My mother was born in 1924, so she was probably a little old to be playing with paper dolls at the time that these were printed in the Sunday funnies. Boots and Her Buddies was a popular comic strip from that time. It ran in U.S. papers from 1924 to 1968 according to the Wikipedia article on it.
Someone had the bright idea to print these cut-outs of Boots to entertain the children. The character had quite a glamorous wardrobe. It was fun browsing the old newspapers for genealogy and discovering these.
Boots Sun, Aug 8, 1943 – Page 22 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.com
Boots – paperdoll Sun, Mar 3, 1940 – 30 · The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) · Newspapers.com
In the 1940s, Gail McGhee was attending high school and after graduation, working at Boeing Aircraft during World War II. Below, you see her with a friend, probably someone she worked with or maybe a friend from the boarding house where girls lived while doing war work.
I think Mom looks pretty spiffy in her suit. She’s the one with the dark hair.
Gail McGhee and a friend in Wichita, Kansas.
I think Mom would have made quite a cute paper doll herself. You can read more about her 1940’s years in these posts:
Some Background on This Blog
My mother, Gail Lee Martin, was 87 when we lost her. I started this blog to share my memories of her and now, over 500 posts later, I’m still finding things to write about her life, my childhood, and a general nostalgia for things of the past.
I self-published her memoir of growing up in the 1930s and she was so proud of her book and the prize that it won from the Kansas Authors Club. Her book is My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. Now that award is named after her.
Someday, I hope to put together some of these memories in a follow-up book and call it Gail, All Grown-Up.