in the 1930’s and faced a tragic end. Since the company had a Jewish background, banks took over business and on Jan. 21, 1934, Alfred Einzig committed suicide. Heinrich Kristeller was later deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt and died on Dec. 3, 1942.
The beauty of this scrap speaks to the company’s brighter and more prosperous days. Enjoy!
If you’re interested in purchasing this lovely piece, please check the link to my EBay auctions at the top of the page as I will be listing it in the near future!