Today’s memory was sparked when I was sorting the other day and came across a box of my childhood ’70s paperdolls. I had a lot! Here are some favorites; maybe you will see something you had or a character you remember.
Here are the Baby Beans. I was reminded of them by a recent post at Carol‘s. I had the pink Baby Beans doll and loved her, and I also loved these paperdolls. They came with a lot of outfits, which made them even more fun!
These were probably my first paperdolls, and one of the dolls has lost an arm, but man, looking at them is my childhood encapsulated. I just can’t get rid of them! Their clothing was so detailed. I love how my mom glued wooden popsicle sticks on their necks in the back to avoid that darn paperdoll beheading that was so common.
Ahhh, Mrs. Beasley. Family Affair was one of my favorite childhood TV shows. What I wouldn’t give to live in that cool apartment with Buffy, Jody, Cissy, nice old Uncle Bill and of course my very own servant, Mr. French! You know, I betcha they had a station wagon, and Cissy was the perfect go go boots model. Oh well, the next best thing was to spend many an enjoyable afternoon with my paperdoll of Buffy’s doll, Mrs. Beasley.
And another childhood TV favorite, The Flintstones. Mom tells me that I was so excited when Wilma was going to have Pebbles on the show (maybe this was an early indicator of my Jon and Kate fixation?). These Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm paperdolls are so beat up that I can hardly pick them up without them tearing, but ah, the memories! I laid out a few outfits I created myself – my sister and I used to love making yet more clothes for our paperdolls.
And what girl’s childhood is complete without her own bride and groom paperdolls? Note the lovely ’70s style pantsuit for the bride and that sporty shorts-set for the groom (who I always happily noted looked like President Nixon!). Ahh, the dreams!
Kiddles! Did you have a bunch of those tiny little dolls? I did, and I loved them. I even had a pop-up Kiddle Castle, which sad to say has not survived (pliable plastic doesn’t hold up well in the hands of kids). These Kiddle ’70s paperdolls were great because they came with TONS of clothes (check out the retro looks I’ve selected to show you!). I also loved the little house scene they came in.
Finally, Betsy McCall. Betsy was found each month in McCall’s magazine, along with a few new outfits. I remember gluing these carefully to cardboard and then cutting them out each month – a good exercise in patience, huh?