Paper Dolls – Endearing Childhood Treasures


Paper dolls are amongst of the only and most cost-effective of toys, and but have offered nice leisure for youngsters and adults world wide for hundreds of years. These dolls are usually two dimensional, and are most frequently product of paper, however may also be product of different supplies reminiscent of fabric, wooden, or plastic, and might be figures of individuals, animals, or inanimate objects (together with numerous varieties of toys). These dolls are additionally thought-about to incorporate three dimensional dolls made fully of paper.

Strictly talking, the time period ‘paper dolls’ contains solely dolls which have accompanying clothes or costumes, and the earliest such dolls have been used within the style industries of France, Austria, Germany and England within the mid 1700s. These dolls have been hand painted, and supposed to entertain adults. They have been typically used to indicate present fashions, or to signify in style figures of the time. These sorts of dolls have been first manufactured in England and America within the early 1800s, and lots of fantastically crafted dolls have been exported from Europe to America within the late 1800s. Though these dolls date solely from the 1700s, paper figures (with out accompanying clothes or costumes) have been in existence for 1000’s of years. Asian cultures have used paper figures in ritual ceremonies for over 2000 years, and different cultures have had particular types of paper folks artwork for hundreds of years.

Paper dolls began appearing in magazines within the mid 1800s. The dolls, themselves, can be printed on one web page, with clothes and costumes (which may very well be hand coloured) printed on the subsequent web page. This follow grew to become extremely popular within the early 1900s, and continues as we speak. The dolls additionally began appearing in newspapers within the 1890s. They offered low-cost leisure, and have been particularly in style in the course of the Nice Despair, when cash was scarce and many individuals couldn’t afford to spend a lot on leisure.

Within the 1940s and 1950s the dolls additionally began showing in comedian books, together with a lot of these revealed by Archie Comics, Atlas Comics, Eclipse Comics, GAY comics, D.C. Comics, Fawcett Publishing, Nationwide Periodical Publications, Renegade Press, and Star Comics.

Manufactured paper dolls designed by gifted artists have been extremely popular in 1940s and 1950s. There have been many such effective artists, together with Betty Bell, Doris Butler, Rachel Dixon, Maud Fangel, Irene Geiger, Queen Holden, Miriam Kimbal, Mary Knight, Ann Kovach, Kathy Lawrence, Avis Mac, Maybell Mercer, Hilda Miloche, Jean Morse, Ruth Newton, Rose O’Neill, Fern Peat, Nan and George Pollard, Louise Rumely, Florence Salter, Merily Sharpe, Ethel Simms, Judy Stang, Ethel Taylor, and E.A. Voss.

A few of the publishers for these artists included American Greetings Firm, Interest Home Press, Merrill Publishing Firm, Saalfield Publishing Firm, Samuel Lowe Publishing Firm, Western Publishing Firm, and Whitman Publishing Firm.

Some doll characters have been quick lived, however others have continued on into as we speak. A partial checklist contains A Date with Judy, Angel Infants, Child Patsy, Child Bathe, Barbie and Ken, Beth Ann, Betty and Veronica, Blondie, California Ladies, Carolyn Lee, Dennis the Menace, Hair-do Dolls, Judy Garland, Katy Keene, Millie the Mannequin, Misty, My Lady Pearl, Neil the Horse, Patsy and Hedy, Sugar and Spike, the Dionne Quints, Tiny Tot Store, and Vicki Valentine. The checklist additionally contains many Disney characters, celebrities, and in style film stars beginning with the favorites of the Silent Display screen.

Paper dolls are nonetheless extremely popular, and are an endearing childhood treasure, each as satisfying toys for youngsters, and as a delight for collectors of all ages.

by Tom Littlepage