Please forgive my title, I promise this post is not going to be vulgar, but it got your attention didn't it? You will just have to read further to understand. This week's theme at Sepia Saturday is dolls and at first I kind of drew a blank. I don't know a lot about dolls, I was an unusual little girl, more of a tomboy and animal lover and I didn't really play with dolls much when I was kid. So now I was worrying about where I was going to find a picture that fit the theme and then I started thinking and well, DUH! As you will see once I did start thinking I came up with a number of things. I couldn't just pick one or two so I hope I don't bore you with all of these.
This first photo is a little girl holding her doll and toy horse - her name written on the back is Muriel Blair, no further information is known and she appears to be about two or three years old - isn't she sweet? Love the curls on the doll and look at the mane on that horse! I don't know the year, but from the type of photo I am guessing 1920 's or 1930's:
The second photo is one that I forgot that I had posted previously and how could I have? She is the most adorable little thing in her bonnet and holding her dolly. I have no information on this little doll or her doll, but click here to read my original post which has information about the photographer George Dresser, from Winfield, Kansas.
Next, I was browsing around in an antique shop a couple of years ago and found an old cardboard box marked "Mother's Dolls" with over one hundred pieces of Victorian paper dolls produced by Lion Coffee and a number of what I believe are Dollie Dingle paper dolls. I normally would never have bought something like this (please don't tell my husband), but for some reason I just had to and so added them to my ever-growing ephemera collection. At the time I had no idea what on earth I would ever do with them - perhaps I was thinking to use them on scrapbook pages, but at least this is the perfect reason to use them. I thought this one was particularly fitting as it pertains to photography:
Lion Coffee Paper Dolls circa 1895 "Photographer's Studio"
Here is a cute, what I think is a "Dollie Dingle" paper doll, holding her dolly. Dollie Dingle was created by Grace Dayton an illustrator in the Edwardian age. In 1904 she created Dollie Dingle for Campbell Soup and continued doing so until 1933. She died in 1934.
And finally, this is a picture of a doll my aunt bought me some years back when I was going through a rough spell. Now I'm not one much for cursing, but it's called a "dammit doll" and when you're mad you take the doll and hit something with it like your desk (no people or pets, please) and say "dammit!" I think it works pretty well.