Paper dolls: Twilight, Mad Men, Victorian, Pin-Up’s

by on Monday, May 24th, 2010

When I was younger, one of my great loves were dolls. And this was an extensive, expansive love. I would no sooner snub my nose up at a generic Barbie,  then a Madame Alexander doll. I was especially fond of paper dolls. And there were (and still are) various degrees of paper dolls. Some that I loved were only a buck at a drugstore (Barbie/Disney paper dolls), other’s were vintage and my Mother’s. You might think that playing with pieces of paper could be dull – but you’re forgetting the imagination that childhood gives you.

mad men paper dolls

I still have some paper dolls, all precisely cut, stored away in boxes. The details on some of them are fascinating. And I would sometimes draw clothing for them – I was a a burgeoning fashion designer at the age of six. (Although my attempts to sew clothing for the dollhouse dolls was not quite as successful. I’ve never been good with a needle, not even to sew on a button!)

There are tons of memories I could delve into here, but I’ll just pull one out. When I was doing a civil war project for school, I managed to fit in paper dolls. As you could expect – war wasn’t something I liked much. Although I have always loved history, visiting historical homes or looking at period dress. My Father helped me build a very simple one-room replica of the Appomattox Courthouse, which I then painted brick red with a black roof. We used dollhouse furniture inside and then my Mother took me to one of my favorite places – a local young adult bookstore. Inside, there was a section with books of paper dolls. And they even had historical paper dolls. We found civil war paper dolls, which I cut out and placed inside the display. I was very proud of that project. I found a was to fulfill my requirements, but in a very “me” way. Figures I’d find a was to use dolls, and focus on the end of the war than any of the battles (like most classmates did).

I think that paper dolls are still a great gift for young girls, or older girls. There are some very cool ones with the faces of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or models with specific fashions of Chanel, or Yves St. Laurent. Using these for scrapbooking, pasting on a closet, to decorate a binder, etc. I just think they’re great. Lots of people have bulletin boards up above their desks as inspiration boards, and I think that’d be a great place to pin up some of these. (If you’re a Mad Men lover, there is a book on Great Fashion Designs of the 60′s: 32 Haute Couture Costumes.)

grace kelly paper dolls

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls [Paperback] Florence Sarah Winship (Author, Illustrator), Jenny Taliadoros (Editor), David Wolfe (Illustrator) $12.00

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls [Paperback] Tom Tierney (Author)$6.95

Glamorous Movie Stars of the 1950s Paper Dolls [Paperback] Tom Tierney (Author) $6.95

Chanel Fashion Review Paper Dolls [Paperback] Tom Tierney (Author) $6.95

Dyna Moe has actually made some Mad Men paper dolls (of Joan), what’d you know?



mad men paperdolls

historic paper dollsPaper Doll, ca. 1920 (1981.103.2) Paper doll, Tuttle Press Company, Appleton, Wisconsin, ca. 1920. On display at Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

Kitty Dale 1959: A Collectible Vintage Fashion Paper Doll [Paperback] Kim Brecklein (Author)

Kitty Dale 1959: A Collectible Vintage Fashion Paper Doll [Paperback] Kim Brecklein (Author)six little steppers dolls

Six Little Steppers Paper Dolls [Paperback] Charlot By (Author, Illustrator), Jenny Taliadoros (Editor), Doris Richardson (Illustrator), Judy M Johnson (Illustrator)

dorothy canfield and othersGirl Paper Doll with Clothes. From the book “What Shall We Do Now? 500 Children’s Games and Pastimes” by Dorothy Canfield and Others. The book was published by Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers or New York in 1907. Page 261 The book is in the public domain and all images should be copyright free.

vintage barbie paper dolls

Nostalgic Barbie Paperdoll Brunette Barbie

vintage style paper dollsVintage style paper dolls.

pin up girl paper dolls

Pin-Up Girls of World War II Paper Dolls [Paperback]
Tom Tierney (Author)

paper doll clothes

Paper doll clothes.

buffy the vampire slayer paper dolls

Vampire Paper Dolls [Paperback] Tom Tierney (Author) Twilight paper dolls and Buffy paper dolls!

paper dollsPaper Doll-Magazini-”Cranky Pants”

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vintage girl paper dollsVintage Girls paper dolls.

vintage paperdollsVintage paper doll clothes.

magic mary jane paper dolls

Magic Mary Jane Vintage Paper Dolls

antique paper dolls

1900s Paper Dolls

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7 Responses to “Paper dolls: Twilight, Mad Men, Victorian, Pin-Up’s”

  1. BrooklynShoeBabe Says:

    My grandmother introduced me to paper dolls when I was around 9 or ten years old when my twin brother started to not want to play with me anymore. Unfortunately, I wasn't that artistically inclined but now I have an urge to play with them. You know you can make magnetic dress up dolls, too. I've even seen some sets.

  2. Jessica Rae Says:

    I didn't know you had a twin brother, how cool! Well, maybe you didn't think it was that cool to grow up with him sometimes :P I actually owned that Mickey Mouse set I posted at the bottom. The one two up “Magic Mary Jane” (kind of a bad name..haha) does have magnetic clothing. I think that's cool. Gosh, I will always love paper dolls. Always! My favorite set was “Lettie Lane”. I had American Girl ones, Barbie Ones, Antique ones… also these great Beauty and the Beast ones where you could color your own dresses.

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  5. BrooklynShoeBabe Says:

    Thought of you on Friday. I took my daughters to a local toy store and they fell in love with a magnetic dress up doll set. The 4 dolls have stands and a tray of interchangeable dresses, shoes, blouses, sweaters, shoes, etc. They are loving it (me too). Sometimes old school toys are more fun. If I’m feeling creative, I could get some oak tag and magnetic strips so my daughters and I can make our own clothes for them. (Yes, I’m reliving my childhood. lol.)

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