Archive for the "Paper Dolls" Category

If you grew up in the 1950’s, you certainly remember the Lennon Sisters from “The Lawrence Welk Show” The group debuted on the show on Christmas Eve of 1955, after Larry Welk, Lawrence’s son and a classmate of the sisters, brought the group to sing for his father who was sick in bed. Welk immediately signed the girls to be part of his show!

This set of paper dolls is one of the many celebrity sets produced in the 1950s. My mother had this set, along with Marge and Gower Champion.

Young girls must’ve had a lot of fun creating their own “Lennon Sisters” adventures with these dolls in anticipation for the next show!

This set is currently available for sale in my Ruby Lane store! Click here to purchase!

The “Dionne Quintuplets,” five adorable dark-haired, dark-eyed babies, were born in 1934 to a poor family outside of Ontario, Canada. Since they were the first recorded set of quintuplets in history to survive birth and infancy, they instantly became worldwide sensations – capturing the hearts and imaginations of the masses. The Canadian government intervened and took custody of the babies when they were four months old, finding the natural parents unfit guardians due largely to their poverty. The baby girls were moved across the street to a newly-built nursery with full-time doctors and nurses. Soon after, the quintuplets became a marketing sensation, endorsing everything from Quaker Oats and Palmolive to automobiles and typewriters. Madame Alexander made a set of composition dolls in the girls’ likenesses and numerous paper doll sets were made of the quints.

This is a extremely rare store display dating from about 1937 and advertising the Dionne Palmolive Paper Doll book premium. A patron needed to send in three proofs of purchase to the Palmolive company to receive the book for free. The paper doll book is one of the more common books produced in the 1930s and is a staple in most paper doll collections!

If you want to read more about the Dionne Quintuplets, I’d recommend the book, “We Were Five,” a memoir written by the four surving quintuplets in the 1960s. I must warn you, their story turned out to be quite heartbreaking.

This extremely rare piece of memorabilia is currently for sale on EBay.  What a great addition to a paper doll collection or Dionne collection!  Check out the link at the top of the page to my auctions!

As a silent film star and paper doll enthusiast, this is *my* kind of collectible! 

A large (15″) and gorgeous paper doll of the film star, Marguerite Clark ,with two stunning outfits from her films!  This doll is from a series by the illustrator Percy Reeves called “Jumbo Movy Dolls,” which also included dolls of  the actresses Mary Pickford, Lila Lee, and Mary Miles Minter.  In addition to this set, Reeves made smaller-sized sets of famous actors and actresses of the era – including Charlie Chaplin and Norma Talmadge, among many others.

I find this sort of toy especially interesting as it must’ve appealed to both children and adults in the 1920’s.  I’m sure sets of this doll were sold to grown women who were fans of Marguerite Clark. The actress had quite an interesting and prolific career.  The information at the bottom of the page is from the website Golden Silents.

If you’re interested in purchasing this beautiful doll, she is currently for sale on EBay.  Check out the link at the top of the page to my auctions for details!

One of the pioneering actresses of the silent screen, beautiful Marguerite Clark was born in Avondale, Ohio on February 22nd, 1883, and raised on a farm. At age twelve she was sent away to a Catholic school in Cincinnati, but left at age sixteen to pursue her love of the stage. She was successful almost immediately because of her purity, grace and charm, qualities which impressed the movie and theater audiences of the time (unlike today).

Marguerite was soon appearing in Broadway shows, including a starring role opposite John Barrymore in the play “Anatol.”

From Broadway to the fledgling movie industry she went, signing up with Famous Players Lasky, and appearing in her first film “Wildflower” in 1914. In 1916 she starred in the first film version of “Snow White”, which so impressed a young Walt Disney that he made his first feature film based on the story and Marguerite’s performance. Other films of note for Marguerite were the dual roles of the Prince and Tom in “The Prince and the Pauper” (1915), Little Eva in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1918) and Lovey Mary in “Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch” (1919). Because of her youthful appearance, Marguerite was playing childlike girl roles even into her thirties, as was Pickford.

In 1918 Marguerite married Harry Palmerson Williams, a marriage which lasted until Harry’s death in 1936. By 1921 Marguerite was becoming tired of acting and wanted nothing more than to retire on a farm that she owned in New Orleans. Apparently the little girl raised on a farm in Ohio never gave up her love for the land. So at the height of her popularity and career, Marguerite left acting altogether for the peace and serenity of country life. She died of pneumonia on September 25th, 1940.

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!

This paper doll book is currently listed for sale on EBay.  Check out the link at the top of this page to my auctions to bid!

Another short post today!  Another hectic week!  This Easter card, dating from about 1928, was just too cute not to share though!  The doll fits into slots in the cover of the card and her clothes are in a cellophane envelope inside.  I love the card’s stunning, bright colors!  Hopefully we will soon see more of these vibrant colors outside in the form of flowers.  It has been so dreary and grey in Massachusetts!  Spring, please come soon!

If you are interested in purchasing this rare card, check out my auctions at the link at the top of the page.  It is ending tomorrow evening!  Enjoy!