This “Kelly Sisters” paper doll set is an example of how publishing companies recycled illustrations to cut costs and optimize profits. All of the clothing included inside is from a Saalfield Shirley Temple paper dolls set dating from 1939 but the cover of the book was changed to illustrate two sisters – Nora Kelly and Kathleen Kelly. In the image of the clothes in the gallery below, you can see Temple’s Indian costume from the film, ”Susannah of the Mounties.”
I’ve always wondered if Nora and Kathleen Kelly were real children or just fictitious characters!
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