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Paper Dolls Amazon; eBay
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Before you were gifted the Barbie Dreamhouse you still hold onto today; you probably played with vintage paper dolls. Every little girl in the 60s-70s had a paper doll book. When you weren’t playing dress-up, you cut out fashion dolls. Picking out outfits with your playmate was the ultimate after school fun. (When you weren’t riding bikes of course).

Paper Dolls originate from London. According to unt.edu, S. & J. Fuller began producing the first paper doll books in 1810. These paper doll books were actually more than toys. They were storybooks; each book often told a story about the character. Little Fanny is a prominent paper doll that S. & J. Fuller is known for producing. Soon after the first printed paper doll book gained popularity, S. & J. Fuller created a Cinderella paper doll book in 1814.

As I mentioned, paper doll books told a story. It only made sense to turn notable fairy tales into paper books. Little girls loved to act out the stories as they played with their paper dolls. These were basically comic books for young girls in the 1800s.

Fast forward to the 1900s, and there are new products on the market. In the 1930s, a Shirley Temple paper doll set became available. As you can imagine, every Shirley Temple fan wanted this paper doll book. From Our Little Girl to Curly Top, Shirley Temple was everywhere.

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Next, Merrill Publishing Company, Saalfield Publishing Company, Whitman Publishing Companies, and Queen Holden rose to prominence in the paper doll world.

Merrill Publishing Company has a Gone With the Wind book available on Amazon. You’ll find Toodles, The Doll That Walks books from Saalfield Publishing Company, Blondie paper dolls from Whitman, and Sally & Susie paper doll books from Queen Holden on Amazon and eBay. Many of the antique paper doll listings are uncut.

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Although Barbie dolls were popular in the 90s, Barbie paper dolls still made their way onto store shelves. You can find these retro paper doll books online as well. These collectibles can range anywhere from $10 to $200. It depends on the seller, but I can see why eBay sellers want to make some money. These are classics!

1. Gone With the Wind (Paper Dolls): 18 Dolls and Costumes from the Motion Picture

Gone With the Wind (Paper Dolls): 18 Dolls and Costumes from the Motion Picture
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This movie is a classic. Retell the story with paper dolls.

2. Toodles, The Doll That Walks

Toodles, The Doll Than Walks
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Doesn’t this bring back memories?

3. Vintage 1947 Original BLONDIE Paper Dolls CIRCUS Book Uncut Unused Whitman #967

Vintage 1947 Original BLONDIE Paper Dolls CIRCUS Book Uncut Unused Whitman #967
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Get this vintage paper doll book for only $40.

4. Vintage 1961 Whitman Sally & Susie Magic Dolls paper doll set

Vintage 1961 Whitman Sally & Susie Magic Dolls paper doll set
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It is a used set, but if you’d like to have a vintage set for under $20, this is a great deal.

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5. Aurora World Raggedy Ann Classic Doll 16″

Aurora World Raggedy Ann Classic Doll 16"
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We can’t forget about Raggedy Ann dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids. Would we even love them as much as we do if it weren’t for paper dolls?

6. Classic Tiny Tears

Classic Tiny Tears
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This was everyone’s first go at being a mommy.

7. Tiger Tribe Paper Dolls Kit, Vintage Arts, and Crafts

Tiger Tribe Paper Dolls Kit, Vintage Arts and Crafts
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Gift your little ones a new paper doll set.

8. Betsy McCall Paper Doll Story Book– 1965

Betsy McCall Paper Doll Story Book Hardcover – 1965
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A hardcover paper doll storybook should last generations!

9. Walt Disney Alice In Wonderland Paper Dolls. (No. 1941-1).Paperback– 1976

Walt Disney Alice In Wonderland Paper Dolls. (No. 1941-1). Paperback – 1976
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The book is a classic, the movie is a classic, and so is the Alice in Wonderland paper doll book.

10. Dollys and Friends Originals 1950s Paper Dolls: Fifties Vintage Fashion Paper Doll CollectionPaperback– January 26, 2019

Dollys and Friends Originals 1950s Paper Dolls: Fifties Vintage Fashion Paper Doll Collection Paperback – January 26, 2019
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Here’s a flashback to 50s fashion. Dress the girls up for an evening out on the town.

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Allison Johnson About the author:
Allison Johnson grew up in East Texas. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in electronic media, she decided to pursue a career in media as a Commerce Writer for Wide Open Media. When she is not typing away at her desk, you can find her at a ...Read more
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