Wednesday, October 22, 2008

c1840 paper doll

This darling little girl was made by some little kid in the first half of the 19th century. She was found in an early book with the silk ribbon which may or may not have been part of her outfit. Here is her front...

...and when you turn her around, here is her back...

If you very, very carefully remove her dress by gently pulling it over her head, you can see her cute little undergarments. The dress is cut in one piece with an opening for the head. Once it's folded in half, her head fits through the neck opening and just the smallest of folds at the top of the shoulders holds her dress on. That dress is very secure on her once it's on however. I'm really surprised it's never been torn because it's a very tight fit. Little hands back then must have been extraordinarily patient and careful.

4 comments:

Country Girl said...

The smallest things can bring the most joy, can't they? Lovely post, Maria.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a sweet little doll. I think in those days toys were much more precious to children as they didn't have so many. This doll reminds me of a doll I bought in Lunenberg in maritime Canada - she was a little Emily doll made to play with in church - all cloth so that if you dropped her in church she didn't make a sound.

Maria said...

You're right, Kate. She's only 2.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide but she sure has a big smile. I just love her. :-)

Weaver-I've never heard of an Emily doll and had never stopped to think that cloth dolls are noiseless if you are prone to dropping them on the floor. When I was a kid, I remember sitting behind a dad in church who was holding a Barbie doll, probably for the exact same reason you just described. His daughter was probably banging that Barbie doll up and down the pew. I don't remember that part though. I just remember the dad sitting there, very attentive to what was being said in mass, just sitting there with the Barbie doll. I'm not sure why that image is retained in my memory. Odd. Maybe I was confused because we never thought to bring our toys to church. :-)

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

This paper doll is adorable. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Dixie