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Walt Disney's Mary Poppins

paper doll

Early paper dolls came in books, boxes, folders, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. By the 1920s and 1930s, most paper dolls came in a book with the doll figures on the cardboard covers and the clothing on the paper pages within. These paper doll books sold for just five cents or a dime, even during the Great Depression. Paper dolls were most popular during World War II probably because materials needed for other kinds of toys were directed to the war effort. Even though paper dolls were never again so popular as they were in the first half of the 20th century, Whitman Publishing offered a Mary Poppins paper doll based on the character played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 Disney movie.

  • Manufacturer: Whitman Publishing Co.
  • Material: paper
  • Origin: Racine, WI
  • Licenser: Walt Disney Productions
  • Object ID: 104.1417
  • Credit Line: Gift of Joan M. Hopkins
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