The years slip away with lightning speed, and such a find awakens childhood with all its simplicities and joys.
If the collecting bug for paper dolls has not yet bitten you, it just may.
Film and theater buffs will enjoy the popular figures from opera, stage, screen and even television that have appeared as paper dolls-and many have.
Paper doll royalty and political figures provide opportunities for sleuths who love digging in odd places to unearth their treasures.
It can be an inexpensive pastime that requires little storage space, or it can grow into a hobby as extensive as collecting antique dolls.
And best of all, it is an activity you can share with children of today, teaching them manual dexterity, history, fashion and art while you have great fun together.
The term also may include three-dimensional dolls and their costumes that are made exclusively of paper.
Collectors sometimes extend their collections to include other toys printed on paper, such as paper airplanes, cars and trains, animals and birds, villages, furniture and so on.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of digging in a box of assorted papers and suddenly finding in one's hand an exact replica of a childhood toy.In 1840, a boxed set was done of another ballerina, Fanny Elssler, as well as of Queen Victoria.These early paper dolls are rare and priced accordingly.First American manufactured paper doll: The History and Adventures of Little Henry, published by J. In the 1820s, boxed paper doll sets were popularly produced in Europe and exported to America for lucky children.First celebrity paper doll: A doll portraying the renowned ballerina Marie Taglioni, published in the 1830s.