Aren’t these paper babies cute. My how I would have loved them during my paper-doll years. Actually these dolls were from the time my sister, 10 years my junior, remembers.

However, I did receive paper dolls in a limited amount. My mother might have made some for me. What I do remember was getting the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs and cutting out clothes to fit them. It was very frustrating when I would forget to leave the tabs on them.

A few years ago, I bought a vintage doll set at an antique store. I don’t know what happened to it. I have had to downsize on my cherished keepsakes so I probably gave it to a charity store. The ones in the picture are mine; I must have purchased them sometime when I was able to go to antique stores.


This was written for prompt #4 from Bloganuary

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. I loved paper dolls when I was little but I always felt sooooo bad when they tore haha

    • oneta hayes says:

      You are so young. I would have thought you only used the ones made of card stock. Did you miss the catalog experience? Those that came in books like movie stars were made of stiffer material. But I believe those tabs broke off worse than the catalog paper.

  2. says:

    I used to cut clothes out of catalogues for my paper dolls too. There were always lots to choose from.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I wonder how it was that the catalog size fit our dolls. I know some did not but enough did to make it worth the search. My mother might have made some of my dolls. She could do about anything. I wonder if my little girls now would enjoy that. But there are no catalogs!

  3. shoreacres says:

    I really miss those catalogues! Not just for the paper doll clothing, but just for the looking. Did you call them ‘wish books,’ too? The arrival of the Sears catalogue was a great event in our household!

    I remember some Betsy McCall paper dolls on card stock. Some of them had a tab on the back that allowed them to stand up. Great fun!

    • oneta hayes says:

      You’re making me think. Didn’t we receive a special Christmas catalog? I think it was my wish book. The doll I spoke of as a vintage paper doll I had given away to a charity was one that stood up in the way you describe. I gave some nice things to a thrift store that was being conducted by, I think, autistic young people. They were so kind and polite and they were actually the ones who greeted me when I entered. I think I gave them my “strawberry” collection, my Norman Rockwell, and maybe even my ducks. My ducks were from the 80s and the strawberries from the 90s.

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