Paper dolls and other paper toys

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Grace Drayton’s copycats

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Grace Drayton is the artist who drew the Campbell Soup Kids

Campbells soup

and the Dolly Dingle paper dolls.


When Dolly first appeared in the Pictorial Review in 1913, it was in full color. The magazine later tried to save money by going to two-tone printing, and from the end of 1926 Dolly Dingle paper dolls no longer appeared in full color.

1927 02 dolly-dingle valentine

When Grace stopped drawing Dolly Dingle paper dolls in 1933, the magazine published a doll series called “Dotty Darling’s friends.” These were drawn by Corinne Pauli Waterall.


I have no idea who did these next two Dolly Dingle -inspired dolls. The first one comes very close to looking like Grace Drayton’s work, but I don’t think it is hers.


Dover gave out a Dolly Dingle book, artist Susan Whited LaBelle, in 1985.

Dolly and Billy

The Campbell Soup kids have also been copied for paper dolls.


And if you want to copy her drawing style yourself, at the bottom of this web page is a Dolly Dingle drawing tutorial.



I do not know how to contact the owners of the scans here, which were collected over years from various Internet sources. If your scan is here and you want it removed, contact me, and I’ll be glad to oblige.


2 Responses to "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Grace Drayton’s copycats"

These are awesome! I have several dolly dingle sets my mom gave me when i was a kid. It was two anniversary books and I spent a whole summer cutting them out *wince* now i wish I’d left them in the books but you live, you learn…

Ah, the great thing about childhood is that children never say “I’ll leave this special candles/ special wine/ whatever – for a special occasion” or “These cups are too beautiful to use.” Children enjoy things now .
And very often, that is the right philosophy! Joleene, if you enjoyed them, you don’t need to have regrets now.

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