Archive for the "Paper Dolls" Category

This set of The Ranch Family paper dolls was published by the Merrill company in 1957.  Merrill was founded by Marion Merrill in 1934 and published over 160 paper doll books from the 1930’s to the 1960’s!  The company published a number of Western-inspired paper doll books in the 1950’s and this is just one example.

It looks like the family in the previous post took inspiration for their costumes directly from this book!  The brightly-colored Western clothes are so fun and I love that the set contains horses to play with! 

I have included a picture of myself in a thrift store in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where I bought my first pair of cowboy boots!  Yippee Ki Yay!


I remember how awful it was to be sick as a child. A card like this, with a fun paper doll to cut out and play with, certainly would make a sick girl’s day a lot brighter!

This paper doll card dates from the 1950’s and is from a boxed set of “Toy Cards.” I love the doll’s raincoat!

This card is currently listed on EBay. Check out the link to my auctions at the top of the page to bid!

I’m hoping to get into a better blogging pattern again. I apologize to my regular readers for my long absence!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday!  I’ve had a whirlwind couple weeks.  I traveled to Long Island to help with a good friend’s surprise engagement, returned to Massachusetts, and then traveled to Pennsylvania for four days.  I’m back home in Massachusetts now with my Siamese cat sitting on my lap as I type.

This framed articulated scrap is one of the treasures I found when I was antiquing in Pennsylvania.  She dates from about 1900 and has been dressed in a gorgeous full white skirt and pink bows.  I’m not sure if her dressing dates from the Victorian era or later.

Starting in the 1880’s the Dennison Company, based in Framingham, MA, produced paper doll sets that included printed and colored crepe paper to make homemade clothes.  The art of making clothing for paper dolls skyrocketed and popularity after this.

If you would like to purchase this beautiful framed doll, visit the link to my auctions at the top of the page!  She will be listed for sale this week!

I was intrigued by this set of Elsie Dinsmore paper dolls when I spotted it on an online British antique store! It is not your average paper doll set but was used to advertise actual dresses for sale at a General Store in Belgrade, Montana. The back of each of the paper doll dresses specifies the style number of the dress that could be purchased.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Elsie Dinsmore, she is a fictional character created by Martha Finley and whose story was told through a series of books written between 1867 and 1905. In the beginning of the series, Elsie is living with her wealthy paternal grandfather because her mother died during childbirth. She encounters many trials and tribulations along her journey but her strong faith in God carries her through. The series encompasses her whole life – beginning when she’s a child and following her through adulthood.

I found an image from a 1916 newspaper that advertises this set of paper dolls at a Missouri store called “Rogers Dry Goods.” It seems like these paper dolls, and the dresses they advertised, were carried in a number of stores across the country.

I love the small details of this set! One dress includes a Kewpie Doll and another, a Teddy Bear. I wish that today’s print advertising was as irresistibly charming!

Two sets of adorable paper dolls by the renowned artist, Betty Campbell.  Campbell was known for her illustrations of angelic-looking children with rosy faces and she designed many paper doll sets in the first half of the 20th century.

The sets are an interesting illustration of how different copyrights laws were 80 or so years ago.  The boxed set is by Milton Bradley and the book set is by McLoughlin.  I believe that the Milton Bradley set is from the 1940s while the McLoughlin set dates from a decade earlier.  I find it fascinating that the same illustrations were used for both sets.  If anyone has any further information about this, please contact me!

The boxed set is currently for sale on EBay!  Please click on my auctions link at the top of the page!