Vintage Paperdolls, 1940's and 1950's Movies
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At some time or
another many doll collectors wander off into the world of Vintage
Paperdolls. It may only be a brief encounter, sometimes limited to
the dolls we recognize from childhood. For the collector with a
limited amount of space and a strong drive to acquire, paper dolls
are now more accessible than ever.
There are those
dedicated to the pristine uncut books found in their original
And then there are
paper dolls for the child at heart............cut by a playmate of
another era........and preserved in drawers, books, chests, and boxes
where they were placed for "safe keeping".
It is somewhat of a
miracle that so many are found with their tiny cut accessories and
As children, we cut the figures out of the Montgomery Ward catalog, the Sunday funny papers and any other magazine that was discarded by our parents. We were the generation that escaped to the movies on a Friday night to watch brilliant Technicolor images the beautiful stars of the 1940s and 1950s created.
Many of these
celebrities were published as paper dolls with elaborate costumes and
the daytime fashions of this era.
Get comfortable.............and we'll look at a few.
They will not be in
chronological order as they will be added to this site as they are
GeneTierney paper doll
Gene Tierney starred in many movies, but my favorites are "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) and "The Razor's Edge" (1946) with Tyrone Powers.
Here is the Piper Laurie paper doll
Published by Merrill 1953
Although the younger generation will remember her in "Carrie".....I loved her in "Son of Ali Baba" (1952) with Tony Curtis and as a contortionist who wiggled through bars on a window in "The Prince Who Was A Thief " (1951).
Ava Gardner paper
Published by Whitman
Sultry actress who
co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in "The Barefoot Contessa"
(1954) and Clark Gable in "Mogambo" (1953). My favorite is
her portrayal as the tragic Julie in the 1951 musical "Show
Boat" with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson
Betty Fields paper
Published by Saalfield 1943
In 1956 she
portrayed the bus stop proprietress in the Marilyn Monroe movie "Bus
Stop." She alternated between Broadway and Hollywood from the
1930s to the 1960s. Another notable movie was "Picnic" with
William Holden and Kim Novak (1955). In 1960 she appeared in
"Butterfield 8" with Elizabeth Taylor.
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I wish I could share photos of the paperdoll I had as a girl in the mid 1950s. I've never seen another one like it. The doll itself was printed on …
Hi folks, these paper dolls belonged to my older sister by eight years. I then got to play with them in the 1950's. One is carrying a tray of food, one …