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2 Children's Activity Game Greeting Cards featuring Nurses and a Doctor. ..c1950s
2 Children's Activity Game Greeting Cards featuring Nurses and a Doctor. ..c1950s
Price: $45.00

Two (2) different children's greeting cards; one a birthday card puch out nurse and hospital room scene and the other a get well card with a punch out game, featuring a nurse and a doctor.Largest 7" x 5" when folded. .
Junior Joys for Girls & Boys - Women's Work Calendar and Little Polly Flinders Paper Doll
Junior Joys for Girls & Boys - Women's Work Calendar and Little Polly Flinders Paper Doll
Price: $45.00

A 14 3/4" x 10 1/2"  children's page from People's Popular Magazine.  It is the Junior Joys for Girls and Boys.  This is the Girl's page.  It features the story of The Sad Bird-House and a 5 1/2" x 2 3/4" "jolly calendar" for little girls to trace or draw outlining women's work by day of the week i.e. Monday is wash day, Tuesday is ironing day.  At the base of the page is Polly Flinders, a 1 3/4" paper doll with 3 outfits and a doll plus a  she also has an anthropomorphic or dressed bird with a sinlge outfit.  Edge wear and toning.
 Be a Li'l Miss Designer Dressmaking Kit No. 898. Neptune Plastics, Inc..Brooklyn.c1960
Be a Li'l Miss Designer Dressmaking Kit No. 898. Neptune Plastics, Inc..Brooklyn.c1960
Price: $50.00

An unused  large format book titled  Be a Li'l Miss Designer - With this revolutionary new Colorful Self-Sticking Plastic Dressmaking Kit - No Glue No Sewing No Mess! Manufactured by Neptune Plastics, Inc. Brooklyn 16, NY.No. 898. Includes 4 different colors, 6 different styles (patterns), one 13" Model Doll that stands by itself, 4 storage bags for parts and many additional suggestions.  "Unlimited Hours of Fun for Girls of Every Age"  When opened the inside cover depict images of the various models and instructions.  Affixed with plastic spirals at center is a plastic wrapped card that includes the doll, the patterns and the material including ruffled trim pieces.  The back cover further promotes the product  Instructions on reverse read "Choose your outfit -- cut out paper pattern - cut plastic to shape of pattern -- cut ruffles to size.  Dress model with self-sticking clothes and ruffles. Dolls include Miss Holland, Miss Hawaii, Miss Western and Miss America.  Measures 13 1/4" x 10 1/2". .
 Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Eve Arden, Authorized Edition. Saalfield No. 158510..1953
Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Eve Arden, Authorized Edition. Saalfield No. 158510..1953
Price: $55.00

Smart costumes for the statuesque actress for various roles she played.12 5/8" x 10 3/4".  Number of Dolls:2.  Doll Size: 11 1/2"<. No of Costume Pages: 4.
 Home Play and Play Equipment for the Preschool Child . Children's Bureau Publication, No. 238 (US Dept. of Labor)..
Home Play and Play Equipment for the Preschool Child . Children's Bureau Publication, No. 238 (US Dept. of Labor)..
Price: $55.00

A 22pp booklet with illustration of children at play on cover promotes play as a way of learning. Contents includes Play a way of learning - playing along, with other children, Parties and Christmas, Imitative play, Pretending, Training the senses; Play equipment - Toys, Books and pictures and Outdoor play equipment; Suggestions for further reading.  The Outdoor equipment section includes diagrams and instructions on constructing a sand box, play plank and sawhorse, swing and climbing bar, and finally swing, rings and trapeze.  Back cover depicts image from photograph of children at play with a sand box, play planks, a packing box and a wagon. Measures 9 1/4" x 6". .
Burges Johnson Pictorial Review Theater - Cut-out Play No. IV - Cinderella with narrative and stage instructions.. Pictorial Review.New York.Feb. 1914
Burges Johnson Pictorial Review Theater - Cut-out Play No. IV - Cinderella with narrative and stage instructions.. Pictorial Review.New York.Feb. 1914
Price: $65.00

Two (2) 16" x 11" sheets from the Feb. 1914 edition of  Pictorial Review.  Grace G. Drayton Illustrator. The first page is seven (7) captioned characters from Cinderella to be cut out.  Self stands. On the previous page is the narrative for “Cinderella - A Story Play to Accompany the Cut-out Pictures on the Opposite Page”.  Written in two scenes with extensive dialogue and stage directions for each character.  This is followed by a note beginning Dear Children: Here is your chance to play "Cinderella" in a real theater, with Actor people to move about on a real stage"...   The reverse of the character page  has an advertisement and instructions on how to acquire the actually Pictorial Review theater for the price of One Dollar.. Irregular margins.
Ethel Hays (illustrator) Cinderella Paper Dolls. Saalfield.Akron OH.1950
Ethel Hays (illustrator) Cinderella Paper Dolls. Saalfield.Akron OH.1950
Price: $80.00

Measures 12 1/2" x 10 3/4" with four (4) 7 1/2" paper dolls on the back cover - Cinderella, Prince Charming and the not so ugly step-sisters.  Note the Cinderella on the front cover looks like a statuesque movie star.  Six (6) costume pages with costumes for Cinderella before and after, her step-sisters and the prince  and of course an array of slippers with "question marks". .
French Paper Dolls - Pauline Baby and Annete. McLoughlin Bros..New York.1895
French Paper Dolls - Pauline Baby and Annete. McLoughlin Bros..New York.1895
Price: $100.00

A 7 1/4" cut-out two-sided Annette the nurse paper doll and baby Pauline.  In original envelope with additional two-sided costume a cloak for baby Pauline.   Printed on heavy stock.  Note that these are only so-called "French Paper" doll, just an advertising promotion by McLoughlin of a nurse in French regional attire.  The set is believed to be complete. See Howard pg. 191..
Boston Post Sunday Supplement - Camping Out in the Main Woods - A Panorama. American Lithographic Co..New York.1996
Boston Post Sunday Supplement - Camping Out in the Main Woods - A Panorama. American Lithographic Co..New York.1996
Price: $100.00

An unusual uncut light card stock single-fold 9 5/8" x 21" (when open flat) supplement to the Boston Sunday Post.   It depicts a 7" x 10 1/4" background scene of the wilderness camp with a man who looks to be Theodore Roosevelt standing at the side. Includes three (3) pieces to apply including a piece of background to produce a 3-D panorama, a tent and a campfire with two men.   The reverse is blank. .
Mother Goose CutOut Picture Book . National Art Co. .New York.c1930s
Mother Goose CutOut Picture Book . National Art Co. .New York.c1930s
Price: $115.00

A four leaf book including the covers. Wraps  Images of Little Bo Peep on the front and Little Red Ridinghood on the back.  The inside covers of have the Little Bo Peep rhyme and story of Litte Red Ridinghood.  A costume page for each character. Directions included.   The head of the Bo-Peep on cover is die-cut for proper placement of the costumes.  Each has die-cuts for costume tab placement.  Measures 13 3/4" x 7 1/2".  .
My smallest doll's room - Furnished Nursery with several dolls for dressing and nice toys for same. In six different designs. Germany, c1930s.. ..
My smallest doll's room - Furnished Nursery with several dolls for dressing and nice toys for same. In six different designs. Germany, c1930s. . ..
Price: $125.00

An uncut four-fold paper doll set with its original envelope. It is the Furnished Nursery with Several Dolls for Dressing and nice toys for same. It is one of six different designs for the My Smallest Doll's Room. Made in Germany 10300. When uncut measures 3 ¼” x 13 ½”. The two fold scene has six "slit marks" for placement of the dolls, their costumes and accessories. light toning on envelope
Gretchen's Home. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Gretchen's Home. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Price: $125.00

A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a quasi-tudor style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Gretchen to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913.
3 Cabinet photos - Interior and Exterior of a doll house. ..c1900
3 Cabinet photos - Interior and Exterior of a doll house. ..c1900
Price: $145.00

Two (2) 5" x 7" cabinet cards. The first depicts the exterior of a doll house complete with mom and dad and children at play.  The second depicts the interior with furnishings and characters.  It appears dad is about to fetch a pail of coal..
Violet Moore Higgins The Magic Circus. Stanton & VanVliet Co..Chicago .1918
Violet Moore Higgins The Magic Circus. Stanton & VanVliet Co..Chicago .1918
Price: $150.00

64 pp. Applied litho on board. Four (4) full color page paper doll or circus animal cutout and characters including Molly May Fall, The Ringmaster, Tik and Tok and many others. Four (4) full color page paper doll or circus animal cutout and characters including Molly May Fall, The Ringmaster, Tik and Tok and many others. All of the illustrations are in tact for this copy. The printed cardboard pages are dispersed throughout the book, each containing two to three characters and accessories. There are instructions for any assembly needed in order to put the character together. There are also easels provided at the back of the book with further instructions, they are also all in tact. Also includes full page black and white illustrations.  OCLC - None found (Sept. 2018). While the author wrote and illustrated this story, she is generally more known as an illustrator. She lent her skills to various comic strips and other children's books.
Illustrated by Fern Bisel Peat Let's Play Store No. 971. Saalfield Pub. Co..Akron, OH.1933
Illustrated by Fern Bisel Peat Let's Play Store No. 971. Saalfield Pub. Co..Akron, OH.1933
Price: $150.00

Grocery store themed punch out activity book activity. 7 pages of grocery store pieces and 206 total pieces that, when assembled, create a complete grocery store including produce, shelves, money, customers, and more. Each character and food stand has a corresponding easel back stand  Characters include the Store Keeper, a child with a hat, a boy and a woman. A myriad of tiny display pieces to help develop fine motor skills including tiny box, jar and bundle facsimiles to be placed on shelves.  Measures  10" x 13 1/2". .
Chiquita's House. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Chiquita's House. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Price: $150.00

A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a Spanish style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Chiquita to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913.
Nancy Pritchard White Nursery Rhyme Puppet Book. Jack Built Toy Mf'g Co..Los Angeles.1957
Nancy Pritchard White Nursery Rhyme Puppet Book. Jack Built Toy Mf'g Co..Los Angeles.1957
Price: $175.00

An 11" x  13" litho on press board spiral bound book.  Edited and Illustrated by Florence and Bob Dalton,   There is  one die-cut stage page with proscenium on the front  and directions  for use on the reverse or “the behind the scenes”.  There are also eight (8) quarter page nursery rhymes pages with the verse on the left pages and an image of the backs of the heads of the audience on the right.  The stage is designed with three slots to insert the base of the stick puppets.  It includes 16 stick actors and prop puppets with a die-cut  character(s) on top of each stick. They are stored in captioned slots on the inside front cover that also displays instructions.  .  The verses include Little Miss Muffett, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Jack Be Nimble, Georgie Porgie, Little Bo-Peep, and Hey, Diddle Diddle.  Night scene on back inside cover.    . Scuffing and surface wear. Complete.
Fern Bisel Peat The 8 Ages of Judy. Lowe.Kenosha, WI.1941
Fern Bisel Peat The 8 Ages of Judy. Lowe.Kenosha, WI.1941
Price: $175.00

A 13 1/2" x 11 1/2" uncut paper doll book with seven (7) different paper dolls.  Each of the punch out dolls with age appropriate accessories depicts Judy at a different age. .Eight (8) pages of costumes.  Each page and doll page with printed signature Fern Bisel Peat.   Light edge weaer..
Palmistry. Unknown Publisher..1880s
Palmistry. Unknown Publisher..1880s
Price: $200.00

Pressed board paper covered box with applied label of an open palm with the title Palmistry.  Includes four (4) identical playing cards, each with numbers from 1-100 printed on the palm and number tokens from 1-100. Additionally it includes a 4pp instruction booklet (see introductory note below) with Directions for play that entails drawing numbers and telling ones fortune.  The game may be played by 1-4 players.  Following the directions is the list of 100 fortunes ranging from 1 - You have a strong will to 28- You will solicit advertisements for a last years almanac to 66- A good whistler and 99 - You are given to kissing.  Box measures 4 3/4" x 6 1/8". . The game is founded upon the so called science of Palmistry. Many of the references are in accord with its teachings, the others are introduced to add amusement.
 A 6 3/4" Handmade Watercolor Paper Doll w 9 Costumes & 5 Hats. ..c1910s
A 6 3/4" Handmade Watercolor Paper Doll w 9 Costumes & 5 Hats. ..c1910s
Price: $225.00

A 6 3/4" young woman paper doll with day dresses,party dresses and a night gown,  The five (5) outfits with hats are a mixture of day and evening wear.  One of the outfits is a coat with a ruffled base.  Two dresses with intact tears that have been reinforced with archival tape.  Three tabs lacking; otherwise fine.  Reverse is blank..
 Photo Album - Colonial Afternoon in Honor of George Washington Bicentennial. .Franklin, MA.1832
Photo Album - Colonial Afternoon in Honor of George Washington Bicentennial. .Franklin, MA.1832
Price: $250.00

A 16 page photo album.  Wrappers. Second Grade, Thayer School.  With  seven (7) original mounted photographs of children and teachers dressed in "colonial" attire; some with powdered wigs.  One photo is a class shot with a young man presumably Washington with a tricon hat at center.  another depicts the children dancing a minuet.  Another with Colonial women knitting in front of a giant American flag.; Betsy Ross holding the 13 colony flag and much more. Photos measure 5" x 7". .
Set of Six (6) Diorama Cards to Familiarize Children people from other lands. .Japan.c1926
Set of Six (6) Diorama Cards to Familiarize Children people from other lands. .Japan.c1926
Price: $250.00

Translation from the card depicting Japanese children:  If we sail to the east from Japan, we shall find America: in the west, lies China.  So there are many countries around us.  This card-game consists of a set of six cards which represent six countries.  Little Friends! Please paint all of them with colours and use them for your play as a game of traveling and visiting. The nations of the world are different from each other in customs, habits and languages, but they are the family of God. We are brothers and sisters.  Let us become good friends.   The set includes six (6) 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards with a color illustration at top of children in their native attire and surroundings from Japan, China, Italy, Russian, Holland and America. Printed signature of illustrator "Mitaniko" (?) bottom right of each image.  Beneath the image is a narrative written in Japanese that describes each country and its customs in a couple of sentences. A complete translation is included with the set.  Additionally the are black and white die-cut characters and scenes corresponding to the images on the cards. Once the child would have painted the scenes and characters it was the intent to create six (6) little dioramas, each fold out scene card has two slots and all of the characters have self stands at the base allowing the child to move them about while engaging in play.  Found in original sleeve with original paper packaging actually mailed from Japan.   The scenes have not been colored. A charming play set intended to familiarize children with peoples of other lands..
Corinne and Bill Bailey (illustrators) Fashion Shop Paper Dolls. Saalfield.Akron OH.1937
Corinne and Bill Bailey (illustrators) Fashion Shop Paper Dolls. Saalfield.Akron OH.1937
Price: $265.00

The front cover is a die-cut window exposing the fashion dolls on the next page through the windows.   Note the awning lifts to allow the book to open.  The first page is heavy card stock and has the three (3) punch-out models Henry, Marie and Cecile and three (3) additional models Phyllis, Donna and Annette on the inside back page.  There arey four (4) costume pages at in the center of the book laid out as though they were displays in a boutique.  The back cover includes a mannequin and two (2) display heads for displaying hats. All one would need to set up shop.  Measures 12 1/2" x 10 1/2". .
Ruth Upham (Illustrator) Walking Paper Doll Family. Saalfield No. 1074.Akron OH.1934
Ruth Upham (Illustrator) Walking Paper Doll Family. Saalfield No. 1074.Akron OH.1934
Price: $300.00

A rather unusual uncut book with an affluent family of six, plus a nurse for the children and Bim the cat and Pal the dog.   Each of the punch-out characters  has only one leg attached with a second to be attached according to instructions using a needle and thread.  This allows the dolls to both "stand alone" and "walk".  Total of three (3) character pages and four (4) costume pages.   All of the costumes and accessories were designed to give the appearance of wealth and privilege  to the degree of each child's costume is holding a different toy.  Unique in many ways the characters are quite tall, Father is 15" tall.  The book measures 15 3/4" x 10". .
 Movie Theatre for 'Fighting with Buffalo Bill', A Package of Fun and Entertainment for Children. Jacobsen Hodgkinson Corporation.New York.c1926
Movie Theatre for 'Fighting with Buffalo Bill', A Package of Fun and Entertainment for Children. Jacobsen Hodgkinson Corporation.New York.c1926
Price: $300.00

An uncut paper movie theatre with the characters from "Fighting with Buffalo Bill" a 1926 American Western film serial (totaling over four hours) staring Wallace MacDonald, Edmund Cobb and Elsa Benham.  The paper theatre consists of the original carrying envelope, a movie theatre set with a curtain, a landscape  background, one sheet of characters, and one single fold instruction page that includes a verse about men roaming the plains. On the character sheet there nine characters that one can cut out a and fold at the dotted line in order to make them stand on their own. Of these nine characters, four stand-alone men, one stand-alone woman, three men on horses (two of which are Native Americans) and one man standing behind a teepee. The scenes and curtains are in black and white. The characters are black and white images from photographs, presumably of the characters from the movie.  The envelope the movie theatre comes in, incorrectly states that there are 10 characters to play with. This was presumably a printing mistake as the 10 has been crossed out and a 9 was written in. 4 black and white pages, all pages are uncut. Measures 12 3/4" x 10 1/2". Unfortunately this film is now considered to be 'lost film' (a film that is no longer known to exist in any studio archive, private collection, or public archive).
 Boxed Set - Little Friends. Socolu, (S* C) No. 407.Germany.c1930s
Boxed Set - Little Friends. Socolu, (S* C) No. 407.Germany.c1930s
Price: $350.00

An 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" litho on pressed board box titled "Little Friends" with acute accents instead of dots on the "i"s.  Cover illustration depicts children at play, with one child particularly protective of her doll as others look on. Includes three (3) of four (4) unused 6" paper dolls with costumes and accessories.  All are die-cut with original connective ladders in place.  The Dolls are A, C, and D.  Each costume and accessory is coded on the tab to indicate which accessories go with with costume.  .
2 finely executed paper dolls with 2 costumes and 2 hats done after 1850s Brave Boy and Little Girl . All Two-sided.. ..c1940s
2 finely executed paper dolls with 2 costumes and 2 hats done after 1850s Brave Boy and Little Girl . All Two-sided.. ..c1940s
Price: $375.00

A 7 3/4" male and slightly shorter female two-sided paper dolls.  They are drawn in the style of the Brave Boy and the Little Girl  He in dashing finery with a sword and feathered hat, she in her outing attire with her dog at her side.  Both with creative license, but well executed in the style of. .
Boxed Set - Au Bon Marche - Vehicles with Children Les Enfants en Voiture (4 Equipage Varies)
Boxed Set - Au Bon Marche - Vehicles with Children Les Enfants en Voiture (4 Equipage Varies)
Price: $450.00

A 4" x 6 1/4"  box with applied litho label.  It includes four (4) different easelback litho on card carts being pulled by animals.  The carts are designed to "seat" (paper slates on reverse) two (2) children each.  There are a total of eight(8) children. Can be arranged in any order.   Each cart with animals approx. 5 1/2" long.
Doris Davey after Helen Waite My Dolly's Home (a paper doll house with characters). Arts and General Publishers Ltd..London.1921
Doris Davey after Helen Waite My Dolly's Home (a paper doll house with characters). Arts and General Publishers Ltd..London.1921
Price: $450.00

12 pp. story. 26 leaves "doll house". 2 leaves characters to cut. Applied litho on board. Illustrated by Margarethe Stannard. A charming  interactive children's book.  Begins with  a 12 pp story titled Betty's Adventure - The Story of My Dolly's Home". A story of Betty, her mother, her nannie and Betty's Birthday doll Priscilla.  The story also references the character's to be used "In Dolly's Home". This story with relevant in-text black and white illustrations is the basis for pretend play associated with the 26 leaf "house" that follows printed in full color with illustrations on both sides.   Fine design with die-cut pages and die-cuts within a page. Most of the pages are a room or yard scene and include a door that opens to the next page.  The last two leaves of the book are the uncut characters to cut-out and interact with the house including Cook, Alice, Nurse, and Dolly's family and her dearest friends including her self, parents, brother and cat and dog.  Dolly's Home is rather elaborate - gated with a fountain,  formal parlors, play rooms, dining room, nursery, a crochet field and much more.  The inside back cover has an applied envelop for placing the characters once they have been cut.  Measures 9" x 11 3/4"..
Paper Dolls and How to Make Them . Anson D.F. Randolph.New York.1856
Paper Dolls and How to Make Them . Anson D.F. Randolph.New York.1856
Price: $500.00

This how to book was aimed at the fairly new phenomena of paper dolls. 22 pages, followed by multiple plates, some colored, designed to be copied to make dolls and clothing. Brown cloth with title imprinted in gilt on cover. The majority of the book is text written for a young girl, with instructions on constructing their very own paper doll, from suggestion of materials to make the dolls, to ways to adhere various items. Of the original eight plates that were included with the book, three remain, Plate l, Plate II and Plate VI. 5" x 7". .
Uncut Lithograph Sheet - Les Toilettes Du Bebe - Boxed  Paper Doll set
Uncut Lithograph Sheet - Les Toilettes Du Bebe - Boxed Paper Doll set
Price: $650.00

A 19 1/2" x 25 1/2" uncut sheet for the litho associated with Les Toilettes Du Bebe.  The cover art depicts a scene of 5 children,mother and nanny playing with paper dolls, is labeled "Les Toilettes du Bebe", Also includes  two 6 1/2" two-sided paper dolls with ten (10) two-sided numbered costumes, hats and wigs.  All with egg wash finish. Several of the costumes feature detail of the child clasping a toy or doll. The cover image is signed B. Collbert (Colibert?),lithographed by Jannin,and published by the premiere French game maker Saussine.
Anon. The History of Little Fanny Exemplified in A Series of Figures. S. & J. Fuller.Temple of Fancy, London.1811, Seventh Edition
Anon. The History of Little Fanny Exemplified in A Series of Figures. S. & J. Fuller.Temple of Fancy, London.1811, Seventh Edition
Price: $950.00

Wraps. 15pp. Each page is a different scene to follow the story of the fall and repentance of Little Fanny. Each scene has a costume.   A single head and neck is moved from scene to scene. All costumes present. Includes two (2) watercolor hats (made at a later date).  Includes the original slip case.  Measures 5" x 4'.. come all ye little ones, and quick draw near. A gift I offer for the approaching year. A little doll who boasts a pretty face, And wondrous strange! her clothes a moral trace"
Anon. Manuscript Adaptation of The History of Little Fanny . ..c1810s
Anon. Manuscript Adaptation of The History of Little Fanny . ..c1810s
Price: $1,650.00

Wraps. 8 pages. Each page is a different scene from the original book of the History of Little Fanny, Exemplified in A Series of Figures. This manuscript adaptation paraphrases the original toy  book with different original watercolor costume for each scene.  it focuses on the morality lessons.  A single head and neck is moved from scene to scene. Includes five (5) of the seven (7).  Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". . come all ye little ones, and quick draw near. A gift I offer for the approaching year. A little doll who boasts a pretty face, And wondrous strange! her clothes a moral trace"
The Lady of London or Newest English Doll of Fashion. ..c1840s
The Lady of London or Newest English Doll of Fashion. ..c1840s
Price: $5,500.00

A fine large format paper doll set comprises of two (2) applied color lithograph on stock die-cut paper dolls measuring 10 5/8" and 11".  Similar in appearance, adorned in matching undergarments but with their heads and bodies tilted in opposite directions. Reverse is blank with yellow backing paper.  Accompanied by twelve (12) elaborately designed costumes with eggwash finish.  Also includes five (5) mantles and five (5) hats.  Doll 1. has five (5) costumes and Doll 2. has seven (7).  The costumes are backed in plain paper with a slit at the top to allow proper placement of the doll in the costume. Also includes two (2) wooden stands.  Housed in a 13 3/4" x 10 1/4" pressed board box with applied litho and an elaborate applied cover label depicting the women and their two (2) children visiting an older women, presumably a grandmother, perhaps the women are sisters accounting for their similar appearance. Also not that each doll has a costume that includes a child seen in the cover litho.  The title of the set is printed on the cover litho in English, French, German and Italian. A fine and scarce set. Maker unknown. .