History of Paper
Copyright 1999 Judy M Johnson
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This article first appeared in "The Doll Sourcebook."
by Judy M Johnson December 2005.
A paper doll is a
two-dimensional figure drawn or printed on paper for which accompanying
clothing has also been made. It may be a figure of a person, animal or
inanimate object. The term may be extended to include similar items made of
materials other than paper, such as plastic, cloth or wood. The term also
may include three-dimensional dolls and their costumes that are made
exclusively of paper. Collectors sometimes extend their collections to
include other toys printed on paper, such as paper airplanes, cars and
trains, animals and birds, villages, furniture and so on.
It's just a flat paper
object, but it has such enormous appeal that it will provide a lifetime of
pleasure! For historians, paper dolls and their costumes provide a broad
look at cultures around the world. Film and theater buffs will enjoy the
popular figures from opera, stage, screen and even television that have
appeared as paper dolls-and many have. Paper doll royalty and political
figures provide opportunities for sleuths who love digging in odd places to
unearth their treasures. Those who love babies, children, pretty ladies,
animals or fantasy figures will find their favorite subject in paper doll
form. And what woman (or man) over thirty does not remember paper dolls as
the cheapest, yet most fascinating toy of childhood? It's memories like this
that bring many adults back to the subject as collectors seeking the sets
they played with as children.
There is nothing quite like
the feeling of digging in a box of assorted papers and suddenly finding in
one's hand an exact replica of a childhood toy. The years slip away with
lightning speed, and such a find awakens childhood with all its simplicities
and joys. If the collecting bug for paper dolls has not yet bitten you, it
just may. It can be an inexpensive pastime that requires little storage
space, or it can grow into a hobby as extensive as collecting antique dolls.
And best of all, it is an activity you can share with children of today,
teaching them manual dexterity, history, fashion and art while you have
great fun together. Once you begin collecting paper dolls, they can become
one of life's great passions.
First manufactured paper
doll: Little Fanny, produced by S&J Fuller, London, in 1810. First
American manufactured paper doll: The History and Adventures of Little
Henry, published by J. Belcher of Boston in 1812. In the 1820s, boxed paper
doll sets were popularly produced in Europe and exported to America for
First celebrity paper doll: A
doll portraying the renowned ballerina Marie Taglioni, published in the
1830s. In 1840, a boxed set was done of another ballerina, Fanny Elssler, as
well as of Queen Victoria.
These early paper dolls are
rare and priced accordingly. It is still possible to unearth paper dolls
from unexpected places, so it is imperative never to throw away old papers
without thoroughly examining them for these treasures.
Paper dolls have existed as
long as there have been paper and creative people to apply images to it.
Paper figures have been used in ritual ceremonies in Asian cultures for many
centuries. An ancient Japanese purification ceremony dating back to at least
A.D. 900 included a paper figure and a folded paper object resembling a
kimono which were put to sea in a boat. The Balinese have made shadow
puppets of leather and of paper since before Christ, although we are aware
of no evidence that they made separate costumes for these figures. Many
dolls have been made of paper in the Orient, whether folded or otherwise
constructed, but these are three-dimensional and not flat.
In France in the mid-1700s,
"pantins" were all the rage in high society and royal courts. This
jointed jumping-jack figure, a cross between puppet and paper doll, was made
to satirize nobility. (Pantin is the French word for a Dancing-Jack Puppet.)
Other cultures have had special forms of paper art, including China (Hua
Yang), Japan (Kirigami), Poland (Wycinanki), and Germany and Switzerland
(Scherenschnitte). Many more have enjoyed folk art pictorial representations
in cut paper, but these also do not have garments to fit the forms.
With the exception of the
kimono mentioned above, these paper figures do not fit our definition of
paper doll because they do not include costumes for the figures presented.
Examples of the first true paper dolls have been found in the fashion
centers of Vienna, Berlin, London and Paris from as early as the mid-1700s.
These are hand-painted figures and costumes created for the entertainment of
wealthy adults. They may have been done by a dressmaker to show current
fashions or done as satirical, sociopolitical illustrations of popular
figures of the day.
A set of rare hand-painted
figures dated late in the 1780s can be found in the Winterthur Museum of
Winterthur, Delaware. It shows coiffures and headdresses for sale at the
shop of Denis-Antoine on Rue St. Jacques, Paris. In 1791, a London
advertisement proclaimed a new invention called the "English
Doll." It was a young female figure, eight inches high, with a wardrobe
of underclothes, headdresses, corset and six complete outfits. Dolls like
these were also sold in Germany. Examples of many beautiful and extremely
rare paper dolls can be seen at the John Greene Chandler Memorial Museum in
South Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Mass-Produced Paper Dolls Pre-1900
McLoughlin Brothers, founded
in 1828, became the largest manufacturer of paper dolls in the United
States, making their dolls fairly easy to find today. They printed their
paper dolls from wood blocks engraved in the same way as metal plates. Some
of the most popular dolls, selling for five and ten cents a set, were Dottie
Dimple, Lottie Love and Jenney June. The largest producer of paper dolls and
children's books, McLoughlin Brothers was sold to Milton Bradley in 1920.
A smaller publishing company,
Peter G. Thompson, published paper dolls in the 1880s. Similar to the
McLoughlin style, some of their titles were Pansy Blossom, Jessie Jingle,
Lillie Lane, Bessie Bright and Nellie Bly, selling for eight to fifteen
cents per set. Also in the 1880s, Dennison Manufacturing Company added crepe
paper to their line, starting a trend that lasted for about forty years.
Crepe paper added dimension to the costumes of paper dolls and provided
countless hours of fun for children at home and in schools. In the 1890s,
Frederick A. Stokes and Company published several sets of paper dolls
including likenesses of European royalty and America's own Martha
From the 1870s to the 1890s,
European manufacturers produced beautifully lithographed full-color paper
dolls. They often represented royalty and famous theater personalities,
including the German Royal Family, the House of Windsor, and actresses Ellen
Terry, Lily Langtry and Lillian Russell.
Beginning in 1866, Raphael
Tuck is perhaps the best known manufacturer of antique paper dolls. The
company began "by appointment to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Fine
Art Publishers, London," and soon opened branch offices in New York and
Paris. Their first paper doll was a baby with a nursing bottle, patented in
1893. Tuck's German manufacturing facilities were destroyed by bombing in
December 1940 and all records, plates and documents were lost. Tuck dolls
are easily identified by the trademark and series name and number on the
back of each piece. A trademark style of this company is a set of paper
dolls with many costumes and interchangeable heads. Tuck also made
"regular" paper dolls. Some of their titles include Sweet Abigail,
Winsome Winnie, Bridal Party, My Lady Betty, Prince Charming, the popular
Fairy Tale series and many more. Tuck made paper dolls several years into
the twentieth century.
Among the companies
publishing paper dolls at the turn of the century and beyond was Selchow and
Righter, who printed the famous large envelope set-Teddy Bear (out of print)
reproduced by B. Shackman/Merrimack and Co. (for over 100 years, in New York
City) now of Battle Creek, Michigan. B. Shackman, with excellent color,
die-cutting and embossing, is known for its fine-quality reproductions of
dozens of antique paper dolls, making them attainable at relatively low
McLoughlin and Raphael Tuck
continued manufacturing paper dolls into the twentieth century. McLoughlin
kept making paper dolls, along with children's story and playbooks, after
its sale to Milton Bradley in 1920. Saalfield Publishing of Akron, Ohio,
began making children's books, dictionaries and bibles in 1900. Their first
paper dolls, done in 1918, were Dollies to Cut and Paint, combining
full-color pages with black-and-white, creating further play for youngsters.
In November 1859, Godey's
Lady's Book was the first known magazine to print a paper doll in black and
white followed by a page of costumes for children to color. This was the
only paper doll Godey's ever published, but it set the trend that many
women's magazines followed in years to come.
The 1900s saw an explosion of
paper dolls in many lady's and children's magazines. Lettie Lane, painted by
Sheila Young, made her entrance in Ladies' Home Journal in October 1908 and
ran until July 1915. The pages included Lettie, her friends, her family,
their servants and accompanying stories. The Lane family became well-known
and loved all across America. Ladies' Home Journal continued printing paper
dolls through 1948 by a variety of artists including Lucy Fitch Perkins and
Good Housekeeping gave us
Polly Pratt and her family and friends, also painted by Sheila Young, from
1919 to 1921. Grayce Drayton's immensely popular Dolly Dingle appeared in
Pictorial Review in March 1913, then again from 1916 to 1933, interrupted in
1926 by Peggy Pryde and friends and in 1925 and 1926 by the flappers Bonnie
and Betty Bobbs. After Dolly came the lovely Polly and Peter Perkins series
by Gertrude Kay in 1934.
Rose O'Neill coined the word
"Kewpish," meaning "cute," and created her dear little
cherubs called Kewpies, first as story pages and then as paper dolls.
Introduced in Woman's Home Companion in 1912, they enjoyed huge popularity,
remaining perhaps the most widely recognized of the antique paper dolls
today. Other paper dolls and toys followed in Woman's Home Companion
throughout the 1920s: Henry Anson Bart and his paper toys, dolls by fashion
illustrator Emma Musselman, Frances Tipton Hunter's precious children, and
Katherine Share's paper dolls.
The fashion magazine The
Delineator (by Butterick Publishing and pattern company) featured Carolyn
Chester's charming series of three-dimensional wraparound dolls in 1912 and
1913. Paper dolls accompanied by toys, theaters and stories remained a
regular feature through 1922 with interesting paper dolls and toys to
inspire patriotism during World War 1. The women's magazines also had
jointed dolls by Carolyn Chester, Catherine Hopkins and Alida Clement.
Good Housekeeping was a major
contributor of paper dolls, showcasing the work of many artists from 1909 to
the present. Sheila Young's Polly Pratt enjoyed the company of Little
Louise, Thomas Lamb's Kiddyland Movies, and "walking" dolls by
Elmer and Bertha Hader. Extension magazine, published by the Catholic Church
Extension Society, presented a series by Martha Miller of Patsy, her friends
and family from 1931 to 1935. They published other paper dolls off and on
from 1936 through 1959.
Who doesn't know Betsy
McCall, perhaps the best known magazine paper doll in America? She came
along after a long tradition of paper dolls in McCall's from 1904 to 1926,
featuring the art of Jeremiah Crowley (animals and paper toys); Margaret
Peckham, A.Z. Baker and Barbara Hale (Jack and Jill Twins); Mel Cummins
(Teeny Town); Corrine Pauli Waterall; Percy Pierce (villages); the Haders
(dolls and furniture); Norman Jacobsen (the Nipper series); and Nandor
Hanti's clever cut-and-fold McCall Family series.
A sweet-faced Betsy McCall by
Kay Morrissey debuted in 1951. Morrissey was followed by an unknown artist
in 1955, then by Ginnie Hoffman in 1958. Betsy McCall modeled fashions that
could be made with McCall's patterns while she enjoyed travels and
activities all over the United States and beyond. Betsy has come and gone
over the years from the 1960s to the 1990s with various changes in style,
from the 1970s "mod" look to a brief appearance of a new
attractive, modern Betsy by Sue Shanahan in the late 1990s.
Paper Dolls in
When paper dolls surged in
popularity as toys, manufacturers of all kinds of household goods took
advantage of their popularity by using them to promote their wares. Paper
dolls appeared in advertising, some die-cut, some as cards to cut out. A few
of the products advertised with paper dolls were Lyon's coffee, Pillsbury
flour, Baker's chocolate, Singer sewing machines, Clark's threads,
McLaughlin coffee and Hood's Sarsaparilla. These dolls were plentiful and
are still fairly easy to find today, often pasted into colorful scrapbooks.
Later, from the 1930s to the 1950s, companies put paper dolls into their
magazine advertisements to sell such goods as nail polish, underwear,
Springmaid fabrics, Quadriga Cloth, Ford Cars, Fels Naphtha and Swan soaps,
Carter's clothing for children, and more.
Chilldren's magazines were
the perfect place to present paper dolls for play and education. Golden
Magazine gave us sixty pages of paper dolls by Hilda Miloche, Neva Schultz
and L.M. Edens, many of fantasy and of ethnic style. The popular Jack and
Jill Magazine is nearly a sure thing for finding paper dolls from 1938 to
1974. Finding those issues is exciting, but sometimes disappointing as
frequently the paper doll page has been removed. Artists who created these
pages were Betsey Bates (1973); Peggy Geiszel (1940s and 1958); Tina Lee
(1938 to 1951); and Irma Wilde. Children's Playmate printed paper dolls from
1929 to 1961 of all kinds of characters including folk characters, siblings,
toys and stuffed animals.
Paper Dolls in
Paper dolls appeared in
children's activity magazines and teachers' instructional magazines such as
The Grade Teacher (1929 to 1951); Junior Instructor and Junior Home Magazine
(1919 to 1931); Normal Instructor, Primary Plans and The Instructor (1913 to
1936); and Primary Education and Popular Educator (1924, 1928 to 1929).
Auctions of household goods that belonged to retired teachers are gold mines
for these kinds of paper dolls.
Doll and Other
Doll magazines, a modern
phenomenon, have grown with the popularity of doll collecting and
doll-making. Virtually all of the doll and teddy bear periodicals printed in
the United States today frequently print paper dolls. Other publications
which occasionally print paper dolls are Better Homes and Gardens (various
craft issues), Sew Beautiful, Barbie Bazaar and American Girl. Sharp-eyed
collectors watch all kinds of periodicals for the odd paper doll which may
appear in the context of satire, advertising, illustration, fashion and so
The Boston Herald began
printing paper dolls in the 1890s. Two lady fashion dolls –one blonde,
one brunette- were issued in the paper, and others could be ordered.
Costumes in subsequent issues fit the dolls first shown. The Boston Globe
soon followed with their own unusual paper dolls to put together. In 1907
and 1908, a Teddy Bear series was published, and in 1910, a family. After
1900, the Boston Post printed a series about Little Polly and Her Paper
Playmates with the popular addition of Polly's older sister Prue, all in
full color. The Sunshine Paper Dolls series appeared in The Boston American
and The Buffalo Express in 1916.
Paper dolls enjoyed a huge
resurgence in newspapers during the Great Depression, when much
entertainment could be had for a nickel from the comics and the paper dolls
that often appeared in them. Some paper doll characters sprang directly from
the comics: the Katzenjammer Kids, Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr, Daisy Mae and
Li'l Abner, Fritzy Ritz and Jane Arden. Other newspapers had their own paper
doll features, such as Mopsy, Boots and Millie.
Comic Book Paper
Paper dolls arrived in comic
books when comics went beyond the subjects of adventure and heroes to appeal
to the female market. Big and little girls then loved comics too, and in the
1940s and 1950s, paper doll pages included with the comics made them even
more appealing. Modeling was a popular theme and a career many girls fancied
themselves attaining "someday." This theme also offered a great
excuse for dolls to wear lots of costumes. Publishers encouraged interest in
their comics and increased sales by inviting readers to send in fashion
In hundreds of comics
throughout the 1950s, one will find names of mail-in readers/designers
assigned to each costume shown. Not all issues contained paper dolls, making
the collector's search more challenging. Some of these were Patsy Walker,
the Patsy and Hedy series by Atlas Comics (1945 to 1967); Hedy DeVine of
Hollywood (Atlas Comics, early 1950s); GAY comics with Millie, Tessie,
Nellie and Hedy DeVine (Atlas, 1947 to 1952); the Millie the Model series
(Atlas, 1945 to 1973); My Girl Pearl (Atlas, 1955 to 1961); A Date with Judy
(National Periodical Publications, 1947 to 1960); Sugar and Spike (D.C.
Comics, 1957 to 197 1); Dennis the Menace (Fawcett, 1953 to the present);
and the Betty and Veronica series (Archie Comics, 1950 to the mid 1990s).
Bill Woggon's Katy
Keene and Contemporary Fashion Model Comics
Katy Keene first appeared in
Archie Comics' Suzie (1945 to 1954), Laugh (1946 to the 1990s), Pep (1940 to
the 1990s) and Wilbur (1944 to 1946). Katy Keene, originated by Bill Woggon,
is the best-loved and most well-known comic book paper doll. She appeared in
her own comics -- Katy Keene Charm, KK Annual, KK Glamour, KK Fashions, and
others (1949 to 1961).
Katy, her Sis and her
friends enjoyed a revival from 1983 to 1990 with some reprints of old Archie
Comics by Bill Woggon and new issues by artists Dan DeCarlo, Don Sherwood
and John Lucas. A charming series by Renegade Comics, featuring the art of
Bill Woggon with the aid of his protégé, Barb Rausch, was
Vicki Valentine (1985 to 1986). With only four issues of fun, finding Vicki
is a real treat for paper doll collectors. Katy enjoyed some new books in
the 1990s by Barb Rausch with the support of Bill Woggon, for Hobby House
Press. Since the late 1980s, paper doll collectors have been waiting for new
comic book paper dolls, and wishing especially for Katy Keene's return. With
enough letters to Archie Comics, maybe it can happen…but who will draw
them now with Dan DeCarlo, Barb Rausch and Bill Woggon gone?
More Comic Book Paper
There were several short-run
comic series with paper dolls. Misty (Star Comics, 1985 to 1986) was a
four-issue series of comics featuring paper dolls and the art of Trina
Robbins. Following in 1987 was another four-issue Renegade Press series --
Trina Robbins' California Girls. Paper dolls appeared now and then in odd
places like Eclipse Comics' Airboy, Fashion in Action and Portia Printz
(late 1980s), Renegade's Neil the Horse (1980 to 1986), and Marvel Age #54
(1987), the "Official Marvel News Magazine."
The Golden Age of
The 1930s through the 1950s
can perhaps claim the title "Golden Age of Paper Dolls," as their
popularity during those years has never been equaled. During the Great
Depression, paper toys could be afforded by all. Despite the product
shortages of World War 11, paper dolls were still manufactured, though on
lesser-quality papers. Parents of the 1950s revered the image of little
girls lovingly playing with paper dolls, just as their mothers and
grandmothers had before them.
We cannot discuss paper dolls
of this era without introducing artist Queen Holden, who began her career
with Whitman Publishing. She painted dear babies, winsome children, families
and even movie stars from 1929 to 1950. Some of her best-loved paper dolls
today are Baby Patsy, Judy Garland, Baby Shower, Hair-do Dolls, Carolyn Lee,
Snow White and the Dionne Quints. She created more of her sweet-faced
children for Samuel Lowe Publishing from 1962 to 1971. Some believe that the
Barbie doll was inspired by Queen's glamour dolls of the early 1940s. Queen
Holden was and is dearly loved by her fans for her unforgettable paper
dolls. When old copies of her work can be discovered, it is a joyful find.
Today, B. Shackman is the authorized publisher of all her works, reprinting
as many of her designs as they can find and keeping her collectors very
Queen Holden's daughter,
Kathy Lawrence, often the model for her mother's lovely paper dolls, is a
fine artist in her own right today, perhaps surpassing her mother's work in
quality (but not in popularity, as the heyday of paper dolls had passed by
the time she became a paper doll artist). Kathy's first published paper
doll, done for Whitman, was Tiny Tot Shop, 1969, similar to her mother's
Tots Toggery of the 1940s, followed by her darling Beth Ann, 1970. We can
find Kathy's exquisite work today in the American Greetings card racks,
showing her winsome children, adorable babes and cute animals. Kathy created
paper dolls and other products for B. Shackman from 1980 to 1985, so the
tradition goes on.
The 1940s and 1950s saw great
popularity of manufactured paper dolls by many fine artists. The Saalfield
Publishing Company had Maybell Mercer, Betty Bell, Ann Kovach and Jean Morse
in the 1930s and 1940s, Mary Knight in the 1950s, and Irene Geiger in the
1970s. Fern Bisel Peat created many charming books from 1931 to 1937. Ruth
Newton's animals in Costumes are memorable. Rose O'Neill's dear Scootles and
Kewpie made a delightful book in 1936. George and Nan Pollard painted
celebrity dolls in the 1950s and 1960s for Saalfield as well as for Samuel
Lowe. Their lifelike art extended to other subjects as well. Louise Rumely
is remembered for her precious baby paper dolls in the early 1960s, as well
for her cherub-filled Swan Soap ads of the 1940s and 1950s. Ethel Hays Simms
is known for her Raggedy Ann and Andy series from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Other artists can be studied in Mary Young's Paper Dolls and Their Artists,
books I and II.
A few of the popular artists
of the Samuel Lowe Company are Merily Sharpe, who has been compared to Queen
Holden in style; Pelagie Doane, who was also admired as a children's book
illustrator; and the Henderson sisters, Doris and Marion, who did large
groups of children in play settings. Fern Bisel Peat also painted several
books for this company in the 1940s, as did Queen Holden in the 1960s.
Jeanne Voelz did celebrity dolls for Lowe and for Saalfield, as well as the
irresistible Cuddles and Rags and other cute characters.
Besides the famed Queen
Holden, in the 1940s and 1950s Whitman also published the works of Hilda
Miloche, whose style is immediately recognized by collectors. (Some of her
paper dolls appeared in paper doll story books of the popular Little Golden
Books). Avis Mac (1930s) and Judy Stang (early 1970s) did sweet children
dolls. Ruth Newton also did her cute animals for Whitman, and Neva Shultz
was prolific in the 1960s, doing twenty-eight books. See Mary Young's books
for more information on the Whitman artists.
Miriam Pendleton Kimbal
created books filled with children, as well as the highly-sought-after Gone
With the Wind (1940), which can sell for more than $400 today. Merrill
enjoyed the popularity of Louise Rumely's sweet babes, including her Angel
Babies. Florence Salter's animals are often confused with Ruth Newton's, as
both artists dressed puppies and kittens in paper-doll style. E.A. Voss,
noted for her children's book illustrations, did a few paper dolls for
Merrill, as did the popular magazine illustrator Maud Tousy Fangel.
Thanks to Western Publishing
of Racine, Wisconsin, many of Disney's characters became paper dolls. In
addition, Doris Lane Butler did young lady dolls (1940s), and Rachel Taft
Dixon was loved for her storybook, historical, and folk dolls (1930s). Ethel
Bonney Taylor gave us Blondie (1941) as a paper doll. During the 1990s
Western Publishing brought us our favorite Disney characters as paper dolls,
including Snow White, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast
and others. These books are still fairly easy to find on eBay and via
secondary market sellers.
Celebrities and movie stars
were very popular with all the major publishers. It was much simpler to
portray stars in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, when rights were generally not
secured. Studios often "owned" movie stars and their images, and
the stars themselves never saw any income from their sale as paper dolls.
With images of beloved stars and sports heroes protected today by lawyers
and watchdogs all over the world, a publisher must pay for the rights to
reproduce our favorite stars as paper dolls. We are fortunate that the
images of royalty and politicians are generally free from these
restrictions, so some popular contemporary figures can more readily find
their way into paper doll art.
Movie Star Paper
Ladies World brought us movie
stars in paper doll form from 1916 to 1918, including Mary Pickford, Billie
Burke, Mary Miles Minter and Charlie Chaplin. The Delineator also used movie
stars in a paper-doll guessing game in 1917. Photoplay presented Movy-Dolls
in 1919 and 1920. All were ingénues of the silent screen, including
the ever-charming Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas
Fairbanks. In 1925, Woman's Home Companion did a short series of child stars
as paper dolls -- Jackie Coogan, Baby Peggy, and Peter Pan and Our Gang,
painted by Frances Tipton Hunter. In 1925, they ran Hollywood Dollies, doing
sixty-six different celebrities including Rudolph Valentino, Tom Mix,
Colleen Moore, Mary Astor and Rin Tin Tin.
Barbie may be credited or
condemned for the decline in popularity of paper dolls in the 1960s, yet in
the 1990s Barbie was one of the most popular paper dolls among children and
collectors alike. Paper-doll versions of Barbie and her sister, Skipper,
were strong sellers in the 1970s to supplement their three-dimensional
counterparts. Boyfriend Ken and girlfriend Midge were also made as paper
dolls. Paper Barbies appeared in books and in boxed sets from 1962 through
the 1990s, and have dwindled to nearly nothing in the first years of the
21st Century. Little to nothing is known of the various Barbie artists until
the late 1980s, when nationally known artist Tom Tierney began painting her
for Western Publishing. As Tom maintains a wide network of correspondence
with his fans and readers of collector publications, most were aware of his
new works wherever they appeared. Another Barbie artistto appear in the
1990s was Barb Rausch, whose love of paper doll art started with Bill
Woggon's famous Katy Keene, first done for Archie Comics.
Other Places to Find
Collectors today enjoy many
and varied sources of paper dolls. One may network with other collectors via
paper doll newsletters and learn about the latest paper dolls published,
sources for buying from eBay and other online auctions, catalogues, and
directly from artists, and at local and regional parties and conventions.
Speaking of conventions, they're the greatest place in the world to find
paper dolls. First-time attendees have been heard to gush, "It's paper
doll heaven in there!" upon exiting the sales floor.
Greeting card companies
sometimes publish cards with paper dolls. Keep a keen eye on all the
publishers' racks and review them frequently each season, and you may find
paper dolls and toys on cards and even wrapping paper. "Paper
dolls" may be wood, cloth, plastic or even magnetic. Fabric stores now
sell “paper” dolls on yard goods. Specialty shops and catalogues
carry some surprising selections.
The Doll Sourcebook, 1996
by Betterway Books
1507 Dana Ave
Cincinnatti, OH 45207
Paper doll section by Judy M
Johnson, updated for OPDAG website, December 2005.
The book contains a
complete directory of the suppliers needed to make, buy or appraise dolls.
In addition to the more than 70 comprehensive listings of resources, readers
will find informative articles by doll experts and interviews with workshop
instructors. The section on paper dolls includes the above article, plus
artist features and a resource listing of publishers, dealers &