Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Childhood Pastimes

It was so nice to see that many of you  have happy memories of times spent with coloring books and crayons. Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments.
Another favorite childhood pastime of mine, also involved paper. And a little pair of  silver safety scissors.

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Yes, I loved playing with my paper dolls! All kept together in a shoe box, to be taken out on a rainy day, quietly playing in my room. Stop for a visit at Paper Goodies for a look at tons of beautifully restored vintage paper dolls.

May 1958

I always looked forward to getting the Betsy McCall page from my mom's magazine. This wonderful site has 10 years of Betsy's pages.  The page above is from the month I was born. 

Betsy had a little cousin named Linda!

On special occasions, I might have been lucky enough to receive a whole book of paper dolls. Nice, new, glossy, chipboard dolls, whose necks always seemed to end up getting bent. Pages of gorgeous, colorful clothes to spend hours cutting.  Remember how hard it was to cut out the middle of a hood or hat (like the wedding gown below) for the face? I remember having one book with a bridesmaid and wedding gown. They were so beautiful.

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As I browse through paper dolls online, I see that it was very popular for movie stars to have their own paper dolls. Here are a few of my favorites:

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And here's one I know many of you will like...

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When I saw this Pat Boone set, I remember I had one or two books with pockets like this. I was always digging the small accessories out of the bottom of those storage pockets.

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I also found this site with paper dolls from Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazines. I've never seen ME's magazine, so I loved looking through these sweet images.

I didn't keep any of my paper dolls from childhood and for now, I won't be starting a collection, except for on my Pinterest board.

So did you play with paper dolls as a girl? What were your favorites? Perhaps you still have your paper dolls.
It's no wonder that we still love to play with paper and scissors.  


Barbara said...

This was a favorite of mine, too! I loved those envelope-style sets. I had a great baby-doll set with heavy dolls that sat up in high chairs that I remember fondly - and a Barbie set (I think it was Barbie - a fashion doll, at least) - where you could make your own paper outfits with printed squares and stencils. It was heavenly!

Sandy said...

I didn't play with them much as a child, too busy to sit down, but I love them now and hit this online store as often as I can afford to....just LOVE their things!!!!
I tend to the baby doll type of the 40's and 50's rather than the grown ups...or movie starts. Cute has to be the first thing I think of when I see the paper dolls...:)

Shirley Hatfield said...

I was the little girl with the ripped tabs and the poor bended necks on her dolls. I had such poor cutting skills back then, the poor dolls were doomed. But I sure love to see them. =D

Kim K. said...

I still have my paper dolls and pick them up whenever I can find them. Mary Engelbreit has a little Asian girl paper doll that I've made copies of for Miss Josie. Such fun memories.

Tammy's in Love said...

OH but wait! There's more! Of course my beloved told me that there were Doris Day paper dolls! No! He is not getting them for our 34th anniversary next week!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

You are right! Paper dolls were a favorite of mine, too! The tape was always necessary because me and my sisters played with them until they fell apart. Layering on the tape and trying to reinforce them with cereal and scotch tape! I remember the tags getting so worn out and they just wouldn't stay on any longer. So we would start drawing coloring and cutting our own clothes! We were determined little girls!
Such a fun post, oh by the way I have a huge board of paper dolls on my pinterest board, LOL!

Vicki said...

Oh, my goodness, yes, I played with paper dolls, Linda Ruthie! I so enjoyed seeing the ones you showed us today. One particular set I remember was a baby paper doll with cute baby outfits to dress her up in. I was getting into practice for when I had my own children I guess!! I also loved colors and coloring books. My favorite crayon color was called Midnight Blue. I hope you have a happy week, my friend, and thank you so much for dropping by for a visit at Bunny Cottage. Vicki

GardenofDaisies said...

Linda, I was so happy to see this post today. I ADORE paperdolls. I do still have my very first paper doll that was given to me by my Grandmother. And I have collected several since then. My post today was about paperdolls too. I just popped over to follow your paper doll pinterest page, and I hope you'll stop by mine as well.
Thanks for your kind comments about my mess of a crochet project. :-) I have tried and given up many times over the past three years and I am determined that I am going to learn this time!!

Perfectly Printed said...

I too loved paperdolls!! I don't have any left from my childhood, but I did come across a few McCall's magazine at a garage sale that had Betsy McCall paperdolls in much fun!! So glad I found your blog, I'm a new follower!!


Jess said...

I loved paper dolls. I still have a Barbie set that I received in the 4th grade from my very good friend, Mayme, at Christmas.

I would cut furniture out of the Sears catalog and make a full house on the floor and play for hours. Didn't matter that they weren't to scale. What an imagination we were lucky to have!

Beedeebabee said...

What a precious post! You brought back so many sweet memories. :)

Creative Breathing said...

This was such a fun post! I had so many paper dolls as a girl and passed my love of them on to my daughter. I had to giggle at the Pat Boone paper doll. My one and only visit to Hollywood hoping to see a movie star, and who should it be but Pat Boone! Always fun posts found here! Elizabeth

Chenille Cottage said...

What a darling post! I loved playing paper dolls when I was a little girl. The 1950s were a happy time with hula hoops, paper dolls, pedal pushers and playing "Annie Annie Over" for me and my sisters. Your blog is such a delight.
Thanks for sharing.