In 1859 "Godey's Lady Book" was the first known magazine to print paper dolls and by 1900 paper dolls were in nearly all ladies' and childrens' magazines.
As paper became cheaper paper dolls were mass-produced on cardboard.
Advertisers used paper dolls to sell all sorts of products and paper dolls were huge during the depression. In a child's hand, a paper doll was much more than a 2-dimensional paper object.
Today the old paper dolls and their clothes become great research tools providing a broad look at popular culture throughout the world, as well as being a fabulous resource for costume designers. So welcome to my paper doll website and enjoy the downloads!
Come back often, as content will constantly be changed.