Years ago I bought a huge box of paper dolls on eBay; a purchase made around 2 in the morning for $300. I can’t blame the Ambien for that one. I walked around for a few hours thinking of buying it; back and forth between my computer and a walk around the house. Then I just thought, “What the hell….”

When I got up the next morning I was glad I remembered making the purchase. I did have some misgiving when it arrived; I looked through it and thought, “This is all crap!”

Within a few days I’d calmed down and realized what I’d actually bought. It was worth far far more than what I’d paid. Hundreds of paper dolls, most cut, but some still uncut in their folders. I put all the cut dolls into special archival albums. This is one of the ones from that box.

This is the Mother Goose CutOut Picture Book published by the National Art Company in 1915.

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Below is what the actual cover would look like uncut.

One of these books is currently for sale here. I should be so lucky.

If you like dolls you might enjoy clicking over to my other site Tattered and Lost Photographs.


  1. How sweet! This is such a beautiful example of lithography.

  2. Beautiful, you have quite a few gems in that box.