Vintage Paper Dolls – Part Five – Dolls on Disc


Time for another paper doll post. I think I mentioned in one of my earlier paper doll posts that my sister Naomi recently started increasing her collection of vintage and reproduction paper dolls.

Collecting reproduction paper dolls is a great way to learn about the many different paper dolls that have been produced over the years. They are such fragile toys that the chances of finding a mint set of vintage dolls is not very good but now that there are a lot of people reproducing paper dolls from every decade of the twentieth century we can all have the pleasure of seeing them.

Some sellers sell hard copies on good quality paper, others will sell you a disk with a whole collection of dolls on it while others will sell them to you as a digital download. Naomi has done all three. She has vintage dolls, she has bought reproduction books some of them as presents for me. She has downloaded dolls from the Free Paper Doll site and bought a couple of discs from an eBay seller. Each are good ways to collect depending on how much space you have and what you intend to do with the dolls.

Naturally I was keen to feature some of these dolls on the blog but as I wanted to do the right thing by the seller I contacted her to ask for permission to reproduce some paper dolls from the disc on the blog. Like most people I have contacted so far Monica, who runs the Print’n’Sell website as well as an eBay store was kind enough to agree that I could. I have had a quick look at the website and as well as paper dolls Monica also has other paper toys like models and dioramas, there is also a blog on the site which I will go back to read another day.

The paper dolls featured in this post are all from the disc that Naomi bought.

Hour of Charm

This were published by Saalfield in 1943 and were based on a radio program of the same name which featured an all girl orchestra. The dolls are called Evelyn, Vivien and Maxine.Here is a page of  clothing.

This set is also available on the Free Paper Dolls website.

Nursery School Dolls

This is a set of 3 children; Tommy, Peggy and Janey. I’ve seen a few sets of them separately and they were designed by Queen Holden. The little outfits are cute and there is some nice artwork in the book too. This set was published by Whitman.

Queen Holden's Nursery School Dolls:

Barbie Theatre

Barbie, Ken, Midge, Allan and Skipper with a few costumes for their theatre productions. There are not a lot of costumes in this but the graphics are nice.

Barbie Costume paper doll clothes:

Trixie Belden

I remember reading Trixie Belden books as a child. Here are outfits for Trixie, Marty, Honey and Jim. Published by Whitman in 1956.

Let’s Play House

A Dionne Quints paper doll featuring Annette.

ANNETTE Let's Play House with the Dionne Quints:

Janie and Her Doll

Janie and her doll is from the late 1930s or early 1940s and has rather a hand coloured look to it which  I rather like. The copy on Naomi’s disc says “copyright 1941 by Samuel Lowe Company, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Here is a page of Janie’s outfits.

Janie and Her Doll* 1500 free paper dolls at Arielle Gabriel's International Paper Doll Society for Pinterest paper doll pals *:

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of this lovely vintage paper doll sets. I’ll be back with some more very soon.

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7 comments

  1. I like older dolls because they give me ideas for costumes for my dolls, should I start sewing again. I also wanted you to know that for all the older version printed dolls you do not need permission to post. Once something is in public domain, everybody can use it freely, it doesn’t matter what the seller claims. A lot of sellers on ebay try to claim a copyright but it doesn’t work that way. Just because somebody scans something and puts it on disk it doesn’t give the copyright.

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    • Thanks for that. My sister did mention that some of these were in teh public domain. I guess that is why there are so many people selling them now.
      I was just being cautious I guess as there is a lot of image stealing on the internet already and I don’t want to be thought of as one of those people.

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      • I know what you mean. I also ask most of the time but you don’t have to ask most of the ebay sellers. Once something is in public domain it means just that, anybody can use it. By the way copyright laws are very complicated.

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    • My sister and I have been learning about vintage paper dolls for just a few months and have found paper dolls of all sorts of characters. I used to read the Trixie Belden books too.

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