Here is a really cute paper doll book that Naomi bought a while ago. It is part paper doll book, part activity book and part story book. It is labeled “A Birk’s-Craft (regd) Production and designed by Edwyn A Birks”. It was published by Bancroft & Co.(Publishers) Ltd. of London and has a copyright date of 1964. The book was printed in Holland and has a number, 556, which makes me wonder if it was part of a series of publications.
The story part, written by Sylvia Dane, is about a little girl called Jennifer who takes her doll, Wendy, to “Babette’s Dolls Outfitters” to buy her some new outfits. It has black and white illustrations and the print is large enough for a child to read with perhaps a little help from an adult.
The paper doll is Wendy, the doll and she has two pages of cute little outfits, 36 in all and little cardboard coat hangers to put them on.
The activity part is a press out model of the shop with a rail to hang all the outfits on. It’s very well done with illustrations on how to put it together.
I think it is a very nice set and I know that I would have been delighted with it as a child. Even as an adult I wish I could go to a shop like Babette’s to dress my favourite dolls.