paper dolls are still cool

by mari

I was wandering around the “interwebs” looking for some paper doll inspiration for a new freelance project (hi Lanie!), and found some amazing vintage paper dolls. I still remember my mom letting me look through some of her old paper dolls when I was a kid – but of course we didn’t actually get to play with them. These Besty McCall Paper Dolls first appeared in McCall’s Magazine in 1951, and continued into the 90’s! You can read more about Betsy here. My favorite collection of images for you to download and play with (no fragile old paper to worry about!) is from 1951 – 1961 and is available here.
It looks like there are many possible resources for vintage paper dolls, I also found a great collection of scans at Bella Dia’s blog, if you’re looking for a few more!
Again, another amazing, free, downloadable gift idea – print several on cardstock and tie with a bow.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lora Madjar March 31, 2010 at 5:55 am

i love paper dolls! (so much that have made my own art paper dolls out of vintage book covers – so much fun!)


2 cefefloof May 12, 2010 at 5:54 am

I love your blog. So much useful information. Thank you very very much.


3 Fran May 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Yes, I love paper dolls, too! Here are some paper doll hat and handbag designs.


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