The next set of vintage paper dolls from my sister’s collection I’d like to share with you is this set, simply called “7 in 1 Doll” which was made by the De Journette Manufacturing Company of Atlanta. Georgia. The box features a logo of the letters dje inside a circle with the word Toys. The box states “Another Alma DeJournette Creation” and carries the stock number 701.
She is a large doll of about 14.5 inches (37cm) and is made from heavy card. Her cardboard stand allowed me to stand her upright for the following photos.
She is probably from the late 1950s or early 1960s. I had a very similar paper doll when I was a child although I can’t be sure it was this particular doll as I don’t really remember exactly what mine looked like. The concept is the same however.
The doll comes with six extra heads to give the doll many different looks. They are made of a light card and they were inserted into a plastic pocket on the dolls body. This is of course the first thing that gets broken and this doll no longer has hers at all. However by inserting the heads into the gap between doll body and clothing I can show you how she looked.
Each doll head has a different name and the outfits that go with the dolls head are tagged with that name.
Here she is in various guises.
As well as different outfits to go with the different hair colours and styles there were accessories, hats, cooking utensils, purses, flowers had all been cut out by the original owner.
I think this is quite a fun idea. I know that I enjoyed playing with mine as a child although to be contrary I used to mix up the outfits sometimes. The only thing that spoiled it for me was that although she had multiple looks and personalities I did not have another doll the same size for her to play with.
I was not able to find out much about Alma DeJournette or DeJourenette Manufacturing but she does seem to have created some other large paper dolls including “Curly Top” a paper doll with real hair from 1948 , 22 inch (yes really!) “Playmates” and “3 Big Dolls, Gina, Tina and Lena.”
If anyone knows more about the company I would welcome your comments.