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History of Paper Dolls – Part Two

Note: This is the second part of a two-part article tracing the history of paper dolls.  Click here to read the first part. 20th century paper dolls In the 20th century, other magazines followed this trend, including Ladies’ Home Journal  (Sheila Young’s “Lettie Lane”), Pictorial Review (Grace Drayton’s “Dolly Dingle”), Good Housekeeping (Sheila Young’s “Polly …

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History of Paper Dolls – Part One

Today’s paper dolls evolved from the development of paper, ceremonial and performance figures, and dressmakers’ fashion dolls. General history Paper was invented in China around 105 C.E. by Ts’ai-Lin, a courtier from Lei-yang. Although the word ‘paper’ is derived from ‘papyrus’, this early paper was not a papyrus product. With paper’s development in nearby China, …

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Artfest Doll

Many years ago, I taught at Artfest.  It was a golden era, and – for the first few years – I had a wonderful time. At one Artfest, organizer Teesha Moore gave us simple cloth dolls.  I think her grandmother had assembled them. When I received mine, I promptly embellished her.  Here’s the result. (I …

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Teal Magic Doll

“Teal Magic” was the name of the first series of art/assemblage dolls I made after I met other dollmakers online and joined swaps.  That was around 1997 or 1998, I think. That’s one of the dolls, at right. The body was a simple wooden block, painted with copper-colored paint.  I photocopied a corset and hand …

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