Many little girls love ballet and of course there have been a lot of ballet paper dolls but I’m just going to show you one set today although it’s hard to think of them as paper dolls. They are made of plastic but they do have paper clothing.
Naomi bought these on eBay and neither of us had seen anything like them before. I had thought of posting them as Mystery Dolls but my sister is a persistent researcher and managed to track down some information about them.
They are called Creative Cut Outs and were made by Trim Molded Products Co.Inc of Burlington, Wisconsin. They are most likely from the 1950s.
The dolls are quite small, about 12 centimetres tall (about 4.7 inches) and have plastic stands to balance on. Their features are etched on to the plastic but there is not a lot of detail. They are just lines.The booklet of clothing contains several different ballet costumes for each doll. As well as the printed ones there are others which have been left for the owner to colour in. Here are some the previous owner prepared earlier.
Here are the five dolls in some of their costumes.
I would love to know whether other dolls of this type were produced and also what else was made at the Trim Molded Plastic Company as we’ve not managed to find out anything about them so far.
It occurred to me that if they made larger products they may have hit on this as a way to use up offcuts of plastic but that is just a theory of mine.
As always if anyone knows more about these dolls or the company that made them please share in the comments. We would love to know.