Thursday, March 6, 2008

Can you identify these dolls?




Just received this email from Barbara in Southern California:
"Attached are pictures of paper dolls that were my mother's. Any information you can give me about their origin, names, who made them, etc. would be greatly appreciated."

UPDATE: I've had two responses so far, one from Anonymous in the comments section below, plus this email from Jean Sullivan: "It appears to be Dennison's #34 set as shown in Mary's 20th C. Paper Doll reference book. The dolls are articulated so the limbs can be adjusted."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The three dolls are Dennison dolls.
The costumes appear to be from
"Dennison's Crepe and Tissue Paper
Doll Outfits", Dennison #33,
published in 1916.

JLauren said...

I DESPERATELY need some one to help me identify some vintage paper dolls. Please look at them on my blog http://VINTAGEPAPERDOLLS.blogspot.com/

and let me know if you have any info at all, or if you've ever seen these.

Thanks so much,
J

Janna said...

Hi Linda,
I'm sorry to randomly leave my comment and request on your blog. My name is Janna Lafferty, I'm not a paper doll expert, but I'm an assistant curator at a historical museum and we are considering taking in some paper dolls into our collection. We were given a bunch of paper dolls from a donor who played with them as a little girl. She says most of them are from the 1930s, and as we have been researching and identifying them, we've found that they range from the 1930's-1960s. There are some that we are having a very hard time identifying though, including this set of ethnically diverse children--some sore of "children of the world" paper doll set.

I figured my next best bet would be to post the pictures so that expert collectors of paper dolls might be able to help me. I found your blog and was very impressed that people were able to help identify these paper dolls put up here.

I hope you don't mind.

Thanks for leaving your note.
Best regards,
Janna