These dolls always came in pairs. I seem to have lost one completely and the head from another. As these are from my original collection they are in well played with condition. They are so cute though that I thought paper doll enthusiasts like myself may still enjoy seeing them anyway. They are made out of sturdy cardboard but the necks were an obvious weakness. The clothes are also made out of good quality paper and have the gorgeous chunky appearance that is so appealing to small children.
This doll with the polka dot dress is the one that has lost her head. I've borrowed a head from one of the other dolls that was also broken. It is not quite the right size (too small) but I did not have the heart to post a picture with the head missing.
Looking at these dolls again as an adult I was particularly impressed by the depiction of the pets - a characteristic of these sets. They are simply yet beautifully drawn and have such wonderful expressions.
The pink dress shown above was one I particularly liked. The detail of the bow is lovely and what I find particularly appealing is the bright simplicity of the colour.
These two nurses outfits were my all time favourites. I can remember liking them so much that I still get a tinge on the same sense of wonder when I look at them today. I think they bring out the inherent nurturing qualities so characteristic of little girls.
This house reminds me of the story of the secret garden. It is in the street I live in and I walk past it every evening on the way home from the train station. It looks authentically Tudor but it can't be anywhere near as old as the houses in our road were all built in the 17 and 1800's. I think it is being renovated which only adds to its intriguing appeal It looks like the perfect setting for a great mystery story.
I just love the tangled colourful garden - it is such a riot of bright and often delicate plants. I just hope no one tries to 'tidy' it and take away all its charm.