Paper dolls and other paper toys

It seems the little girl Dolly Dingle must have had adult siblings, for this is her nephew:


I post this on behalf of “Miss Missy” who ask about this picture here.


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