Hello and welcome to Fun Stuff Friday! Today as I was puzzling over what to do for the blog this week, it struck me. I've never discussed the humble paper doll!
When I was a kid I collected Paper dolls. I loved paper dolls, they were cheap, and if you were careful, they could last a good long time (I'll have pictures of one of my paper doll sets later in the blog.). I started collecting the madness that is Dover Paper Dolls in my teens, so I never lost my taste for these works of art.
With the advent of the internet, options expanded for paper doll collectors of all ages. Many of these beauties are from vintage magazines like Goody's Ladies Book, McCall's, and Delineator, magazines that today's girls would only know about if they read the right books, but abound on the internet, in all their fascinating detail.
Costume Gallery features a set of paper dolls from 1919 featuring a World War One Sailor and his charming lady friend along with three outfits and accessories for both of them.
Gabi's Paper Dolls features dozens of paper dolls, vintage and modern, including ones from other countries!
Free Paper Dolls.com has loads of awesome paper dolls from the thirties to the sixties all for free, while giving the proper acknowledgement to the owners. Included are some awesome Barbie (brunette bubble cut!) and Barbie's unfortunately forgotten bestie Midge. Free Paper Dolls also offers a selection of the adorable Betsy McCall paper dolls.
Miss Missy Paper Dolls again offers a selection of vintage and modern paper dolls that can be printed. The really awesome thing is that she has a huge selection of dolls from other countries, particularly Japan, a passion of hers. She even has some for Glitter Force, unavailable in the US! My favorites from her site are her collection of Mary Englebreit Ann Estelle dolls.
Little (and Big) Disney fans actually have quite a selection to choose from! On Disney Family you can choose from Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel paper dolls.
Other Disney fun can be found on Cory Jensen's Facebook page. Cory has drawn a huge selection of Disney and other characters for printing fun. Perusing the photos section will delight any Disney fan, treating them to truly under rated characters like Esmeralda, Megara, Princess Eilonwy from Black Cauldron, and Honey Lemon from Big Hero Six. Musical fans will be ecstatic to find favorites like My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton represented. He even has... wait for it... Star Wars! Rey and Princess Leia have paper dolls in his collection, with several beautiful outfits a piece.
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Mondays and Fridays.