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Peg

Peg
Isn’t she lovely?

I bought her a few years ago from an ebay seller. After buying other paper dolls from her, I wrote her inquiring about odd lots, incomplete sets, even dolls without clothes and vice versa.

This 1940s girl was one of those purchases.

Very sweet and I just love her shoes.


As near as I can tell, Peg is what’s written on the back of the doll.

Was that the name of the doll, the little girl she belonged to, or both?

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1962 Barbie Paper Doll

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1963 Ken Paper Doll

1963 Whitman #1976:59 (back cover)

1963 Ken

Mattel copyrighted these images in 1962, but the Whitman folder was dated 1963.

Go here for the Barbie from this set.

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1963 Barbie Paper Doll

(I finally got this to upload – Enjoy!)

Because the folder is larger than my scanner, the top line was cut off. It reads: “Clothes ready to punch out ~ no scissors necessary”.

Barbie ~ Whitman #1976:59

Both the Barbie and Ken in this set are copyrighted with the year 1962, but the published date of the folder is 1963.

Barbie’s clothes in this set also fit the Whitman #1963 set, copyrighted 1962. That Barbie has a bubble cut hairstyle, too, but is blond.


The flared red coat was called either a trapeze style or swing, I think, and the length was referred to as a car coat.

Go here for the Ken doll from this set.

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Judy Garland Paper Dolls

When I was in elementary school at Mingo, one of the local television stations would broadcast The Wizard of Oz on Easter weekend. I don’t know what TWOO has to do with Jesus’ resurrection, but there it is.

This was way before personal movie collections, video rental, cable television or even home video recorders. If you wanted to watch something, then you’d better catch it when it was broadcast because it might take a long, long time to have a chance to see it again.

We didn’t even get to see It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas.

But we did get to see The Wizard of Oz every Easter.

And if you were blessed enough to have a friend like Mary Jane Matthews, you got to watch it in color. (Mary Jane was a bright and lovely girl in her own right, quite aside from having a color television).

This set of Judy Garland paper dolls are from the book Glamorous Movie Stars of the Thirties Paper Dolls, by Tom Tierney, 1978.

Unfortunately, a few years ago I wrote the year of each movie under the title and it looks a bit messy.

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Patty Duke and Cathy Paper Dolls, Part I

Patty Duke, Whitman 1965

Cathy, Whitman 1965

I apologize for the slanted view and cropped off part of Cathy’s hair. It was the only way I could see to scan it at full size, however, I’ll give it another try later and update this post if I’m successful.

Patty's clothes

Patty's clothes

Patty's clothes

Patty's and Cathy's clothes

Cathy's clothes

Most of the paper dolls that I buy are used and so I assume that there are pieces missing (unless the owner was very tidy and careful). Cathy doesn’t have nearly as many clothes in this set and I wonder why. Were her clothes prettier and became too worn and tattered to keep? Did the owner spill something on them (there are no stains on the dolls or other dresses)? Or did the family dog eat them along with her spelling homework?

Scanned page

Again I apologize for the quality of these pictures with printing being cut off on the side. It’s very difficult to scan these books without completely breaking the spine (which I don’t want to do, of course). Photographing them is only slightly better because, again, the pages won’t lie flat.

For legibility, click to enlarge, then click again. The print will then be clear enough to read.

Photographed page

The green page is from Carol Nichols book: Paper Dolls of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s: Identification and Value Guide, 2005, printed by Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-3009.

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Hayley Mills Paper Doll

Hayley Mills, That Darn Cat

Wasn’t she just the cutest thing? She’s probably the cutest senior citizen now.

Everybody loved Hayley Mills.


Younger daughter of the famous actor John Mills, sister of Juliet Mills (The Nanny and the Professor), she tugged at our hearts in Pollyana, made us laugh in The Parent Trap and That Darn Cat and typified the mid-60s teenager in The Trouble with Angels (one of my favorite movies of all time).

The paperdolls from That Darn Cat were in my small collection as a girl, but that folder has been long gone and I replaced it with some that I bought on ebay.

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Doris Day Paper Doll Clothes

The clothes below belong to the Doris Day paper doll set by Whitman, 1955. It is booklet #1952.

Go here for the first post.

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Doris Day Paper Dolls

Doris Day, Whtiman Publishing Company, 1955

Among serious paper doll collectors, I’d be considered a rank amateur. And that would be accurate, because I don’t collect things that I think might become valuable someday.

First, I buy what I can afford. No matter how much I may want something, I simply won’t buy it if it’s not affordable now.

Second, my favorites are replacements of what I had when I was a child and foolishly (arghhhh!) took to the burn barrel right before I got married. That was stupid on many levels, one of which is that I’ve forgotten several of them. Seeing paper doll clothes sometimes triggers a memory even more than the doll itself. I didn’t have all that many paper dolls, because even though they were cheap (the typical price was .25 for a package), most girls I knew didn’t have lots and lots. We were not an over-indulged generation. (I had one Barbie and was thrilled to have even that.)

Third, I prefer to buy vintage, and pre-loved (use, played with) dolls and/or their clothes. Although I do have several books of new ones, I get the urge to get out the scissors. I usually don’t, but I want to. There are several booklets of Dover paper dolls in my box, and a few from other places (mostly museums, like the Bath Costume Museum) and they all remain uncut.

Doris Day Paper Doll Clothes, 1955

The only uncut vintage book I have are these Doris Day, 1955 issues by Whitman. I bought them back in the early 1990’s at an antique store in Kingwood, Texas and I paid way too much for them. Paper dolls were hard to find. This was before anyone except hackers and professionals had even heard of the internet. Now anyone from anyplace can post them and they’re more affordable (which is great). In fact, the prices have come way down (probably due to their ready accessibility). About 1999, I bid on an old set of Lucille Ball paper dolls on ebay. Chagrin prevents me from disclosing how how I bid, but let’s just say that it was well below the $160.00 that was the winning bid. Those same dolls can be bought now for far less and many laser copies are available, too.

Doris Day Paper Doll Clothes, 1955

Anyway, in the case next to the Doris Day set, was one of Elizabeth Taylor from the same era. They were priced a little more and since I just like Doris better than Elizabeth, I bought them.

Doris Day Paper Doll Clothes, 1955

Now it’s 17 years later, and they’re probably worth about the same as what I paid for them. Which, all things considered, isn’t really all that bad. It’s a better investment than that lousy Mexican meal I had in Kingwood.

*Go here for more Doris Day paper doll clothes.

*Update: April 20, 2011 – When enlarged, the paper dolls get very pixily and unpleasant. I tried scanning them in on the highest resolution setting I could, and it didn’t change them at all.

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1968 Paper Dolls (from television programs)

Family Affair

Buffy

Julia Paper Dolls, 1968

The Flying Nun

All of the above are from the book “Paper Dolls of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s Identification and Value Guide” by Carol Nichols.
Copyright 2005
Printed by Collector Books
P.O. Box 3009
Paducah, Kentucky 42002-3009
www.collectorbooks.com

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