Dolls - a little of their History
At the turn
of the century in the United States Paper Dolls went from a plaything of
the rich to one which most children could
enjoy. This was due to some magazines and newspapers publishing
them in the early 1900's. McCall's
in June 1904. The Betsy McCall series by 6 different artists was
the longest running of any series, running off and on for 45
years, from 1951 to November 1996.
Home Journal was
the second to publish paper dolls in October of 1908, then Good
Housekeeping & The
in February of 1909. The Delineator
of 1910, Woman's
Home Companion in
1911, and Ladies'
September 1916. The quality was excellent and these are much in
demand today among
addition to the Betsy McCall series some of the most enduring series
were: Dolly Dingle by artist Grace G. Drayton, Lettie
Lane series by Sheila Young, and the Kewpie Kutouts by Rose O'Niel.
Not only were these entertaining, but educational as
well. Dolly Dingle went on a trip around the world, and children
could learn how other children lived and dressed. She went
through World War II, sang opera, and celebrated all the holidays.
There is the golden age of paper dolls of the 1940's,
1950's and 1960's. Collectors today treasure each new set they can
add to their collection. Paper doll collections are easy
to store and enjoy. These wonderful works of art are treasured not
by children but by adults, who appreciate their beauty,
history and artistry.