|This is another version of Littauer and Bauer's Black Baby Articulated Paper Doll.|
After the publication of my book, Black Dolls..., I found my own antique Black baby articulated paper doll by Littauer and Bauer. This one wears pink painted-on shoes and has an open smile that exposes its teeth. Someone, cleverly dressed the doll in permanently attached fabric clothing. The dress, separate velvet jacket, crepe and paper trimmings are possibly as old as the 1885 paper doll. I attached the doll to card stock paper, enclosed it in a sheet protector that is stored in a three-ring binder with other loose/cut antique/vintage paper dolls. A note was added to the sheet of card stock regarding the doll's known provenance. Click the photo to enlarge to read the description.
According to 20th Century Paper Dolls Identification and Values by Mary Young (Collector Books, 2006), these paper dolls were actually manufactured by Dennison Manufacturing Company, printed in Germany by Littauer and Bauer. After World War I, Dennison's paper dolls were printed in the United States. Young's book documents a set of four different Black babies with different facial expressions. Each one has painted-on shoes of different colors. They are referred to by Young as African babies.
Recently I was led to a completed eBay auction for a set of four Dennison/Littauer and Bauer Black (African) baby articulated paper dolls about which Young writes and values at $35 each in her book. Although I did not win the auction and neither did the person who led me to it, I was fascinated to see together what I believe is the complete set, but sorry the doll-friend who wanted them missed winning the auction. I would have also loved being the lucky high bidder who won the auction for $46.
The doll historian in me reared her head with a desire to document the existence of this wonderful set of antique Black paper dolls. With head reared, on July 20, 2012, I emailed the seller asking permission to include the auction image in a future blog post. This is that post.
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