Posts Tagged ‘Paper Dolls’

Kansas City Loves to Draw “Tillie the Toiler”

May 4, 2012

Doll and Dress by Mrs. Chas. Bailey, of Detroit Michigan. She is the oddball out; the only one not from Kansas City, MO in this collection of the “Tillie the Toiler” Fashion Parade.

Nebraska State Journal – Jan 15, 1939

Doll and Riding Habit by Dorothy Lawrence, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Montana Standard – Jul 30, 1939

Doll and Wardrobe by Miss Anna Alexsopoulos, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Nebraska State Journal – Oct 29, 1939

Another Doll and Wardrobe by Miss Anna Alexsopoulos, of Kansas City, Missouri. She was quite the designer.

San Antonio Light – Dec 17, 1939

Dresses, Hat and Doll designed by Carmen Torres, also of Kansas City, Missouri.

Nebraska State Journal – Dec 24, 1939

Tillie the Toiler’s Men

May 2, 2012

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Oct 23, 1932

San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas) Jun 18, 1929

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Oct 7, 1934

San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas) Jan 6, 1933

San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas) Mar 26, 1933

Tillie the Toiler – Fashion Parade

May 1, 2012



Nebraska State Journal – Jan 15, 1939

A little background from Danger Trail – A Reader’s Guide to the Dell Four Color Comic Series:

It was the early 1920s and Russ began to put together a strip featuring the popular flapper character. Originally called Rose of the Office the title was changed to Tillie the Toiler and submitted to King Features which bought the strip. Tillie first appeared as a Sunday on January 3, 1921 with the daily beginning on October 10 1922.

The strip followed the social whirl and office activities of Tillie Jones, an attractive brunette and her co-workers and friends. Tillie was variously employed as a secretary, stenographer and part-time model in the fashion salon owned by J.P. Simpkins. Much of the story revolved around the relationship between Tillie and co-worker Clarence ‘Mac’ MacDougall. Mac was a diminutive, jealous and combative suitor. Drawn with a bulb nose and bad haircut Mac was frequently in Tillie’s company and often the object of her affection, nevertheless she was quite fickle and would drop him as soon as a handsome beau appeared on the scene. And they frequently did.

Read more at the link above.

This first “Tillie” paper doll comes with a gown, evening wrap ………. and beach hat.

Albuquerque Journal – Sep 25, 1932

Here, “Tillie” has the same outfits, but they are colored in.

Raleigh Register – Sep 25, 1932

Bathing suit (on the doll,) dress and hat, and a coat are included in this Fashion Parade.

Raleigh Register – Jan 22, 1932

By 1934, all outfits are designed by a single person, per newspaper entry, unlike the earlier ones we each piece designed by a different person.

These sexy ensembles were created by Doris Mae Birch, from Illinois.

Lincoln Star – May 27, 1934

June Miller, from California, designed a riding habit for day, and lovely dress for the evening.

San Antonio Light – Jan 20, 1935


Stay tuned for more “Tillie the Toiler” – later this week.

Flapper Fanny’s Fabulous New Frocks

July 8, 2011


Go Shopping with “Flapper Fanny”
Here She Is With Her New Pajamas and Next She’ll Dress for Her Shopping Tour;
Be Sure to Save the Sketch of “Flapper Fanny”

Get Mother’s scissors and your colored crayons and let’s help “Flapper Fanny,” popular newspaper feature star, pick out her new wardrobe. Of course you must shop carefully with “Flapper Fanny,” for she is known for her smart apparel quite as much as her smart sayings. To help you out, Gladys Parker, artist who draws “Flapper Fanny,” has designed six complete, brand new costumes for her and suggests color combinations for them.

First, paste the above figure of “Flapper Fanny” and the standard on heavy cardboard, and cut out carefully. Fold the standard on the dotted line and paste the smaller section to the back of the doll.

Next color “Flapper Fanny’s” cheeks pink, her hair brown and her lips very red. Now color the one-piece pajamas that just came from the store. The trousers are of green velvet and the full-sleeved blouse of yellow taffeta. Then cut them out and fold as indicated. You’ll find they just fit “Flapper Fanny.” Next you must dress her for her shopping tour.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 16, 1932


Here’s a bright new dress, sent out from the store, and just the thing for “Flapper Fanny” to wear on her shopping tour. She likes pretty clothes so color this little frock to look like a bright red woolen one. The full-sleeved little lapin jacket is brown and so are the tie and belt. “Flapper Fanny’s” little beret matches her dress, so make it a red one too. When the whole costume is ready, cut it out and fit it onto your paper doll “Flapper Fanny.”

Now she’s ready for her shopping tour.

Next she will pick out a pretty school dress.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 17, 1932


Here we are, shopping with “Flapper Fanny” and first of all she wants a school dress. So let’s have her try on this guimpe dress. Color the dress itself a deep blue and the guimpe white, leaving the bow and buttons black. Cut it out, now, and slip it onto little “Flapper Fanny.”

Doesn’t she look like a model little school girl? Right into her new wardrobe goes this dress!

Watch for the smart new dinner dress which “Flapper Fanny” will select tomorrow.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 18, 1932


“FLAPPER Fanny,” just like you, loves to play “grown-up.” So she must have a long dress that will make her look like a full-grown lady. And here it just the one! With your crayons, make the dress light blue, with the shining collar just a shade or two deeper or even a pink. Be sure “Flapper Fanny’s” cheeks are nice and red and her lips too.

For you want her new wardrobe to look just beautiful on her.

Tomorrow “Flapper Fanny” will pick out a lovely party dress.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 19, 1932


OF course at parties you must look your best — and so must “Flapper Fanny.” And she most certainly will in this pretty evening dress she finds in the store today. Gladys Parker, who draws “Flapper Fanny,” suggests you use your crayons to color the dress light blue, leaving the cape white, for it is white fur. Now dress your “Flapper Fanny” doll in it.

A very stylish miss, isn’t she?

Tomorrow she will select a “Sunday — go-to-meetin’ ” coat and it must be as smart as the rest of her wardrobe.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 20, 1932


FOR “Sunday-go-to-meetin’ ” “Flapper Fanny” deserves to look her best. It was a lucky moment when the saleslady brought out this gray coat with a great big fur collar that any girl would love. With your crayons, color the coat and then put some gay color into the bow tie. Cut out the dress and you’ll have “Flapper Fanny” all ready and waiting for the rest of the family.

If you have saved all the cutouts, “Flapper Fanny” now has a stylish new wardrobe.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 21, 1932

Flapper Fanny’s Tickled with New Wardrobe

June 29, 2011


Now You Can Dress ‘Flapper Fanny’ in Her New Outfit

Right in keeping with the spirit of spring, “Flapper Fanny,” popular newspaper feature star, has a brand-new wardrobe. And what an outlay of wearing apparel it is. An evening gown, an afternoon dress, a spring suit, a warm weather coat, some lounging pajamas and a printed chiffon dress.

No wonder the young lady is tickled. And you should be tickled, too, for “Flapper Fanny” wants you to color her costumes. Hence we are going to give them to you in the form of “Flapper Fanny” paper dolls .  .  .  a trim little figure of “Flapper Fanny” and six costumes.

All you need do, is borrow mother’s scissors, and get out your colored crayons .  .  .  then cut out and color “Flapper Fanny” and all of her garments. First, paste the above figure on cardboard, and cut out carefully. Fold the standard on the dotted line and paste the smaller section to the back of the doll.

Next, color “Flapper Fanny’s” cheeks pink, and pick out the colors you like best for the garment she is wearing, and for her evening gown. Now, try the gown on the young lady. Then watch for another spring costume, tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 9, 1936

‘Flapper Fanny’ Picks Out Striking Afternoon Gown

IN the spring a young girl’s fancy .  .  .  if she togs out in an afternoon dress such as this one, which “Flapper Fanny” picked as part of her spring outfit. It surely lends itself to color Nave blue skirt, red patent leather belt, red kerchief and yellow blouse for instance. But, use your own judgment. Just get out your crayons and color the dress as you see fit. Then try it on your “Flapper Fanny” paper doll. Tomorrow we will give you “Flapper Fanny’s” spring suit.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 10, 1936

This New Spring Suit Just Suits ‘Flapper Fanny’

NOTHING suits a girl in the spring better than a nice, new spring suit. “Flapper Fanny” is proud of this one .  .  .  and can you blame her? Very neatly tailored, we’d say, and very fitting as part of “Flapper Fanny’s” spring outfit. Imagine how nice it would look colored blue, with a yellow blouse. Or, maybe you can think of a better color scheme. Color the garment any way you wish .  .  .  then try it on your “Flapper Fanny” paper doll. And watch for “Flapper Fanny’s” spring coat. It will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 11, 1936

‘Flapper Fanny’s’ New Coat Is Last word in Style

CLASS will tell. This spring coat, for example. It’s classy, and it tells you that “Flapper Fanny” used rare judgment in picking it as part of her spring outfit. We can imagine the garment in several colors .  .  .  gray, for instance, with a splash of color on the flowers at the neck. Perhaps you prefer green, or blue. Crayon the coat to suit yourself. Then slip it on your “Flapper Fanny” paper doll. Oh-o-o! We just peeked into “Flapper Fanny’s” closet and found a beautiful afternoon dress. It will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 13, 1936

This Printed Chiffon Dress Becomes ‘Flapper Fanny’

ON a Sunday afternoon .  .  .  or any afternoon, for that matter .  .  .  who is the girl who doesn’t like to step out in a smart, bright new spring dress? Well  .  .  .  it isn’t “Flapper Fanny!” She loves even the thought of it. That’s why this dress was included in her spring outfit. It is printed chiffon, and what an opportunity for color. Dots of green, violet, blue and yellow are certain to be attractive. It should be real fun coloring this dress with your crayons. The final costume in “Flapper Fanny’s” spring outfit  .  .  .  lounging pajamas  .  .  .  will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 14, 1936

Lounging Pajama Complete ‘Flapper Fanny’s’ Outfit

“FLAPPER FANNY” is very proud of the lounging pajamas she picked to complete her spring outfit. And rightly so, we think. They look the last word in comfort .  .  .  and that’s a comforting thought. Imagine them in aquamarine crepe. Or, perhaps your imagination runs to some other color. Crayon them as you please. And then, with the five other garments, you have “Flapper Fanny’s” complete spring outfit. Try each one on the young lady and see in which one you think she looks best.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 15, 1936

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A New Feature

Flapper Fanny Says

Begins in The News today. It is a two column cartoon which will contain a trite saying each day.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Jan 26, 1925

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Note the two column Flapper Fanny (Jan 1925) quickly downsized to a one column (Mar 1925.) Flapper Fanny.

A few (O.K., several) samples of the Flapper Fanny comic from various years:

Girls used to marry to get a husband. Now they marry to get a divorce.

The News (Frederick, Maryland)  – Jan 27, 1925

A kiss has a funny way of getting back to its originator.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Mar 2, 1925

When a wife mends a hole in her husband’s pocket, he’s usually appreciative enough to wonder how she knew it was there.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Nov 2, 1925

The first-year-of-married-life-biscuits are the hardest.

Reno Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Jul 2, 1928

It isn’t always a brilliant child who is considered too smart.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Jun 7, 1929

Girls who wear stripes attract attention all along the line.

Modesto Bee and Herald (Modesto, California) Jul 28, 1933

In the old days girls would have gotten a good dressing down for the way they dress up now.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Jun 19, 1936

“No, you can’t read my diary! It wouldn’t interest you, anyway — it’s mostly about boys you don’t know.”

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Jul 6, 1939

“Wonder why we haven’t seen any robins yet?”

“Guess they know the early bird catches a cold.”

Cumberland Evening Times – Mar 14, 1940

“Boots” and Another New Wardrobe

June 24, 2011

“BOOTS” Paper Doll Cutouts!

Well, what do you think of Boots in one of the gowns from her new wardrobe? Pretty swell, huh? And that’s only the beginning! There are ten costumes in all in Boots’ new wardrobe and you’re going to get every one of them in the form of paper doll cutouts! You can try Boots’ gowns on the young lady, yourself! Watch for them.

The First One Appears Monday in

The Ironwood Daily Globe


Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 23, 1935

If you had a brother, and he was a swell, generous guy, and he bought you a complete new wardrobe — well, you’d hug him, too! And that’s why “Boots,” popular star character of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” is giving Brother Billy the old bear hug.

Billy took “Boots” shopping! That was a surprise for her. Now, here’s a surprise for YOU! “Boots’ ” complete new wardrobe is coming too you in the form of paper doll cut-outs. You can help her try on her new gowns.

Watch for a sketch of “Boots,” and her first costume. It will appear in this paper Monday.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 22 , 1935


You Can Dress “Boots” In New Wardrobe

Here she is! “Boots,” the famous star of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” with one of the dresses from her new wardrobe. Get out your scissors and colored crayons, and see how attractive you can make “Boots” in this dinner gown. Then save “Boots” and the gown, for you are going to get the complete wardrobe. What a fine paper doll set you’ll have. Two more dresses will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 25, 1935

“Boots” Can Shop, Play Bridge in These

More gay costumes for “Boots” and more fun for all the kids who are cutting out and coloring the “Boots” paper dolls. You’ve seen “Boots” out shopping, and you’ve seen her at home, playing bridge, in the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Now you can pick out the colors you like best for her morning and afternoon dresses. “Boots” riding habit and evening gown will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 26, 1935

Habit and Formal in “Boots” Wardrobe

WHOA! Or giddyap! Anyway, “Boots” is all  set to enjoy a ride along the bridle path, in her new riding outfit. And this evening, she has a perfectly spiffy date, and a beautiful new gown for the occasion. Cut out and color these costumes. Then try them on your “Boots” paper doll. No wonder the star of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” is so tickled over her new wardrobe. Tomorrow another sketch of “Boots’ and one of her gowns will appear.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 27, 1935

Here’s “Boots” With Lovely Night Robe

HERE is “Boots” again, with another costume from her new wardrobe. ‘Tis well that the wardrobe included this beautiful night robe. When “Boots” gets tired, from trying on her other garments, she can slip into this and get a good rest. Do you think green or pink will look best on the star character of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies”? Color the garment to suit yourself. Two more costumes will appear tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 28, 1935

“Boots” Has Pretty Outfits for Street and Air

WHEN “Boots” hopped into her plane, to try out her new aviation costume, she said it actually made flying easier. Oooo — that’s stretching a point …..but that’s just how crazy she is about the aviation suit. And she’s also quite proud of the street costume, with the spreading checkered tie. Both garments are from her new wardrobe. Cut them out, color them and try them on your “Boots” paper doll. More costumes tomorrow.

Ironwood Daily Globe – Mar 1, 1935

“Boots All Prepared For Afternoon, Night

Of course “Boots” loves her whole new wardrobe, but, really, she’s a bit partial to the new gowns that appear today … one for the ultra, ultra formal evening affairs, and the other for her more important afternoon engagements, in the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Cut out and color the gowns and try them on your “Boots” paper doll. And now, if you’ve saved all the “Boots” cut-outs, you have her complete new wardrobe!

Ironwood Daily Globe – Mar 2, 1935





Boots and Her BuddiesThe Blockade – Ironwood Daily Globe – Feb 2, 1935


Boots and Her Buddies — Of All People


Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) Aug 19, 1933

Cut-Outs for Tired Taxpayers

June 22, 2011

Uncle Sam and some of his business outfits: Farmer, Railroad Man and Banker — Why does this ring a bell?

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Jun 14, 1933

Boots and Her Buddies Turn 25

June 17, 2011

Boots Celebrates Her 25th Anniversary
NEA Staff Correspondent

A quarter of a century ago — to be exact, Feb. 18, 1924 — the girl who was to become known as the “Sweetheart of the Comics” made her first appearance in newspapers all over the country. She was Boots, star character then and still star character in Edgar E. Martin’s comic strip “Boots and Her Buddies.”

Today “Boots and Her Buddies” reaches an audience of more than 60,000,000 readers and is one of the notable features in the Daily Record — and today the 519 daily and 229 Sunday newspapers in which it appears are united in congratulating Edgar E. Martin as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his popular comic.

Drew Salamanders,
Frogs, Grasshoppers

It was in July, 1921, when Martin, then 23, landed a job in the comic art department of NEA Service, Inc. (The Newspaper Enterprise Association). Having first tried his hand at drawing when he made sketches of salamanders, frogs and grasshoppers, it was a big jump to comic sketches, especially to sketches of pretty girls.

Martin was born in Indianapolis, Ind., July 6, 1898. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Nashville, Tenn., and then to Monmouth, Ill., where his father was a professor at Monmouth College. It was in his early college days that Martin began drawing reptiles and such. In his junior year he quit Monmouth college to enter the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. His art prospered and he joined NEA Service.

At first he drew several comics with varying success — “Fables of 1921,” “Efficiency Ed” and “Taken From Life.” In 1924 NEA was looking for a girl comic. Several artists who had submitted sample strips were asked to re-submit them. Martin heard about this and, in his off hours at home, tried his hand in that field. His comic, unsigned, was considered with the others — and it was the one picked. “How soon can we get this artist?” one of the comic board members asked. “In about one minute,” the comic art director replied. “He works here.”

So, on Feb. 18, 1924, Boots was “born” as the main character in “Boots and Her Buddies.” Originally the strip featured four girls — Boots, Cora, Marge and Ann. It wasn’t long, however, until Martin decided that four girls were too many for one fellow to keep track of, and Ann and Marge were dropped. Cora, a school teacher, remained true to type, while Boots was developed into a glamour girl and became widely known as the “Sweetheart of the Comics.”

Attending numerous style shows, Martin became a fashion expert. Years of dressing Boots developed a style sense that designers of feminine finery often copy.

In 1926 after Boots’ brother Bill took her to New York on a shopping spree, in preparation for the Easter Parade, on Fifth Avenue, Boots was given a new haircut and call the “Boots Bob.” It clicked immediately and was endorsed by leading hair dressers of New York and other large cities.

In 1927, when Cora, with whom Boots had been rooming, married Professor Stephen Tutt, Boots moved in with them. Meanwhile, a new character, Babe, entered the strip as a close friend of Boots.

In the early days Boots had her greatest following among high school and college students. They loved this glamour girl, delighted in her numerous romances. In 1939 Boots was honored guest, in sketch form, at the Yale Junior Prom, in New Haven. In formal attire, she occupied a place of honor among the ballroom decorations. Martin drew “Guest Ticket Number One” from the prom committee. One of Martin’s toughest jobs came later the same year when he was picked to settle a battle of beauty between co-ed teams from Akron university and Kent State university, at Akron, O. The Akron co-eds won — and Martin escaped from town all in one piece.

Popular little Pug, destined to become one of the cutest kids in the comics, first appeared in “Boots and Her Buddies” in March, 1939, when Boots took her from a summer resort to the Tutts’ home after Pug’s father, J.X. “Bettem” Hiigh, a world traveler, disappeared. Later, the father turned up and decided to leave Pug in Tutt’s care.

Readers Demanded
Wedding Bells

Martin kept Boots in gaiety and single blessedness until 1945. Readers will remember the numerous swains who come to pay court to her, but it was Rod Ruggles who brought a mighty crescendo of letters demanding wedding bells, and Martin decided to let Boots go to the altar. She and Rod were married Oct. 2, 1945. “Boots and Her Buddies” became a family comic, with appeal for all ages, when a new kind of romance come into the life of Boots — a baby boy, born July 4, 1946. Again Martin’s great army of readers displayed their interest by besieging him with suggestions for names for the baby and he picked the one that was most popular – David.

Recently Pug went to live with Boots and Rod. She became an established member of the family when her father’s yacht was lost at sea with all on board. As Pug has grown from a cross between Pollyanna and Peck’s bad boy to brash adolescence, her popularity has grown with millions of newspaper readers. She has became an invaluable character in Martin’s strip.

For years Edgar E. Martin lived in Cleveland, O., headquarters of NEA. He now makes his home in Clearwater, Fla., and though he still attends style shows and now and then judges a Boots contest, he prefers spending his time at home with his wife and daughters, and indulging in an occasional round of golf.

To his intimates, Martin is known as “Abe” — to millions of others, as the man who draws “Boots and Her Buddies,” the comic that  is not only still going strong, but is more popular than ever — after 25 long years.

Statesville Daily Record (Statesville, North Carolina) Feb 21, 1949


Boots and Her Buddies – Clothes Make the Woman — Happy


Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Aug 15, 1929


“Boots” Paper Doll Cut-Outs

Now You Can Dress This Famous Young Lady of the Comic Page to Suit Yourself.

Just think of this, youngsters! “Boots,” star character in the famous comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” has a fine new wardrobe. Dresses galore — and for all occasions. And she wants you to help her try them on. That will be easy — and lots of fun! Just borrow mom’s shears and cut “Boots” and the dresses out. Then fit the dresses on her pretty little figure. Here is the first sketch of “Boots” and the first dress. If you have some crayons you can color the dresses. Watch for more pretty dresses tomorrow.

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 21, 1930

Here’s How to Dress “Boots” For Shopping or a Party

My oh, my! Don’t you think “Boots” used fine judgment when she picked out these two dresses? Or maybe you can’t decide until you try them on her. Just cut the dresses out and try them on the figure of “Boots” we gave you yesterday. This little smart character of the famous comic strip “Boots and Her Buddies” is very glad to have you help her try out her new wardrobe. Two more dresses for “Boots” will appear tomorrow. Save them all — and what a fine set of paper dolls you’ll have. If you have some crayons you can color the dresses.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Jul 25, 1930

“Boots” Can Go Strolling Or Motoring In These

“BOOTS” can hardly wait until you help her try on these two new dresses. The one with the checkered collar, pockets and cuffs will be fine for motoring, don’t you think? And the other would look well out in the park. Just cut the dresses out and fit them on the figure of “Boots” we gave you the other day. Color them if you like. Then you can tell how well you like the fashion judgment of the star character in the famous comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Another sketch of “Boots” and another dress tomorrow.

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 23, 1930

“Boots” Can Play Tennis or Golf in This Outfit

HERE’S “Boots” again, youngsters! And with another of the snappy dresses out of her brand new up-to-date wardrobe. Short and sporty. And, gee, but wouldn’t it come in handy on the tennis court — or at the golf course? Just cut “Boots” and the dress out — and then fit the garment on the trim figure of the young lady whom you know so well in the famous comic, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Why not color the dress with crayons, too? Two more “Boots” dresses tomorrow!

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 25, 1930

Now “Boots” Is All Set for Afternoon or Evening

If “Boots” wants to just loaf around the house in the afternoon — or step out to rather an informal evening affair, you youngsters can help her dress for either occasion. Just cut out the dress at the left and fasten it to one of the figures of “Boots” we have recently given you. Then she’s ready for casual afternoon callers. Or use the dress at the right and any of her buddies can call to take her to a friendly dance or party. Maybe the dresses would look better, if you’d color them with crayons. Another sketch of “Boots” and another dress tomorrow.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Jul 26, 1930

No Affair Too Stylish For “Boots” In This Gown

LAST, but far from least, in the “Boots” paper doll cut-out wardrobe is this very formal evening dress. And you just can’t realize how nice she looks in it until you cut the dress out and fasten it to her trim little figure. Now you have nine* dresses for “Boots.” That’s a fine wardrobe, isn’t it? And it will look even finer, if you color every one of them with crayons. In the meantime, be sure and look at the dresses “Boots” will wear every day in the “Boots and Her Buddies” comic strip. She knows styles — Uh huh!

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 28, 1930


UPDATE: I found the missing dresses in a different newspaper and have added them.

*I couldn’t find all the dresses for this set; some dates of the newspaper were missing from the collection.

“Boots” and her New Spring Finery

June 16, 2011


“Boots” Paper Doll Cut-Outs

Hurray~ Get out the scissors and colored crayons, if you want to see “Boots,” famous star of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” in her new spring finery. Of course you know “Boots.” Here she is, all ready to try on the wardrobe which Edgar Martin, the artist has provided. She’s going to have dresses for all occasions. Watch this newspaper to see what “Boots” is going to wear tomorrow.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 23, 1931

“Boots'” Pajama Suit, Party Frock

Here’s the up-to-the-minute pajama costume “Boots” wears when lounging about the house, and also a party frock. Aren’t you anxious to see just how the star of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” will look in these new costumes? Cut out the dresses, turn down the tabs and try them on the figure of “Boots,” which has been printed. If you have crayons, or water colors, you can make these costumes very attractive. Another costume for “Boots” will appear tomorrow.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 24, 1931

When “Boots” Goes Shopping

Aren’t you anxious to see how “Boots,” heroine of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” is going to look in this new coat suit? If you will cut out the costume above, you’ll find it fits the figure of  “Boots” published the other day. The little tabs on the sleeves and skirt fold down to hold the costume in place. Color the suit, if you wish.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 25, 1931

“Boots” Wears This Frock at Tea

Here’s another costume for “Boots,” the lively heroine of the comic strips, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Of course, “Boots,” who is always up-to-the-minute in matters of style, needs and afternoon dress. We think Martin, the artist who draws “Boots and Her Buddies,” provided an unusually attractive outfit. Watch for another costume for “Boots” tomorrow.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 26, 1931

“Boots” Chooses Outfit for Sports

Good times for “Boots!” She’s going up for an airplane spin and besides having fun, she’s going to look cute as can be. The costume is another in the series of “Boots” paper dolls. Cut it out and fit it on the figure of “Boots” published the other day. Watch for another addition to “Boots” wardrobe tomorrow.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 27, 1931

“Boots” Wears This Frock

Don’t you want to see how “Boots” looks in another of her newest costumes? Here it is, ready for you to cut out and color, to suit your own fancy. “Boots,” whose adventures are pictured every day in the comic strip “Boots and Her Buddies,” is certainly the lucky girl. She has a new dress every day. Above we have the dress she’s going to wear at luncheon tomorrow. Watch for more additions to “Boots'” wardrobe.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 28, 1931

“Boots” Has Two Party Dresses

Now which of these party dresses do you think “Boots” should wear first? Here they are — two of the loveliest party dresses a girl ever wore and you can cut them out and fit them on the figure of “Boots” which was published the other day. If you’ll get out your colored crayons, or water colors, you can color these dresses to suit your fancy. There will be another costume for “Boots” in this newspaper tomorrow.

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Mar 2, 1931

Imagine “Boots” in This Wrap!

This evening wrap is just what “Boots” needed to wear to her next dance date. Don’t you think she is sure to be the belle of any party at which she appears in this costume? If you have all the dresses in this series of cut-outs, you will have “Boots” entire spring wardrobe. “Boots” is a favorite everywhere. You can see her daily in the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies.”

The Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Mar 3, 1931


Boots and Her Buddies1933 Paper Doll and outfits


Introducing Our New Comic Girl – BOOTS AND HER BUDDIES


Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 18, 1924

Paper Dolls for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2011

This paper doll is VALERIE, drawn by Helen Mallard, age 14. [click to enlarge]

Oakland Tribune – Feb 9, 1930

This is Martha, an old-fashioned Valentine maid, drawn by Edythe Klubauer, age 15. It includes a Valentine Masquerade Costume and an Afternoon Valentine Gown.

Oakland Tribune – Feb 16, 1930

In the same Aunt Elsie section of the paper on the 16th, was this poem:


Old St. Valentine is here,
With his signs of happy cheer;
Valentines with colors bright,
Lacy frills so fine and light;
Cupid’s darting here and there,
Little doves so white and fair,
Make a valentine complete,
With an envelope so neat.

By Winifred Lewis, age 12