1. Belle Montgomery

    Armpit Pads, Petticoats, and Porcelain: How Stylish Dolls Taught Girls to Be Victorian Women

    Before Barbie, who could become anything from a dedicated nurse to a Malibu socialite with the change of an outfit and a thousand accessories, there were the elegant and fragile “fashion dolls” bestowed upon wealthy little girls in the 1860s and 1870s. Frequently made of bisque ceramic and...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " Frozen Charlotte ", Or, We Played With Weird Stuff

    Headlines read " A Corpse Went To A Ball ", storyline being a gentleman conveying his love ( Charlotte) to a ball in winter chill. And his surprise arriving there, not being able to hand her from the sleigh because she was dead. Charlotte re-died for decades in quite a few formats. It was a...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Oh You Great, Big Beautiful ( Paper ) Doll, Ancestor Play

    Cutout dolls were made of famous figures, these being outfits worn by an uber famous dancer of the 1830's, ' Taglioni '. Story book figures seem popular by the 1860's as were famous men and women in American history- George and Martha were cut out, dressed and you just know played with to...

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