Friday, April 25, 2008

Paper Dolls

Do kids still play with paper dolls? Can you even buy them anymore?
One of my favorite childhood memories is of getting a new paper doll to cut out and play with. You could buy them at the drugstore right next to the comic books and coloring books and they were probably about ten cents back in the early sixties. We would keep all the cutout paper dolls and clothes in shoeboxes and I'm sure we left lots of scraps all over the floor. I remember being thrilled with a gift of a Pebbles paper doll at my birthday party when I was 8 or 9. Not like the expensive gifts you have to give kids today at birthday parties. And not like the expensive birthday parties you have to give kids today, either. If you don't have at least a bouncy house at your party you are just not cool. Our parties were a few neighborhood kids, some cake and ice cream, and musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey.
Anyway, back to the paper dolls. My friend's mom read McCalls magazine and in each issue there was the coveted Betsy McCall paper doll that she would fight over with her sister each month. My mom didn't buy McCalls so I never got the paper dolls unless I could trade something with my friend for them.
When I was around 12, I still played with paper dolls, making my own from Betty and Veronica comic books, cutting out Betty or Veronica and making outfits for them with paper and crayons. I was a little embarrassed at still enjoying this when all my friends were starting to think about boys, makeup, and shaving their legs, but I still remember the fun I had creating outfits for my homemade paper dolls.
Maybe that's why I like to do collage, the cutting and pasting, the colors of the papers and bits and pieces of things remind me of the paper dolls of my childhood.

1 comment:

Jim & Heather on catamaran "Meerkat" said...

And the coolest thing you drew and cut for me was that little town you made out of upside down brown paperbags. I remember walking in your room when you were making them and you yelled at me to "get out!". You made this whole town of paperbags, with stores, houses, trees, doors and windows colored on the front, all different heights and gave it to me for Christmas. It was the best gift!!! I wonder whatever happened to it... Thanks :)! It really was cool!
the spoiled little sis...