Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Wonderful, Entertaining Paper Doll

I love paper dolls, I've always loved paper dolls. When I was little someone gave me a huge suit box full of paper dolls and I remember loving every one of them. They gave me hours of pleasure, dreams, and imagination.

Paper dolls have been found dating back to at least A.D. 900 in Japan. They are figures (people, animals, or other non-living things) that are cut of of heavy paper. Separated clothes and other accessories are also printed out in other papers and hold onto the figures by small folding tabs. Besides its function as kids' toys, paper dolls also function as fashion advertising media.

Here is a link with instructions on making your very own paper dolls and clothes: http://www.essortment.com/make-own-paper-dolls-52431.html

A great source for information and free vintage paper dolls is Sqidoo.com http://www.squidoo.com/free-vintage-paperdolls.
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 lucky children.

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.

I've never seen a paper doll for hats. Very unique.

For a complete history check out http://www.opdag.com/history.html

In researching for this post I found several paper dolls I would love to buy. I'm wondering if a grandmother can get away with cutting out and dressing paper dolls...........hum.  I'm thinking, I'm thinking.

pepper/Helmet Head


VintageEmbellishment said...

What??? You had a big box full of paper dolls?

How come I never saw them.....you kept them from your baby sister???? And you knew I loved Paper dolls! LOL!

Doodle said...

Wow VE, you sure didn't waste any time getting over here. haha

Nice post Pepper. I had paper dolls when I was young too, but not as many as you did. I never tried to make them though. A new hobby maybe? Maybe not.

Peppercorns said...

VE, your memory must be slipping. LOL

There is no way I could have kept that many paper dolls secret from you, and I wouldn't have wanted to. :0)

Duuuude, I think making paper dolls was my first creative venture. My paper doll could have all the clothes I wanted but didn't have.

Rocki Adams said...

Oh gosh... I used to play with paper dolls - and the vinyl ones too! Brings back some great memories :)

jj said...

ahhh....I loved paper dolls, still do.
Go for it pepper, buy some, stop thinking and go for it.....and while you are at it, you may want to pick one up for VE....

Runs With Scissors said...

OMG, what were those vinyl ones called? Colorforms? Am I showing my age?

jj said...

yup, you are runs *snicker*

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