Sunday, April 27, 2014


 August 21, 1965.  Wendy Ward invites all teens to . . . See THE BEATLES!  Win free tickets to Beatle Show at Cow Palace!  Sponsored by Montgomery Ward and the Wendy Ward Charm School.
 April 24, 1964.  A cartoon drawing of The Beatles that accompanied an article about their long hair.
April 30, 1964.  YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!  I want to be the first in my neighborhood to wear The Beatles Sneakers!

April 27, 2014.  Tonight I went to Miller Outdoor Theater to see The Beatles tribute band, THE FAB FIVE.  There was a very large crowd for a Sunday night.  I had a lot of fun.  So glad it's Miller time again.  If you plan to be in Houston check out the Miller Outdoor Theater online schedule - concerts, dance, theater, movies and other assorted fun events.

Friday, April 25, 2014

St. George the Knight and Gordon the Dragon

August 16, 1977.  A newspaper coloring contest giving children the chance to win tickets to The Old Country - Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA.  The picture is of St. George the Knight and his not-so-fearsome friend, Gordon the Dragon.


 October 22, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A Knight.  Before gunpowder changed the methods of war there was a period known as the age of chivalry.  The word chivalry originally meant a knight, but now it means the courtesy and honor for which many knights became renowned.  In those days there were no large cities.  People lived in scattered groups in and around large castles, under the protection of a king or baron.  This leader gathered about him a band of knights who defended the castle.  Knights also fought in tournaments and went on crusades.  Here is a knight in armor.  Color the picture with your crayons and then paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully, and fold back the ends on the dotted lines so the knight will stand.  The big helmet was used in tournaments.  It covered the neck and head completely, and was well padded inside.  The lighter helmet was worn in lesser combats.  You can put either of them on the knight by folding the tabs back around his head.  The sword can be slipped through the slots of the right hand.
 October 23, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A King.  The lord of the castle governed his small community like a king, having absolute power over the people in return for his protection.  Because his life was often in danger from the envious he usually wore body armor beneath his rich robes.  The king's throne was carved in fantastic shapes and richly gilded, he wore a jeweled crown, and carried a scepter, or baton.  Many stories of great kings have come down to us in legend.  Most famous of these is King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table in the castle of Camelot.  Use your brightest crayons to color this picture, and then paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully, and slit, as indicated, on each side of his hands.  Then you can slip the scepter into his right hand, or slip the sword under both hands, so it lies across his knees.  Cut the opening in the crown and put it on his head.  Fold back the lion chair on the dotted lines and king will sit on his throne.
 October 24, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A Squire.  A boy who hoped to become a knight left his home when very young and was admitted to the castle of a nobleman.  Until he was 14 the boy served the lord and lady of the castle as a page.  At 14 he became a squire to a knight.  He looked after the knight's armor, helped him to put it on and to mount his horse.  If the knight was wounded in battle his squire came to his aid, and led him away from the field.  When he was 21 the squire would himself become a knight.  Use your crayons to color this picture, and paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully, and fold the right panel forward and the left panel back on the dotted lines so the squire will stand.  Cut the slits on either side of his right hand.  Fold the tab at the top of the shield and push it into the slot on top of the squire's left hand.  Fasten the banner to a long thin stick slipped through the holes at the edge.  This can then be slipped into his right hand.
 October 25, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A Queen.  The queen or baroness looked after home life in the castle.  These great stone buildings were cold and dark in spite of big logs blazing in the fireplaces.  The walls were covered with tapestries and there were shaggy fur skins on the floor.  When there was peace in the land the queen might ride out with her attendants, but most of her life was spent in the castle.  She passed the time by playing chess, checkers or backgammon, or by working on tapestries and embroidery with her attendants.  Wandering minstrels would sometimes call at the castle and entertain them with songs and stories.  Here is a queen sitting on a gilded chair on the castle battlements.  She is wearing a small crown, but sometimes she wears the high conical headdress with a floating veil.  Color this picture with your crayons, and then paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts and fold the right end forward at the dotted line so the figure will stand.  Cut the slit in the headdress and slip it on the queen's head.
 October 26, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A Jester and a Page.  Every big castle had a jester to provide amusement.  He wore ridiculous clothes, half red and half yellow, with bells sewn over them.  Besides being full of jokes he could usually dance nimbly and sing.  Sometimes he kept a bird which he taught to talk, and carried a funny scepter in imitation of the king's.  The queen's little page could sing to the accompaniment of a lute.  He was often far from home, but he was well looked after and was learning to become a knight.  Color this picture with your crayons and paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully.  Fold the larger piece forward on the dotted line and the group will stand.  Cut out the opening in the bird rest, and cut the slit in the perch.  Slip the tab on the bird into the slit and fold back.  Put the jester's scepter into his hand through the slit indicated in the fingers of the right hand.
October 27, 1956.  THE AGE OF CHIVALRY.  A Wizard.  In olden days people believed in magic and most castles had a wizard.  He was a wise old man, sometimes good, sometimes bad, who thought he could foretell the future by gazing in a crystal ball.  He lived in a dark room in the castle where the corners were full of cobwebs and bats and there were shelves of dried herbs and volumes of ancient spells.  The king believed his wizard could help him to win battles by brewing a spell or muttering a few magic words.  Here is a wizard seated in his carved dragon chair.  Color the picture with your crayons and then paste it down on cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully.  Fold back the end of the desk on the dotted line so it will stand.  Cut the slit in the top of the jar with a face on it.  Cut out the star at the top - - or use a silver star sold in stationery stores - -and paste it on the end of a toothpick painted red.  Put it into the jar by the desk.  This is the wizard's wand, ready to use when he wants to cast a spell.

JUNIOR EDITOR for children appeared daily in newspapers from the 1950's through the early 1970's.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A 1894 Newspaper Paper Doll Named Rosalie May.

 A PAPER DOLL STORY.  The Doll and Gowns to Be Cut Out After Reading.
November 24, 1894.  I was really happy to find this paper doll in a newspaper from 1894.  "This doll's name is Rosalie May.  She is just five years old and her mother thinks her the prettiest and best girl in the world."  The story is very sweet and it tells what color each dress should be colored.

A Paper Tea Cart for a Paper Party

October 20, 1923.  "GETTING READY FOR THE PARTY.  Paste all of these patterns on heavy paper, color them and cut them out.  Make the Tea Cart first, because that is the hardest.  Fold on all the dotted lines and paste the parts that lap.  You will find that your little Tea Cart has a top and a lower shelf, two legs, two wheels and two handles with which it is to be pushed from the kitchen to the dining room or the sun parlor.  Make the dishes stand by folding the bottoms up and inside.  Peggy Paper's arms are to be slipped through the slits cut just below the shoulders."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SCOOBY-DOO, Where are you?

October 11, 1976.  Where is Scooby-Doo you ask?  He is hanging out with his friend Mr. Pig at Piggly-Wiggly.  Kids had a chance to win tickets to see Scooby-Doo and Friends at the Ice Capades by entering this coloring contest sponsored by Piggly-Wiggly.  Time to don your Piggly-Wiggly mask.

TRUDY Paper Doll from Hallmark Cards

I am going to guess that this card is from the 1990's.  This pretty paper doll is from HALLMARK Cards.  175 PRF 434-5.  HALLMARK CARDS, INC.  Made in U.S.A.  PKT 7.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Couple of JANE ARDEN Paper Dolls

 September 17, 1949.
November 26, 1949.  Here are a couple of JANE ARDEN paper dolls from her Sunday comic strip.

BUNNY Action Cut-Out, He Bounces Over the Floor.

September 19, 1915.  BUNNY Action Cut-Out.  "Directions:  Cut out the body on black line, crease paper on dotted line (tail, back and legs);  A pasted over B forms body;  paste E over E, leaving mouth open;  C D pasted in marked position completes head and puts it in position.  Paste forward legs to side of body turned forward.  Paste creased tail to hold together.  Run a black thread through dots on tail and down through black dot on back and forward through mouth and BUNNY is ready for action.  Place him on a smooth floor and give the thread a quick jerk and he then gives a bounce, flopping his tail and legs, as a real BUNNY would."
I hope someone can figure out these directions and put this funny bunny together.

Monday, April 14, 2014

BETTE DAVIS, beautiful Lustre-Creme Girl . . .

June 25, 1951.  Life Magazine, page 6.  "The Most Beautiful Hair in the World is kept at its loveliest with LUSTRE-CREME Shampoo."  BETTE DAVIS for Lustre-Creme Shampoo.

A Rabbit . . . some chicks . . . and Easter eggs to decorate!

March 25, 1978.  A basket of eggs to decorate for EASTER.  Another coloring page by Cynthia Johnson Vasilis.

Epsie Eloise Paper Doll

May 06, 1917.  Help  Epsie choose a dress to wear to church on EASTER Sunday.  The dresses would be pretty in soft pastel colors.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A JENNY Paper Doll once again.

March 17, 1946.  Another paper doll from the FLYIN' JENNY comic strip.

EASTER Ducklings to Color

April 18, 1981.  An EASTER coloring page by Cynthia Vasilis.  Sweet little ducklings in an Easter basket.

PAPER PLAYMATES - Blanche Paper Doll

March 15, 1936.  Here is Blanche, an attractive paper doll from the PAPER PLAYMATES series.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FLYIN' JENNY Comic Strip Paper Dolls from February 1946.

 February 3, 1946.
 February 10, 1946.
 February 17, 1946.  For a change of pace here is a male paper doll.  Meet SCOOP CAMEL.
February 24, 1946.  I hope you enjoy these four paper dolls from the FLYIN' JENNY comic strip.

VIOLET, a paper doll for you to color.

March 11, 1917.  Get busy coloring VIOLET, a newspaper paper doll.

JANET LEIGH for Lux Soap

January 11, 1960.  Life Magazine, page 16.  An ad for Lux Soap featuring the lovely JANET LEIGH.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Paper Doll Furniture

1984.  Morgan, Inc.  Published by Rand McNally & Company.  Fun furniture for your paper dolls from "MANDY Paper Dolls".

A Rabbit . . . and a Chick . . . and PUDDIN Paper Dolls.

1984.  Morgan, Inc.  Published by Rand McNally & Company.  PUDDIN  PAPER DOLLS.  These Puddin Paper Dolls are ready for Easter with rabbits and chicks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paperdolls for Grownups by Tom Tierney

January 05, 1975.  A newspaper article about Tom Tierney and his book "Paperdolls for Grownups. Thirty From The 30's."

Fay Wray in King Kong by Tom Tierney

1974.  Here is poor Fay Wray in the clutches of King Kong.  From that wonderful book "Paperdolls for grownups.  Thirty from the 30's.  Costumes of the Great Stars" by Tom Tierney.  This book is a must for paper doll lovers.

KING KONG Coloring Contest

December 15, 1976.  A movie coloring contest for KING KONG starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Jack O'Halloran, Ed Lauter and John Lone.  Directed by John Guillermin.  Film debut of Jessica Lange.