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Betsy McCall Paper Dolls

In 1951 McCall’s magazine began a feature for girls: a paper doll named Betsy McCall. Looking at the page through the years until the last time it was included (I think it was 1995) is a mini-tutorial in late 20th century childrens’ fashions.

But to start, here are a few Christmas pages.

McCall's Magazine, December 1951

McCall's Magazine, December 1960

McCall's Magazine, December 1962

This site features Betsy McCall paper dolls from the first 10 years, 1951- 1961. You can get a printable size by clicking on the doll. Then select a page – this time click on High Quality Image. To enlarge for printing, click on the image again. This will print out about the same size as it was originally in the magazine.

Crunchy Monkey is a great site with a brief history of McCall’s magazine and lots of Betsy McCall paper doll pages from 1975 to 1995.

This page shows several old advertisements and sewing patterns for doll clothes.

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