I LOVED paper dolls as a kid. I remember getting a Brady Bunch set and playing with it, although I remember my sister Jen and I both wanting to "be" Marcia (of course - it's always "Marcia, Marcia, MARCIA!"). :D Unfortunately, the Bradys are lost to antiquity but we also has this set to play with:
|Poor "Georgia Lou" has some ankle issues. :D|
I suppose it goes without saying that I won't be using any of these clothes in my artwork. :D
Oh, but that doesn't go for the rest of the paper dolls in my collection! What strikes me as amazing is that these sets are in existence at all. Maybe kids took better care of their toys back then because they didn't have a whole room full of them like kids seem to today. Maybe some moms kept them in the attic for safe-keeping in case they had granddaughters someday. Whatever the case, I feel lucky to have them.
Here's a set from 1966 - they're much smaller than the previous ones and include boys, too! It strikes me as kind of sad that this set is in nearly pristine condition - great for me, though! Check out the awesome fashions - I will definitely be putting these to good use!
The Paper Flea Market. It's in wonderful condition and Trina at PFM says they're from 1964. You don't see many "native dress"-type dolls anymore, do you?
Here are a few pieces I've created using my paper doll stuff - more to come, I'm sure!