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Paper Doll Identification Guides - Each guide focuses on a particular genre, geographic location, era and/or maker of paper dolls. It includes a brief introductory history or narrative, photo images of the paper dolls with captions and/or brief descriptions. The intent of the guide is to provide the reader with ready means of identifying a particular paper doll or costume. The guides are available for sale by download below.



These guides are also helpful in ordering - Collection Completers (individual paper dolls, costumes and hats for sale that you may be the pieces needed to complete your set).
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polly's paper playmate, paper doll identification guide, eclectibles, paper dolls, paper americana, ephemera, paper toy, menus, travel americana, children's books, valentines, documents, correspondence
Pollys Paper Playmates
Price: 7.00

This item is available for download only.  It is a 6 page guide:


Paper Doll Identification Guide – POLLY’S PAPER PLAYMATE
Excerpt from A Picture Book of PAPER DOLLS AND PAPER TOYS by Barbar Whitton Jendrick
“In 1910 and 1911, The Boston Post, The Baltimore American, The New York Sunday American and The Public Ledger presented the children of their readers with a delightful series called Polly’s Paper Playmates.
Ladies of the Sunday Supplement - Paper Doll Idenfication Guide
Ladies of the Sunday Supplements 1895-96
Price: 10.00

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Introduction courtesy of Cynthia Erfurt Musser, Precious Paper Dolls pg. 30
In 1895, The Boston Herald and a number of other newspapers began a series of paper dolls to promote the sale of fashion patterns and increase their Sunday circulation.  This series has often been referred to as the “Boston Herald Ladies” because it was first researched in that newspaper.  The early costumes were numbered and dated but as the series continued, it appears that not every newspaper used all of the supplements,
S. & J. Fuller, paper toy, books,  little fanny, little henry, paper doll identification guide, eclectibles, paper dolls, paper americana, ephemera, paper toy, menus, travel americana, children's books, valentines, documents, correspondence
Paper Doll Toy Books c1810-1823 by S. & J. Fuller and Other European Manufacturers
Price: 15.00

This item is available for download only. It is a 26 page guide:
 

The commercial production of paper dolls in Europe began in the 1790s with such dolls as “Englische Puppe" by Stahl in Nuremberg. The phenomenon caught on and was soon embraced by S. & J. Fuller, a London firm that operated a retail establishment dealing in paper products including paper novelties. The shop was known as the Temple of Fancy (see image at back of guide).

In 1810 S. & J. Fuller produced a small book, with a moral story accompanied by a series of hand colored little boys in various costumes corresponding to the story.