at the French Cupboard I was intrigued and excited.
I enjoy working with papier mache, have dabbled in origami, spent many happy hours in paper goods and stationery stores during my college years
(before the present version of scrapbooking craze)
Please visit the woman with the lovely voice who made that video.
Her blog is a treat to visit.
I was so excited to see what you are bringing to the party I could not decide what my offering would be. Then a chance conversation in a charity thrift store yesterday sent me in another direction.
How many of you know Betsy McCall? (I see lots of smiles, nods and wiggling hands raised!)
Someone way back when had a great marketing idea that got children excited about the arrival of the magazine, kept adults returning for the next issue, and prepared a new generation of readers.
A paper image of a child or doll and a story about her adventures was published in serial format in the pages of the magazine. The reader was encouraged to cut out the doll and create stories of their own. A very inexpensive toy that was embraced by the readers.
In 1951 the character of Betsy McCall became the ongoing paper doll in the magazine .
(Source: http://www.thebleudoor.com/betsymccallhome.htm )
Developed earlier than Barbie, Betsy had a more youthful and wholesome appeal.
You would not find your brother’s G.I. Joe playing with Betsy McCall.
But the illustrators did provide male character’s as well, a friend named Jimmy and a cousin, Sandy.
Original paper dolls had tabs to keep their clothing on. Later came the magic of static stay. And now, in the era of home die cut machines you can create paper dolls without using your safety scissors.
With just a few minutes of research I did find two recent blog references to Betsy McCall which are fun to view.
Suziebeezieland and Frugal Life Project have discovered the thrill of Betsy McCall. Do they remember when Betsy went to Miss Frances’ Ding Dong School?
But those of us who remember waiting for McCall’s to arrive,
(image found here )
or mother to finish reading it so we could cut out Betsy and her friends
will not trade those memories for anything virtual.
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