Calling all Paperdoll Collectors

jennyjofay By jennyjofay, 30th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is an article to educate women and girls about paper dolls and how you can still gather all the paper dolls that you used to play with as a child. Reproductions, vintage and modern paper dolls.

Vintage, Reproduction and Modern Paper dolls

Do you remember playing with paper dolls as a little girl? I do. Our mothers used to play with the vintage ones and collected them in their vintage doll trunks. Some women who collect them keep them in special pull out drawers that are labelled as to which dolls are there. Some keep them in folders.

Paper dolls have been around for a long time. There are even vintage ones from the 1800's and early 1900's. I'm not sure of the time frame for the first paper doll created. Maybe even earlier.
The victorian paper dolls were some of the first ones. Pratt paper dolls, Frances Tipton Hunter paper dolls, Polly Pratt comes to mind. There are reproduction Kate Greenaway paper dolls, and others.
On ebay, you can find the vintage ones. A lot of women are thinking of getting rid of their collections now. Most are fairly inexpensive, but there are some that are anywhere from $50 to into the $100's or more. Some of the vintage paper dolls were quite large and lifelike. Christopher Robin paperdolls are somewhat large. There was a lifesize reproduction doll, I think by Queen Holden.
Queen Holden's baby dolls and vintage children dolls are still available. You can get reproductions all over the place.
Also in the later 1900's around the time when our mothers were probably playing with paper dolls, there were many celebrity paperdolls of the classic women actresses, Katherine Hepburn, Deanna Durbin, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, and many others. Those were the really popular dolls, and you can get them again in reproductions.
Also there are lots of other paper dolls, Tammy paper dolls, vintage Barbie, Hayley Mills paper dolls, The Obama Family paper doll sets, Princess Dianna, Tonner Doll paper dolls, like Wentworth, and the Gene paper dolls by Mel Odum, Tom Tierney (who has many paper dolls sets of all kinds of different types of paper dolls). Vintage 50's families, ballerina paper dolls, celebrities, child stars.
Shirley Temple paper dolls were also popular, Winnie the Pooh, character paper dolls, Star Wars paper dolls. There were even Honeyhill bunch paper dolls. Raggeddy Ann and Andy and Marcella paper dolls. You name it, they probably had a paper doll created after them.
Freckles paper dolls, mod style paper dolls, lots of paper dolls from the sixties and seventies.
One place i recommend checking into if you would like to see all the reproductions there are is a magazine company called OPDAG. It's based in Kingfield, Maine. The editor comes out with two paper doll magazines that are quarterly. One is called The Paper Doll Review. Which is dedicated to all the reproductions of the vintage paper dolls. There are lots of articles about the vintage paper dolls. She incorporates paper dolls, articles and photographs of classic celebrities, and many other stuff. She writes about the artistry behind the paper dolls, the bios of paper doll artists of yesteryear and many more. Sometimes there is even a recipe or two in there.

The other magazine she creates is Paper Doll Studio, where this one is a modern magazine dedicated to all the modern paper doll artists. I have been one of the contributors to their dress a doll page. Each issue has a doll that we are required to come up with outfits for the doll, and then she prints everyone's stuff. You can also send in other paper dolls that you have created for inclusion in the magazine. It is like a trade magazine and you get free advertising from it by offering your paper dolls for sale.

The editor's mother is also a paper doll artist and does reproduction work. Judy M. Johnson. She even did a lovely one of her daughter, the editor.

Other contributors that are well known are Larry Bassin, Brenda Sneathen Maddox, Tom Tierney, and many others. Paper Dolls are kind of making a comeback, and even men make paper dolls. Larry Bassins are quite cute and some are fashionable. His kind of remind me of the Blondie cartoons in the newspaper. Or a little bit like the old fashioned Kate Greenaway paper dolls.

If you have a budding artist, paper dolls are a great way to get her to create her own paper dolls. It's quite easy and lots of fun. All you need for materials is a good light box, black ink pens (the Sharpie grocery store ones work fine- fine tip), colored pencils, paper, markers, and perhaps a few paper dolls to inspire them. They can even trace an outline to get the basic paper doll shape, but then encourage them to get orinal with all their details. The copying should stop at the basic outline. Sometimes hands and feet and the correct proportions are hard to do. But also encourage them to draw their own and learn to get good body shapes.

Check out my new paper doll website of my fine art paper dolls. Maybe it will inspire little girls to create their own.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted December 30, 2011


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I am a mother of four children, two boys and two girls. I am a paperdoll artist and a writer. I have published my first mystery novel, Black Roses and it is online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.. I like to write fiction, poetry, recipes and oth...(more)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
30th Dec 2011 (#)

i remember these paperdolls

no they're not my toys....hahahahaha

happy new year ms jennyjofay!

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author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2011 (#)

LOL Cowboy

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author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Oh I just loved playing with them. I cherished each and every one I was given. I have not thought of those for years. Great information on collecting paper dolls. Thank you for the trip back in time.:)

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author avatar Buzz
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Useful info for Paperdoll Collectors. Great write and read.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
15th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice works. Thank you.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this article. I used to love paperdolls. I think I still do.

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