Paper dolls and other paper toys

I just realized that I only posted this guy on my Afrikaans blog, never here.  I think it is the cutest one I ever drew – it is unlikely one of my works will ever find itself in a magazine , but I would have loved if this one (or who am I kidding, any other one) ever did.

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Posted on: May 25, 2013

This is a yellowed page from a magazine called National Doll World:Butterfly Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a paper toy from this week’s Huisgenoot:

bieber maskThe wording translate as:

I AM A BELIEBER, with below that instructions to make a mask.

The magazine say that this week had the last of Kayla’s clothing. So I scanned the last few pieces too:Kayla6I like the blue dress.

Shelf elf

Posted on: April 7, 2013

Sharon from Sharon’s Sunlit memories was pleased to see that my previous entry contained something from Huisgenoot, a magazine she encountered as a child in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe, nowadays). Here is the only other Huisgenoot item I have that is related to this blog’s topic.

shelf elf


From very old dolls to a new one: “Liefste Kayla” is a current series on South African TV. Local magazine Huisgenoot had a Kayla doll on a strip of card about 2 months ago, and a promise of a bit of clothing every week. The clothes are still appearing in every new Huisgenoot.

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These dolls have the names Rose and June hand-written on the back. I think they are probably from the 1940s or 1950s.

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I have no idea how old this large (36 x 42,5 cm) sheet is. If it is as old as the clothing suggests, these are my oldest dolls by far. But somehow, I do not think it is that old, as it is not yellowed at all. If anyone can tell me more about these dolls, it will be greatly appreciated.

German sheet2

The other dolls like Diane that I found pictures of on the Internet, was said to be from the 1950s. This doll may or may not be older than the 1958 magazine page in my previous blog entry.

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