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 accesssible than ever.
There are those dedicated to the pristine uncut books found in their original published condition.
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 full wardrobes.
As children we cut the figures out of the Montgomery Ward catalogue, 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 1940's and 1950's 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 accessed.
Published by Whitman 1947
Gene Tierney starred in many movies but my favorites are "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) and "The Razor's Edge" (1946) with Tyrone Powers
Piper Laurie paperdoll
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 paperdoll
Published by Whitman 1953
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
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Betty Fields paperdoll
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 1930's to the 1960's. 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 …