Before Barbie Dolls, This Is What Parents Could Afford

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Parenting by Rosy Lawrence on 12/06/2016

Cut-out paper dolls may not be so popular among kids in this day and age, but back in the day, they were a huge deal. Paper dolls became popular in Europe and the United States in early 1800. Plastic dolls existed back then but most parents could only afford paper dolls for their kids. Paper dolls were low-priced and a great activity to keep kids occupied.

Paper dolls gained even more attention after being featured on popular magazines and many magazines even offered free paper doll cut-outs inside. Many dolls that we see today started off as paper dolls many years ago. The famous Kewpie doll, for example. And much like today, paper dolls of famous actors and characters existed too.

Take a look at some vintage paper dolls below.

Source: Flickr/Teadrinker
Source: Flickr/Teadrinker
Source: Flickr/Deedee Drees
Source: Flickr/Deedee Drees
Source: Flickr/Deedee Drees
Source: Flickr/Deedee Drees
Source: Flickr/Ana_ng
Source: Flickr/Ana_ng

What do you think of these paper dolls? Let us know!

(H/T Dusty Old Thing)

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