Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For the classic toy on which it's based, see Ole Million Face at www.opticaltoys.com/million.htm
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Paper Studio Press has signed yet another famous star to the paper doll publisher’s growing list of celebrity paper doll books created by top artists.
Leslie Caron, the French charmer who danced her way to fame in An American in Paris will be the subject of a forthcoming book created by Marilyn Henry who is famous for immortalizing stars and their movie wardrobes in many paper doll books. As a young ballerina, Leslie Caron was spotted by Gene Kelly whose brilliant, Academy Award winning 1951 film catapulted the then-teenager into international stardom. Her gamine looks and adorable personality, even more than her graceful dancing, secured her stardom in Hollywood where she appeared in many hit films including The Glass Slipper, Lili, Daddy Long Legs, Father Goose and the title role in Lerner and Lowe’s Gigi.
Artist Marilyn Henry’s ability to capture the essence of a personality plus her carefully researched and meticulous rendering of movie costumes will make this new paper doll book a must for every collector. It will be designed with the vintage look that is the signature of publications from Paper Studio Press. Two dolls of Leslie Caron will grace the covers and the clothing pages will represent the star’s cinematic career (including costumes by famed designer Cecil Beaton).
Publisher Jenny Taliadoros says, “Leslie Caron is the perfect subject for Marilyn’s wonderful style and this paper doll book will be yet another example of this beloved artist’s on-going love of Hollywood history.” A long-time fan of Leslie Caron, artist Marilyn Henry says, "It is a dream come true to pay tribute to a star I admire so much. The research process will certainly be a joy!"
The Leslie Caron paper doll book is scheduled to be published in 2010 and will be available from Paperdoll Review, Amazon.com, specialty websites and catalogs as well as selected stores and shops.
It was a favorite place for me to rendezvous with friends in the late 70s and early 80s, and I was sad to hear it had closed this year. I bought the postcard there sometime around 1981-1982. It's also the place where I most likely bought my first copy of Nightwood by Djuna Barnes.
Monday, April 27, 2009
You can find these glossy postcards all over Manhattan, it seems: movie theatres, bookstores, cafes, etc. I'm selective, only choosing the ones that really interest me. I haven't seen "Valentino" or "Fados" yet, but I plan to. I didn't see "Land of the Baby Dolls," an off-Broadway production, or visit the burlesque show. But who could resist a postcard that looks like a paper doll, or touts vintage burlesque with an old-timey racy image?
These two I have seen, and highly recommend.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tired I was, but, I found street parking and was in no hurry to hurry home...and so close to the Columbus Flea Market...
Geno Sartori looked fine, and had a ton of scraps I hadn't seen before, including these Tuck heads.
At the other end of the spectrum, in the same period, was Peter Max and psychedelia, and art nouveau inspired rock-n-roll posters (think Grateful Dead and Fillmore West). A great decade for graphic arts, and can't wait to dig out more of these items that I have stored away for decades.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
What would we do without Mary's research and scholarship? We'd have a lot of mystery scraps, and no way to ID them. I didn't realize that Sheila Young did Lettie Lane and Polly Pratt for two different magazines (Lane was in Ladies Home Journal).
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
www.hagley.org, the website of the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE, is a source for information on patent medicine of the 19th century, and provides the following on Horsford's:
Horsford's Acid Phosphate, circa 1885
Prepared according to the directions of Prof. E. N. Horsford, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, this concoction was suggested for dyspepsia, indigestion, headache, mental and physical exhaustion, nervousness, hysteria, night sweats, consumption, and other ailments. According to their advertising: "This Acid Phosphate…imparts new energy to the system, giving the feeling and sense of increased intellectual and physical power." The use of the baby on the front of the card helped reinforce the "gentleness" of the compound.
Rumford Chemical Works, Providence, Rhode Island
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I'm thinking of Paris, past and present, as Rob and I prepare for our trip there, May 2-10.
Atget images from around the web:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is an indispensable publication for keeping up with all the contemporary paper doll artists out there. And everyone is welcome to submit outfits for each month's Dress-A-Doll. Inside this issue is a Judy M. Johnson doll to dress in a contemporary fashion design; deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. That sounds like catnip for those of you who follow the red carpet and know a a Valentino from a Balmain.
From the pdreview website:
"The patterns, designs and styles of both traditional and contemporary India are shown in a variety of paper dolls by members. For our cover, featured artist Marjorie Sarnat created an adorable little girl who wears modern clothes inspired by traditional designs. David Wolfe tells us about Princess Karam of Kapurthala, the famous maharanee who in the 1930s inspired the Schiaparelli collection based on the sari. There's also a how-to on how to wear a sari, plus Johana Gast Anderton gives us some tips from the drawing board."
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I grew up reading Winnie Winkle in the 1960s, so it was a surprise to see how glam she was back in the '30s. Compared to the Donna Reed look-a-like in poufy shirtwaist dresses that I remember, the 1930s version is much more alluring. Carol Sullivan had a number of these for sale.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I've added two new links on the left of the screen that are worth checking out:
Sheryl Jaeger's website is up and running. You may go directly to www.eclectibles.com/Vintage_Paper_Dolls_s/2.htm but there are many treasures on the site that are intriguing, such as a Topsy Turvy doll from the 1920s. Click through some of the other pages.
Zipstoys at www.zipstoys.com has Dolly Dingle pages and other vintage and collectible toys for sale.