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Child Welfare Early Learning
Growth & Development Pretend Play
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
Ephemera 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. .. 5 Naive 20" Folk Art Paper Dolls - Buster Brown, Robert, Bertha, Nan & Lenora . .Nebraska.1910s
Price: $425.00
Price: $450.00
8" Handmade Watercolor Male Paper Doll named Drake Shelbourne with 11 Costumes & 3 Hats - Contemporary and Historical Attire c1940s. .. 9 Different Picture Story Book Get Well Greeting Cards featuring Activities, Rebus, Inventions Behaviors and More.. ..
Price: $225.00
Price: $200.00
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 . .. Heinz Baby Food Promotional Information - For Your "Star Boarder" - Heinz Baby Foods in Glass!. ..c1940s
Price: $125.00
Price: $55.00
Invisible Guest Dinner, 1921Montclair European Relief Committee, NJ for Czecho-Slovakia Children . Just for You - Jean and Johnnie's Country Holiday, A Story Cut-out Book c1950s w Gender Neutral Paper Doll. 1950s
Price: $35.00
Price: $125.00
Manual Alphabet, used by the Deaf and Dumb; with notices of Laura Bridgman and Julia Brace, who are deaf, dumb and blind. . Kiggins & Kellog.New York.c1850 Mineral Slate Book No. 22. NY Silicate Boock Slate Co..New York,.1897
Price: $85.00
Price: $100.00
Small Advertising Flyer - Joseph and Old Carlos. Turner & Fisher, NY, Keller, Baltimore..1840s The Big Book For Peace Book Cover, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak as a Jigsaw Puzzle.
Price: $90.00
Price: $75.00
The Declaration of Independence Portfolio, Compiled and Published by The Ladies' Patriotic Society Co., . The Ladies' Patriotic Society Co.,.Buffalo, NY.1899 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.
Price: $100.00
Price: $175.00
The Gipsey's Last Legacy, or New Pack of Fortune Telling Cards. Edward Wallis.London.1806 The Mother's Assistant and Child's Friend, July, 1856, Vol. XXXI No. 1 . ..1856
Price: $950.00
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 Eve Arden, Authorized Edition. Saalfield No. 158510..1953
Price: $75.00
Price: $55.00
Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Skating Stars, Whitman 1954 - 3 Dolls. .. Uncle Sam's ABC Book, Printed in Linen, 1897. W.B. Conkey Company.Chicago ; New York.1897
Price: $65.00
Price: $95.00
Victorian Advertising - "So Easy a Child Can Do It". .. [Promotion with Child as Audience] Further Adventures of Jim, John and Jane
Price: $325.00
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 2 Children's Activity Game Greeting Cards featuring Nurses and a Doctor. ..c1950s
Price: $110.00
Price: $45.00
3 3/4” Watercolor Toddler Paper Doll With a Curl in the Middle of Her Forehead... 4 Handmade Watercolor Paper Dolls with a Dolly and Profusion of Costumes, created by Mary Hale Cutler, 1894.
Price: $26.00
Price: $150.00
5" Handmade Paper Doll with 10 Costumes c1870s. .. 6 Fine Lusterware Demitasse Chocolate Child's Set Cups & Saucer
Price: $300.00
Price: $150.00
Lusterware Demitasse Chocolate Child's Set
7” Watercolor paper doll w 15 handmade costumes. C1900. .. A collection of 14 different 'Aesop's Fables revides and Improved by the Fairbank Canning Co. aka 'fractured fables'. ..c1885
Price: $300.00
Price: $225.00
A collection of 18 advertising trade cards promoting educational and entertaining publications for children including periodicals and books. .Multiple locations.1880s A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
Price: $425.00
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. Adomeit, Ruth My Favorite Story Book, with illustrations. Fisher & Bro, Fisher & Denison.Philadelphia, PA.c1850
Price: $300.00
Price: $125.00
An Advertising Booklet for the Children's Series My Bookhouse. The Book House for Children. Chicago. 1920 Angela Tuite Price Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Pretty as a Picture . Saalfield No. 2703..1948
Price: $60.00
Price: $50.00
Anker Steinbaukasten Bilder: Anchor Stone Blocks Anna Letitia Barbauld. Hymns for Children in Prose, by Mrs. Barbauld. S Babock.New Haven, CT.c1837
Price: $60.00
Price: $35.00
Art Tanchon - Illustrator Circus Day - Cut-out Book No. 135.. Stephens Publishing.Sandusky, OH.n.d. c1950s. Au Bon Marche 3D Movable Die-cut Toddler Paper Doll in High Chair with Toy Wheeled Lamb
Price: $50.00
Price: $60.00
Baby's First Book. McLoughlin Brothers.NY.c1890 Bernard H Martin and William L. Martin Jr.. Silver Stallion, Sequel to Lighting: A Cowboy's Colt. Tell Well Press.Kansas City, MO.1949
Price: $35.00
Price: $20.00
Betty Sue clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. slight wear on cover Bonneville Town: Complete Set. 1920s to 1930s.
Price: $70.00
Price: $45.00
Boxed Set - Early Litho Puzzle Blocks or Cubes- Bizarre Imagery - Children Trampled by Animals & Children at War. ..c1860s Bunzlau Children's Songbook No. 3. .Germany.1933
Price: $325.00
Price: $150.00
Burr Wendell. Thoughts of a Young Boy, Four Essays - Summer, Honest, Perseverance and Work. ..c1860s c1700 Dressed Picture Cutwork Mezzotint Engraving with Fabric Background - Iosephus Leopoldus
Price: $100.00
Price: $400.00
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 Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Price: $700.00
Price: $450.00
Child’s Sketch Book Profusion of Children with Hidden Faces, 1884 Childhood Letters of Emily Hockaday Blair (Henrotin). .Missouri.1888-1894
Price: $250.00
Price: $450.00
Collection of 20th Century Paper Dolls used in Fashion Advertising to Children Directly. .United States.1917-1996 Corinne & Bill Bailey . Many Things to Do - Colorful and Delightful. Saalfield.Akron OH.1932
Price: $575.00
Price: $60.00
Dick Jane and Sally Cutouts for Use in Kindergarten and Grade 1. The New Basic Reading Program: Sixties Edition. 1963 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
Price: $150.00
Price: $45.00
Elizabeth T Dillingham The Rabbit Windmill: Joyful Stories for Holidays and Other Days. John C Winston Co.Philadelphia.1930 Embossed Die-cut Paper Toys - Wild Animals - Lion Family & Hyaena
Price: $22.00
Price: $35.00
Faith Jaques Tilly's House . Margaret K. McElderry Book.New York.1979 Fanny's First Flirtation - Dressed Paper Doll. Peterson's Magazine 1872 . ..
Price: $60.00
Price: $450.00
Folky Victorian Toy - String Ball & Wooden Cup Francis L Woodworth Woodworth's Youth Cabinet, Volume 6, No. 1. D A Woodworth.New York.January 1851
Price: $100.00
Price: $22.00
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 Get Well Card featuring removable Superstitious Al-o-ysius. ..1950s
Price: $35.00
Price: $25.00
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.
Harriet T Comstock Andersen's Fairy Tales, retold in words of one syllable. A L Burt Company.New York.1900 Henderson’s Boots and Shoes Adv. Premium “Red School House” Paper Cutout School w People Play Set c1910.
Price: $45.00
Price: $60.00
Henderson’s Boots and Shoes
Ida Bohatta Barli the Ice Bear. ars Edition.New York.1981 Jane Langton Original Art - 2 Watercolor Paper Dolls and Costumes in Stylized 1850s attire. ..
Price: $75.00
Price: $375.00
Jay Kissinger, Jay and Peter Palazzo Bendel's Cut-out Dolls. 1962 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
Price: $110.00
Price: $1,000.00
Ladies of the Sunday Supplements 1895-96 Light - c1940s - A Diorama Created by a 4th Grader
Price: $10.00
Price: $1,100.00
Ladies of the Sunday Supplement - Paper Doll Idenfication Guide
Little Leprechaun Valentine Mechanical Marionette Toy - Raphael Tuck Marmaduke Multiplier. Munroe and Francis.Bsoton.
Price: $175.00
Price: $275.00
Valentine Marionette - Leprechaun
Mary Jane clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. Mary Lee clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll.
Price: $75.00
Price: $75.00
McLoughlin Bros. Dolls With Tissue Dresses - Series No.1 Blond McLoughlin Bros. Dolls With Tissue Dresses - Series No.1 Brunette
Price: $45.00
Price: $45.00
McLoughlin Bertha Blond 1875 Paper Doll McLoughlin Betsey Brunette 1875 Paper Doll
McLoughlin Bros. Game of Bear Hunt Board 1870 Mechanical Valentine Girl Going Fishing for Men or Fish?
Price: $125.00
Price: $20.00
McLoughlin Bros. Game of Bear Hunt Board 1870
Mechanical Hidden Face Valentine - umbrella reveals girl w heart pierced arrow Mechanical Lotto Cards. ..
Price: $28.00
Price: $375.00
Metamorphic Advertising Trade Cards - Children's Health. .. Metamorphic Trade Cards Promoting Products for Children. ..
Price: $300.00
Price: $245.00
Morality Wooden & Litho Jigsaw Puzzle- Anthropomorphic Dog and Fox. n.d. c1860s Mrs. Tom L. Ketchings Mary Ann Takes Part in Confederate Balls Given In Natchez Each Spring . 1940s
Price: $275.00
Price: $100.00
Muriel Nelson d'Auvergne An Anthology of Babyhood. Hutchinson Co.London.1912 My Real Doll House, with Cut-Out and Stand-Up Illustrations and Colored Lithograph. Saalfield Publishing Company.Akron, Ohio.c1910
Price: $22.00
Price: $125.00
My Smallest Doll's Room - Fishery Seaside German c1930 My smallest doll's room - Furnished Nursery with several dolls for dressing and nice toys for same. In six different designs. Germany, c1930s. . ..
Price: $75.00
Price: $125.00
My Smallest Doll's Room
Naive Child's Art - Dog or Sheep or Sheep Dog. .. Oak Hall PictorialOak HallBoston1854
Price: $110.00
Price: $100.00
Onondaga Indian Wigwam Co. Indian Wigwams and Playsuits - Holiday Supplement to Catalogue No. 11. Paper and Scissors in the School Room
Price: $125.00
Price: $135.00
Paper Doll Toy Books c1810-1823 by S. & J. Fuller and Other European Manufacturers Patty Lou clothes and playthings to cut out: A Cut-Out Doll. slight wear on cover
Price: $15.00
Price: $70.00
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
Pelagie Doane Polly Patchwork and her Friends - create your own styles. Peterli rat! c1890s German Lotto Style Counting Game c 1900
Price: $115.00
Price: $40.00
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 Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Price: $95.00
Price: $425.00
Pollys Paper Playmates Promotional Brochure - Table Tennis - The New Indoor Game. Exciting and Entertaining to Adults and Children. ..
Price: $7.00
Price: $65.00
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 Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Price: $250.00
Price: $20.00
Robert Mercy, Uncle Frank, Hiram Hatchet Merry's Museum Parley's Magazine, Woodworth's Cabinet and Schoolfellow. Volume 34, No. 5. J N Stearns & Co..New York.November 1857 Ruth E Adomeit The Happifats Cookbook, Angeleno Doll Club. Angeleno Doll Club.Los Angelos, California.1969
Price: $20.00
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
Small Advertising Flyer - Mary with Her Flowers. B. Bramell.Philadelphia.1835-1851 Spiel und Spass (Play and Fun). ..1950s
Price: $85.00
Price: $85.00
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. 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
Price: $45.00
Price: $50.00
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.
Price: $25.00
Price: $75.00
The Dancing Chinaman—An Amusing Cut-Out 1909, A Jointed Paper Doll
The History of Little Fanny, Exemplified in A Series of Figures, S. and J. Fuller, 1811 The Lord's Prayer: Children's Coloring Book, c1940s. ..c1940s
Price: $350.00
Price: $30.00
The Nursery ChairShepard, Norwell, and Co.Boston The Three Bears Model Cut-outs. England: Philmar Lt., c1930s. Copyright M1/3234.
Price: $35.00
Price: $135.00
Thea Hutchinson Album of Kindergarten Art . ..1895 Thornton Burgess. A Little Bunny Story of Peter Rabbit with Easter Greetings, Rust Craft, c1920s. Rust Craft.Boston, MA.c1920s
Price: $225.00
Price: $40.00
Three Little Pigs Cutouts. Whitman Publishing.Racine Wis..1939 Twinkle: The picture paper specially for little girls
Price: $50.00
Price: $50.00
Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Ann Sheridan w 2 Dolls - Authorized Edition.. Whitman Publ. Co...1944 Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $75.00
Price: $65.00
Uncut 2 Sided Adv. Paper Doll Nestle Products- French - Art Deco 1930s. ..1930s Uncut Bride Paper Doll Sheet No. 0102. McLoughlin.New York.1911-1913
Price: $55.00
Price: $125.00
Uncut Cinderella Paper Doll Sheet No. 0106. McLoughlin.New York.1911-1913 Uncut Handcolored Sheet -2 Jointed Articulated Ethnic Pantin Paper Dolls C. Burckardt
Price: $95.00
Price: $105.00
Uncut Lion Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932 Uncut Sleeping Beauty Paper Doll Sheet No. 0106. McLoughlin.New York.1911-1913
Price: $25.00
Price: $125.00
Uncut Lion Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932
Uncut Sporting Women Paper Doll Set D Sheet No. 0104. McLoughlin.New York.1911-1913 Uncut Zebra Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932
Price: $125.00
Price: $30.00
Uncut Zebra Paper Toy Kitchen Klenzer Circus 1932
Unpunched Boxed Set - Puppet Parade - “The most Fascinating and Beautiful Toy in Existence”, Reed Toy 1943 Victorian Parlor Game Box w Bone Markers, Chenille & Straw Baskets, Hoyle & Whist Rule Books
Price: $200.00
Price: $150.00
Victorian Parlor Game
Walt Disney StudiosMickey Mouse Waddle Book: The Story Book with Characters that Come Out and WalkApplewood Books.Bedford, MA.1992 Who Knows? A Scripture Game. Published by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield, MA.
Price: $35.00
Price: $40.00
Who Knows? A Scripture Game.  Published by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield, MA.
Wir lernen die Uhr! (We Learn the Clock) . ..1950s Wishin' Books Greetings
Price: $45.00
Price: $125.00
Writing Book by Esther Merrill - Imagery of School Children --One with Dunce Cap. L. S. Learned.Cambridgeport, MA.n.d. c1870s
Price: $60.00