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June 23, 2015

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My favorite paper doll–Greer Garson

by Gradmama2011

(DailyPost, favorite toy as a child.)

My favorite toy as a young girl was my paper doll collection. I owned as many sets, or books, of paper dolls as I possibly could.

There was a paper doll edition of just about any Hollywood movie star a kid could think of, in addition to all sorts of theme dolls such as Fairy Tales, and various animals.    I had TWO sets of the “Twins” paper dolls, featuring babies from newborn to mid-teens (of course I did…) and there was a gorgeous “Wedding” set featuring a huge wedding party including the bride and groom and…well, you know.    There was “Raggedy Ann and Andy” paper dolls, which my grandmother especially liked–along with a paper edition of “Shirley Temple.”

My favorite movie star paper doll was the regal red-haired beauty, GREER GARSON.   I am not sure why, maybe because she (the doll) had a lot of green outfits in her wardrobe.    I love green.  (I always wanted red hair, as well, but <sigh> that wasn’t to be.)

greer garson ball gown greer Greer_Garson_in_That_Forsyte_Woman_2

(I’ll bet that gorgeous gown was green!   It certainly would have been included in the Paper Doll cut-out book.)

Other big stars of the 1940s who also were paper dolls in another dimension were Betty Grable, otherwise known as “The Blonde Bombshell”. She was noted for her shapely legs (aka “gams,”) and her picture on the side of some U.S. Army Air Force planes.

Then there was the “sarong girl,” brunette Dorothy Lamour…star of many south sea adventures. She was also a paper doll with a collection of colorful sarongs…all paper, of course. And Rita Hayworth, auburn-haired pin-up girl, who also had her image painted on the side of the occasional bomber.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 23 2015

    I do remember having some paper dolls-but I’ve never seen any of the movie stars.

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    • Jun 23 2015

      No. they are all long gone… I just googled “Greer Garson paper dolls” though, and found a site that has a pretty extensive collection. I think it’s http://www.theswellelife.com I would have used one of the images, but wasn’t sure of the copyright situation.

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  2. Jun 23 2015

    Your paper dolls sound amazing. Do you still have any of them?

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    • Jun 23 2015

      No, it’s been about 70 years ago. I have more to say about my paperdolls, maybe I’ll do a sequel.

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  3. Jun 23 2015

    I couldn’t find Greer Garson but I did find Ava Gardner!

    http://www.amazon.com/Ava-Gardner-Paper-Dolls-Fashions/dp/1935223968

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  4. m.a.allen
    Jun 23 2015

    I played with paper dolls also. I don’t remember what kind they were right now, but I certainly remember cutting out women from the Sears catalogs and cutting out clothes from the catalogs to dress them with.

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    • Jun 24 2015

      mine never turned out very well…my mother was a great paperdoll fan herself, and she had her collection stored within the catalogs themselves where they could remain flat.

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  5. Jun 23 2015

    Just posted about my paper dolls. Didn’t know they have it

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    • Jun 24 2015

      I enjoyed reading your post about the paperdolls you made yourself…I was never that talented. 🙂

      Reply

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