Last year, I shared Gail’s little sister’s memories of paper dolls. Now, we have Gail’s daughter with her own memories
Karen Kolavalli – “The paper dolls we had most often were families cut out of catalogs. I remember we would create houses for them by placing books together–each book cover was a separate room and bigger rooms could be created with books that had the same color covers.
I loved Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine and thought Grandma McGhee was very unreasonable when she wouldn’t let us cut them out if she hadn’t finished the story on the other side.
And one special Christmas with all the Martin cousins, my gift was Lennon Sisters paper dolls that came in a cardboard and tin carrying container. I found quite a few for sale online. Apparently, they came out in 1960. I found some on eBay that sold for $31!
Also, I have a vintage sheet of Betsy McCall paper dolls that I have framed. I’ve heard that our generation is buying back our childhoods.
Ooh, forgot the paper dolls from the Sugar and Spike comic books! When we’d go with Mom to the grocery store, sometimes we each got to pick out one dime comic book and I always picked Sugar and Spike.”
I see there were earlier Lennon Sister paper dolls from 1957 that are just in booklets, not in a nice carrying tin.
Sugar and Spike
I didn’t remember paper dolls with Sugar and Spike that Karen mentioned, but I sure remember how fun their comic books were. Maybe we should save the topic of favorite comic books for another post, but I couldn’t resist checking Amazon for them. The vintage covers are quite pricey.
Sugar & Spike (Oct. #85/1969) (DC Comic Book, Oct #85)Sugar And Spike (Sugar And Spike, No.41)Sugar and Spike Dc Comic Books Issue 68Sugar & Spike (1956 series) #77SUGAR AND SPIKE COMICS #67 (NO 67)Sugar & Spike (1956 series) #80
Tell me about your memories of paper dolls.