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Paper Playthings Paper Doll Indentification Guide
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Child Welfare Early Learning
Rewards of Merit Toy Theatres
Toys Works by Children
Paper Dolls Other Playthings

Over the years, paper dolls have provided much more than countless hours of pleasure for children and adults alike. For centuries children have been making paper dolls by hand; commercial or mass production began in Europe in the early 1800s. Although intended as play things, every aspect of the paper doll provides insight into history, culture and life of the day; from costuming to historical events and political and economical trends. These little playthings are truly a representative slice of history.

Paper Playthings Paper Doll Indentification Guide
Ephemeral or paper playthings or toys.
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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3 Hand Made Paper Dolls w 15 Costumes, A Dog & 2 Cats c1910s. .. 8" Handmade Watercolor Male Paper Doll named Drake Shelbourne with 11 Costumes & 3 Hats - Contemporary and Historical Attire c1940s. ..
Price: $425.00
Price: $225.00
A collection of 16 different Trade Catalogues of Children's Books et al. 1940-1960s. Samuel Lowe Company.Kenosha, Wis. . Body Builder Posters for Coloring, Illustrated by Danny Webster, No. 605. Ideal School Supply Co..Chicago.1932
Price: $500.00
Price: $150.00
Business Card – Arthur A. Waite, Children’s Chalk-talker . ..c1880s Commonplace Book belonging to Jane - Poetry and Verse, Watercolors. ..1830s
Price: $50.00
Price: $650.00
Fairyland Sprites to Paint, Crayon and Cut-out. No 1202 - ABCs, Counting and Paper Dolls. 1930 Hand made Teaching Aids and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Robinson. .Snowhegan, ME.c1950
Price: $150.00
Price: $300.00
Hank Hart Pals on Our Farm. New York,Animated Book Company,1944 . .. Invisible Guest Dinner, 1921Montclair European Relief Committee, NJ for Czecho-Slovakia Children .
Price: $125.00
Price: $35.00
Just for You - Jean and Johnnie's Country Holiday, A Story Cut-out Book c1950s w Gender Neutral Paper Doll. 1950s Small Advertising Flyer - Joseph and Old Carlos. Turner & Fisher, NY, Keller, Baltimore..1840s
Price: $125.00
Price: $90.00
The Big Book For Peace Book Cover, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak as a Jigsaw Puzzle. The Declaration of Independence Portfolio, Compiled and Published by The Ladies' Patriotic Society Co., . The Ladies' Patriotic Society Co.,.Buffalo, NY.1899
Price: $75.00
Price: $100.00
The Dolly Dressmaker, B.B. Ltd. No. 509 Printed in England. C1950s â“ An unusual twist on a paper doll book- Patterns, Swatches and Trim. The Mother's Assistant and Child's Friend, July, 1856, Vol. XXXI No. 1 . ..1856
Price: $175.00
Price: $40.00
The Mother's Assistant and the Young Ladies Friend, January 1855, Vol. IX No. 1. Stone & Halpine..1855 Un-Cut Paper Doll Book - At Our House; Mothers & Daughters, Saalfield 1960s. ..
Price: $40.00
Price: $55.00
Un-Cut Paper Doll Book - Trudy in her Teens, Merrill 1943. .. Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Skating Stars, Whitman 1954 - 3 Dolls. ..
Price: $75.00
Price: $65.00
Uncle Sam's ABC Book, Printed in Linen, 1897. W.B. Conkey Company.Chicago ; New York.1897 [Promotion with Child as Audience] Further Adventures of Jim, John and Jane
Price: $95.00
Price: $130.00
12” Die-cut Embossed Victorian Scrap - Father Christmas Santa Claus 13” Embossed Die-cut Victorian Scrap of Young Boy in Sailor Suit with Fishing Net, Probably Tuck
Price: $250.00
Price: $45.00
13” Embossed Die-cut Victorian Scrap of Young Boy in Sailor Suit with Fishing Net, Probably Tuck
2 1/2” Handmade Paper Doll w 8 Costumes Plus An Apron & A Pinafore c1880s 3 3/4” Watercolor Toddler Paper Doll With a Curl in the Middle of Her Forehead...
Price: $110.00
Price: $26.00
4 Handmade Watercolor Paper Dolls with a Dolly and Profusion of Costumes, created by Mary Hale Cutler, 1894. 5" Handmade Paper Doll with 10 Costumes c1870s. ..
Price: $150.00
Price: $300.00
6 Fine Lusterware Demitasse Chocolate Child's Set Cups & Saucer 7” Watercolor paper doll w 15 handmade costumes. C1900. ..
Price: $150.00
Price: $300.00
Lusterware Demitasse Chocolate Child's Set
A collection of 14 different 'Aesop's Fables revides and Improved by the Fairbank Canning Co. aka 'fractured fables'. ..c1885 A collection of 18 advertising trade cards promoting educational and entertaining publications for children including periodicals and books. .Multiple locations.1880s
Price: $225.00
Price: $425.00
A forty (40) page watercolor sketch book created by a child c 1850s A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
Price: $1,100.00
Price: $500.00
A Loving Gift of Two (2) Handmade c1860s Paper Dolls with Numerous Decorated Paper Costumes Presented as a Valentine to a Young Child A River Story - To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
Price: $400.00
Price: $450.00
A Water Color Chart for honor pupils c1910. An Advertising Booklet for the Children's Series My Bookhouse. The Book House for Children. Chicago. 1920
Price: $300.00
Price: $60.00
Animal Ten Pins- Cover Art Anthropomorphic Rabbit Plays the Back Pipes c1900. . Anker Steinbaukasten Bilder: Anchor Stone Blocks
Price: $400.00
Price: $60.00
Anna Letitia Barbauld. Hymns for Children in Prose, by Mrs. Barbauld. S Babock.New Haven, CT.c1837 Au Bon Marche 3D Movable Die-cut Toddler Paper Doll in High Chair with Toy Wheeled Lamb
Price: $35.00
Price: $60.00
Bernard H Martin and William L. Martin Jr.. Silver Stallion, Sequel to Lighting: A Cowboy's Colt. Tell Well Press.Kansas City, MO.1949 Betty Sue clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. slight wear on cover
Price: $20.00
Price: $70.00
Bonneville Town: Complete Set. 1920s to 1930s. Burr Wendell. Thoughts of a Young Boy, Four Essays - Summer, Honest, Perseverance and Work. ..c1860s
Price: $45.00
Price: $100.00
c1700 Dressed Picture Cutwork Mezzotint Engraving with Fabric Background - Iosephus Leopoldus C1830s Watercolor Overlay Transformation Set – Lovely Woman with Six (6) Overlay Personae in Handcrafted Box
Price: $400.00
Price: $700.00
c1700 Dressed Picture Cutwork Mezzotint Engraving with Fabric Background - Iosephus Leopoldus
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880 Child’s Sketch Book Profusion of Children with Hidden Faces, 1884
Price: $450.00
Price: $250.00
Corinne & Bill Bailey . Many Things to Do - Colorful and Delightful. Saalfield.Akron OH.1932 Dick Jane and Sally Cutouts for Use in Kindergarten and Grade 1. The New Basic Reading Program: Sixties Edition. 1963
Price: $60.00
Price: $150.00
Divided Proverbs, A new, Amusing, and Instructive Game for Everybody, But Especially Intended for Teachers and Students of the English, German, French and Spanish Languages. Published and for sale by The Phonographic Institute, Cincinnati, O. Copyright Elizabeth T Dillingham The Rabbit Windmill: Joyful Stories for Holidays and Other Days. John C Winston Co.Philadelphia.1930
Price: $45.00
Price: $22.00
Embossed Die-cut Paper Toys - Wild Animals - Lion Family & Hyaena Fanny's First Flirtation - Dressed Paper Doll. Peterson's Magazine 1872 . ..
Price: $35.00
Price: $450.00
Folky Victorian Toy - String Ball & Wooden Cup Genevieve BurkeYoung America Serves; This Defend America Coin Savings Book is Designed to Afford Young Americans an Opportunity to Participate Actively in their Country's Defense Program..ca1940's
Price: $100.00
Price: $35.00
String Ball & Wooden Cup
Good Neighbor Paper Dolls. Saalfield Pub. Co.. Akron, OH.1946 Group of 9 Gouache Wentzel (?) Paper French Infantry Soldiers 1870s
Price: $95.00
Price: $115.00
Hand Made Paper Doll Costume w Godey's Cut-out Doll c1860s Hand-crafted Student Notebook created by Esther T. Tuttle - Using Kindergarten Art to Solve Problems -c1920s.
Price: $65.00
Price: $475.00
handmade, paper doll constructed of a cut-out from a c1860s Godey's or Peterson's magazine with a hand made paper skirt with applied coated paper decoration.
Henderson’s Boots and Shoes Adv. Premium “Red School House” Paper Cutout School w People Play Set c1910. Ida Bohatta Barli the Ice Bear. ars Edition.New York.1981
Price: $60.00
Price: $75.00
Henderson’s Boots and Shoes
Jay Kissinger, Jay and Peter Palazzo Bendel's Cut-out Dolls. 1962 Kindergarten Art Album with 40+ Design Pages, each with numerous intricately folded papers, snowflakes, string design and patterned paper weavings
Price: $110.00
Price: $650.00
L. Baum Frank. The Marvelous Land of Oz, Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Scarecrow and Tin Woodman... A Sequel to the Wizard of Oz . Reilly & Britton Co.Chicago.1904 Ladies of the Sunday Supplements 1895-96
Price: $1,000.00
Price: $10.00
Ladies of the Sunday Supplement - Paper Doll Idenfication Guide
Light - c1940s - A Diorama Created by a 4th Grader Little Leprechaun Valentine Mechanical Marionette Toy - Raphael Tuck
Price: $1,100.00
Price: $175.00
Valentine Marionette - Leprechaun
Little Marian. American Sunday School Union.Philadelphia.1878 Mary Jane clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll.
Price: $325.00
Price: $75.00
Mary Lee clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. McLoughlin Bros. Dolls With Tissue Dresses - Series No.1 Blond
Price: $75.00
Price: $45.00
McLoughlin Bertha Blond 1875 Paper Doll
McLoughlin Bros. Dolls With Tissue Dresses - Series No.1 Brunette McLoughlin Bros. Game of Bear Hunt Board 1870
Price: $45.00
Price: $125.00
McLoughlin Betsey Brunette 1875 Paper Doll McLoughlin Bros. Game of Bear Hunt Board 1870
Mechanical Valentine Girl Going Fishing for Men or Fish? Mechanical Hidden Face Valentine - umbrella reveals girl w heart pierced arrow
Price: $20.00
Price: $28.00
Mechanical Lotto Cards. .. Morality Wooden & Litho Jigsaw Puzzle- Anthropomorphic Dog and Fox. n.d. c1860s
Price: $375.00
Price: $275.00
Mrs. Tom L. Ketchings Mary Ann Takes Part in Confederate Balls Given In Natchez Each Spring . 1940s Muriel Nelson d'Auvergne An Anthology of Babyhood. Hutchinson Co.London.1912
Price: $100.00
Price: $22.00
My Real Doll House, with Cut-Out and Stand-Up Illustrations and Colored Lithograph. Saalfield Publishing Company.Akron, Ohio.c1910 My Smallest Doll's Room - Fishery Seaside German c1930
Price: $125.00
Price: $75.00
My Smallest Doll's Room
My smallest doll's room - Furnished Nursery with several dolls for dressing and nice toys for same. In six different designs. Germany, c1930s. . .. Naive Child's Art - Dog or Sheep or Sheep Dog. ..
Price: $125.00
Price: $110.00
Oak Hall PictorialOak HallBoston1854 Onondaga Indian Wigwam Co. Indian Wigwams and Playsuits - Holiday Supplement to Catalogue No. 11.
Price: $100.00
Price: $125.00
Paper and Scissors in the School Room Paper Doll Toy Books c1810-1823 by S. & J. Fuller and Other European Manufacturers
Price: $135.00
Price: $15.00
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
Patty Lou clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. slight wear on cover Pelagie Doane Polly Patchwork and her Friends - create your own styles.
Price: $70.00
Price: $115.00
Peterli rat! c1890s German Lotto Style Counting Game c 1900 Play Time - The Playtime Unit of the How and Why Program of Child Mental Development.. 1949
Price: $40.00
Price: $95.00
Peterli rat! c1890s German Lotto Style Counting Game c 1900
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book Pollys Paper Playmates
Price: $425.00
Price: $7.00
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
Rebus Puzzle Card – a Rhyme for the Children Remembrances of Spain Litho on Wood Jigsaw Puzzle.
Price: $95.00
Price: $275.00
Reward of Merit Rewards of Merit, Premium Award for Regular Attendance and Good Deportment, 1856. Andrus, Gauntell & Company.Ithaca, NY.1856
Price: $35.00
Price: $30.00
Robert Bezucha Let's Play House - 3 Rooms with Complete Furnishings . Whitman.Racine WI.1932 Ruth E Adomeit The Happifats Cookbook, Angeleno Doll Club. Angeleno Doll Club.Los Angelos, California.1969
Price: $250.00
Price: $85.00
Sally Ann clothes and playthings to cut out: A cut-out doll. Set of 5 Die-cut Alpine Figures with Horse & Donkey Decorated for a Festival c1900
Price: $70.00
Price: $75.00
Set of 5 Die-cut Alpine Figures with Horse & Donkey Decorated for a Festival c1900
Set of Mechanical Valentines - Girl Polishing her Nails, Boy Brushing his hair. Is this a Valentine Date? Shirley Goulden. Tales from Hans Anderson Retold by Shirley Goulden. Grosset & Dunlap Inc.New York.c1960s
Price: $20.00
Price: $25.00
Sunday School Centenary Offering 1866 Dickinson College - In Original Box. Susie Goes Shopping, Lowe #5803. Lowe. 1958
Price: $110.00
Price: $40.00
Tallyit - Fun with Numbers - Image of Magician standing on Cards tossing "Tally Totals" in the Air. Thames Tunnel Peep Show Sold in the Tunnel c1851.
Price: $45.00
Price: $1,000.00
The Brimful Book, Mother Goose Animals A.B.C. illustrated by Eulalie, C. M. Burd and G & D Haumann. Platt adn Munk Co Inc.New York.1939 The Dancing Chinaman—An Amusing Cut-Out 1909, A Jointed Paper Doll
Price: $50.00
Price: $25.00
The Dancing Chinaman—An Amusing Cut-Out 1909, A Jointed Paper Doll
The Death of Poor Cock Robin - Compliments of The Crawford Syndicate (Home Furnishing Establishments)New York State. The History of Little Fanny, Exemplified in A Series of Figures, S. and J. Fuller, 1811
Price: $75.00
Price: $350.00
The Lord's Prayer: Children's Coloring Book, c1940s. ..c1940s The Nursery ChairShepard, Norwell, and Co.Boston
Price: $30.00
Price: $35.00
The Three Bears Model Cut-outs. England: Philmar Lt., c1930s. Copyright M1/3234. Thornton Burgess. A Little Bunny Story of Peter Rabbit with Easter Greetings, Rust Craft, c1920s. Rust Craft.Boston, MA.c1920s
Price: $135.00
Price: $40.00
Topsy Turvey Black & White Rag doll 1920s Black Americana Twinkle: The picture paper specially for little girls
Price: $45.00
Price: $50.00
Topsy Turvey Black & White Rag doll
Uncut 2 Sided Adv. Paper Doll Nestle Products- French - Art Deco 1930s. ..1930s Uncut Handcolored Sheet -2 Jointed Articulated Ethnic Pantin Paper Dolls C. Burckardt
Price: $55.00
Price: $105.00
Uncut Lion Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932 Uncut Warner's Corsets Advertising Paper Doll - Dolly's Trunk - Scarce. ..
Price: $25.00
Price: $175.00
Uncut Lion Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932
Uncut Zebra Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932 Unpunched Boxed Set - Puppet Parade - “The most Fascinating and Beautiful Toy in Existence”, Reed Toy 1943
Price: $30.00
Price: $200.00
Uncut Zebra Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932
Victorian Parlor Game Box w Bone Markers, Chenille & Straw Baskets, Hoyle & Whist Rule Books Vintage Wooden Slat Doll Bed w Doll Quilt Mattress & More
Price: $150.00
Price: $30.00
Victorian Parlor Game Wooden Slat Doll Bed w Doll Quilt Mattress
Walt Disney StudiosMickey Mouse Waddle Book: The Story Book with Characters that Come Out and WalkApplewood Books.Bedford, MA.1992 Watercolor Prototype for Paper Doll Book – The TWINS in the Garden & on the Farm cut-out Book 1940s-50s . ..
Price: $35.00
Price: $275.00
Who Knows? A Scripture Game. Published by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield, MA. Wishin' Books Greetings
Price: $40.00
Price: $125.00
Who Knows? A Scripture Game.  Published by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield, MA.
Writing Book by Esther Merrill - Imagery of School Children --One with Dunce Cap. L. S. Learned.Cambridgeport, MA.n.d. c1870s
Price: $60.00