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Readers are referred to “Costumed by Hand: Yesteryear’s Best-Dressed Paper Dolls” by Francine Kirsch which ran in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Folk Art Magazine, the publication of the American Museum of Folk Art. In addition to the essay by Ms. Kirsch, the ten page article was accompanied with numerous illustrations of HANDMADE paper dolls, often made by little girls during the depression out of need, frequently giving paper a second or third life. Many handmade and homemade paper dolls have an innocent charm and primitive quality which outshines the commercial products (which are often brands)…and they are also many times as elaborate as the manufactured dolls. Handmade antique paper dolls are far more difficult to find today than the commercial ones, but quite rewarding.
Set of Handmade and Homemade paper dolls circa 1940-1950
Jim Linderman
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  1. Belltown Belltown, 4 years ago
    Hi Jim:
    Great minds, etc...We just published this article about paper dolls today.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Very nice Jim and I read CW article and it is very informative on paper dolls . Thanks for sharing yours . Love them !***
  3. Gillian, 3 months ago
    Those are amazing. When I was quite young there were paper dolls as well. You cut them out and they came with their own paper clothes, that had tabs on them. You cut those out too and would fold the little tabs over the shoulders. Then you doll with her own little wardrobe.

    Thank you for reminding me of them Jim.
  4. Gillian, 3 months ago
    Just noticed this is four years old. I went to the article Belltown posted, very interesting indeed.

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