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Articulated paper toy, articulated paper doll, jointed paper doll, whimsy, hand made paper doll
A truly fanciful fellow with a printed face,and card stock body parts that have been decorated with applied and layered polished and foiled papers. His exaggerated hat has a large applied flower. His bodice begins with pleated paper dickey and velvet bow tie; a crest is applied beneath the dickey.....
paper doll, social history, fashion
A copper engraving cut-out from the February 1872 Peterson's Magazine that has been dressed in both paper and fabric. It is captioned "Fanny's First Flirtation". Sight view 7 3/8" x 6". Housed in period frame which measures 9" x 8" When researching the image an editor's note from Peterson's reads.....
Prang, Leporello, Barnyard Animals, Pastoral
Boston, Massachusetts: L. Prang & Co., 1865. A folding accordion-style (leporello) children's book by Prang, featuring a happy host of barnyard animals including chickens, ducks, a horse, pigs, and a night-hawk. Advertises children's books and Valentines by Prang on lower wrapper. Measures 4.25" by 2.75" folded, approx. 4.25" by 31".....
Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society. 31 pp. Applied marble cover, frontispiece. The story of a group of boys and the devastating effect that can occur when not obeying the gospel. OCLC: 2 (9/7/2016) 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" inscribed, some wear on cover, foxing.
Paper Dolls, Culture and Ethnicity, Social History, Pretend Play
c1840s. A set including two (2) single-sided 6 3/4" female paper dolls and eight (8) costumes depicting regional variances from various nations in Europe. Each of the costumes is lithograph with an egg wash finish. Also includes a 6" x 8 1/2" sheet depicting all eight costumes, again with egg.....
World's fair, business history, American dream, finance, loan
Chicago, IL: Household Finance Corporation, 1933. In 1933 Chicago hosted it second World's Fair in forty years, and it was called "A Century of Progress". It was held at the lake front from June 1st to November 1st in 1933 and May 26th to October 1st in 1934. The 'Household.....
Handmade Paper Doll, Pretend Play, Victorian
1880s. A 7 " well executed handmade papers depicting a fine Victorian lady along with her three costumes, 3 hats and night jacket. A formal white gown, appearing as a wedding gown, and two additional day dresses. Loop tabs on reverse of costume slide over the paper doll to keep.....
Paper Dolls, Made by Hand, Pretend Play, Marie Antoinette, Women's History
c1900. An elegantly designed 6 1/8" handmade watercolor paper doll in the style of Marie Antoinette and her eight (8) elaborately detailed costumes, six (6) with accompanying hats. Predominantly court dresses; one is "playing a guitar". Reverse is blank. "Marie Antoinette paper dolls - Costumes copied from portraits and paintings".....
Made by Hand, Overlay, Fashion & Costume, Women's History
1820s. A finely executed watercolor of a Regency era women with 14 intricately detailed watercolor overlays. Each character is identified by the artist at the upper left. They include Tyrolise A Peasant of Lucerne Consimiere de Bernes Bas Breton A Dutch Peasant A Chinese Lady Joan of Arc A Dutch.....
Original Artwork, Unpublished, Manuscript, Watercolor
United States: 1940s. A rather remarkable manuscript children's book rendering of the story of Snow White, with stunning original watercolor artwork. Watercolors of Snow White and/or the Dwarfs adorn each page. The manuscript is comprised of five thick leaves of large card, perhaps manufactured for albums, secured in the left-hand.....
Domestic Arts, Women's Education, Textiles and Fiber Arts
Scranton, Pennsylvania: Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, 1915-1923. A grouping of five (5) booklets published by the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. The booklets were produced for its students, with each focusing on a different facet of sewing, dress construction, or tailoring. The booklets.....
linen book, Saalfield's Muslin Books, anthropomorphism, nursery books, early learning, This Little Piggy
New York, NY; Akron, OH; Chicago, IL: Saalfield's Publishing Company, 1910. This charming linen book tells the classic finger and toe counting nursery rhyme 'This Little Piggy'. Each page features a line from the rhyme, such as "This little pig has some nice roast beef", with a corresponding colorful illustrations.....
Educational, Morals, Alphabet
Concord: Atwood & Brown, 1837/1839. 16 pp. wrapper. with 14 illustrations. The cover is yellow, and the title page states this is the Seventh Series -- No. 5. The cover states this was published in 1839 in Concord by Boyd & White, while the title page says 1837 in Concord.....
Southern Relief Fund, Civil War, Concerts, Benefit Concerts, Reconstruction, Music, Libraries
[Boston]: 1867. A Grand Concert hosted by the Mercantile Library Association at the Academy of Music for the benefit of the Southern Relief Fund during the Reconstruction Era. Max Maretzek (1821-1897) and his Grand Opera Troupe were headliners. Boston's Mercantile Library Association operated from 1820 until 1952, and was established.....
Circus, Entertainment, Songster, Dime Hand Book, Clowns
New York: N.Y. Popular Pub. Co., . 32 unnumbered pages with hand colored illustrated wraps of circus performers. A wide array of songs. Many with writer's name and copyright year (mostly 1889) Last page and back wrapper promotes Merchant's Oil products. Measures 6.75" by 4.75"
Peter G. Thomson, Paper Dolls, Pretend Play
Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1880s. The paper dolls were part of a series of uncut small format penny paper dolls each with one doll and three costumes with matching hats and a cover. This group includes Alice, Mary Bell, Rhoda, and Sallie. They are all uncut and complete sets. Closed.....
Froebel Kindergarten, History of New York, Social Work, Public Health and Hygiene
New York, New York: Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association, 1908. Fourth Annual Report of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association, featuring a photograph on the upper wrapper of over a dozen schoolchildren and their social workers in front of the Bloomingdale Guild. The organization's purpose was "To raise higher educational and social ideals"; "To.....
religion, Fourth of July
New York: American Tract Society, n.d. 36 pp. Printed soft cover, hand sewn binding, illustrations. Two inscriptions dated 1829 and 1830. Two women, Kitty Potter and Sally Milman, talking of what they will see on the Fourth of July. Sally uses her religious teachings to point out the wrongs that.....
farming] [edgeworth toy] [juvenile
Troy, NY: Merriam & Moore. 12 pp. Illustrated paper cover, wood cut illustrations throughout, frontispiece, "The Edgeworth Toys" Story of a boy, Frank, who learns about farming, flowers, haying, animals, honey bees are highlighted. 6" x 4" pencil inscription, foxing throughout, one stain that has bleed through, cover illustration was colored.
paper dolls,ethnicity, World Tolerance, Indigenous People
New York: Friendship Press, 1933. One of two different Friendship Press paper dolls we are offering. They are Friendship Paper Dolls - United States. Friendship Press, 150 Fifth Avenue. New York. Illustrated by M. Pugh. Copyright 1933 by G.Q. Le Sourd. Each paper doll is a vividly colored depiction of.....
German, anthropomorphic, rabbit, rabbits, bunny, bunnies, hare, hares
1960s. 6pp. Litho on board throughout. German language. A charming story about the trouble three hares get into while their mother is away visiting a friend. The illustrations in the story, while simple, are colorful and whimsical. Measures 7 1/2" x 5" Very minor cover and edge wear...
Camp Fire Girls, Scouts, Youth Groups, Diversity and Inclusion, Women and Friendship
New York, New York: Camp Fire Girls, 1920s. A gathering of nine (9) items from the 1920s relating to an Iowa branch of the youth organization Camp Fire Girls. Highlights include three bound gatherings of typewritten meeting programs with lists of members and officers, as well as a handwritten copy.....
Illustrated Children's Books, Primers
New York, New York: Huestis & Cozans, Between 1842 and 1849. A charming pint-sized illustrated primer produced by Huestis & Cozans, a publisher that operated from 1842 to 1849 (cf. 19th cent. American Children's Book Trade Directory). Includes illustrations of animals, children, and various everyday objects, alongside rhymes and brief.....
religious poetry] [miniature books
New York: American Tract Society, c. 1850. 256 pp. Blind stamped brown cloth hard cover, gilt spine, miniature book, index in back-first by subject then by first lines. Collection of sacred, religious poetry. 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" faintly inscribed "Mrs. Louisa Witson Jan. 22, 1851"