Articulated Black or African Baby Paper Doll

Name: Articulated Black or African Baby Paper Doll

Published By and When: Printed for New England-based, Dennison Manufacturing Company by Littauer and Bauer of Germany, ca. 1885

Size: 9-1/2 inches

Description: Die cut doll with limbs secured with brass brads; dolls were printed smiling with closed or open mouths that expose their teeth. These dolls were originally sold in envelopes with crepe and tissue paper in assorted colors for costuming.  The previous owner or one of its previous owners fashioned the featured doll’s clothing—a pale blue and white pinstripe dress, royal blue velvet jacket with brass buttons, multicolored crepe paper ribbons, and a paper lace collar. 

Other: See the gallery photo of assembled and unassembled articulated African baby paper dolls. On the unassembled sheet, an L&B tag is on one pair of heads and one leg. Another pair of heads is tagged 3383, and one set of arms is tagged 3392. The remaining head, arms, and legs are not tagged.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

3 thoughts on “Articulated Black or African Baby Paper Doll

  1. Hi Debbie,

    I wanted to let you know that the mobile version of these emails is not formatted correctly when I look at it on my phone. Is there a way to check the mobile view before you send one? I attached a screenshot of how the email looks on my phone for the email sent today. It does not happen all of the time and it seems to be related to the photos in the email?

    Sani Bradford-Jennings

    On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 7:02 AM DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum™ wrote:

    > DeeBeeGee posted: ” Name: Articulated Black or African Baby Paper Doll > Published By and When: Printed for New England-based, Dennison > Manufacturing Company by Littauer and Bauer of Germany, ca. 1885 Size: > 9-1/2 inches Description: Die cut doll with limbs secured wi” >

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  2. Hi Sani,

    The emails are autogenerated after an installation publishes. I don’t see them before they are sent. I can check the settings to see if there is something I can change for future emails to format properly on mobile devices. Thanks again for letting me know. Remember to always click or tap the title of the installment in the email to be directed to the actual museum website where formatting should always be correct.

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  3. My email notification for this installation on my computer and phone looks similar to what I have copied below, Sani, without any HTML codes (the pictures did not copy over and the headings are not bolded as they are in the email notification).

    Name: Articulated Black or African Baby Paper Doll

    Published By and When: Printed for New England-based, Dennison Manufacturing Company by Littauer and Bauer of Germany, ca. 1885

    Size: 9-1/2 inches

    Description: Die cut doll with limbs secured with brass brads; dolls were printed smiling with closed or open mouths that expose their teeth. These dolls were originally sold in envelopes with crepe and tissue paper in assorted colors for costuming. The previous owner or one of its previous owners fashioned the featured doll’s clothing—a pale blue and white pinstripe dress, royal blue velvet jacket with brass buttons, multicolored crepe paper ribbons, and a paper lace collar.

    Other: See the gallery photo of assembled and unassembled articulated African baby paper dolls. On the unassembled sheet, an L&B tag is on one pair of heads and one leg. Another pair of heads is tagged 3383, and one set of arms is tagged 3392. The remaining head, arms, and legs are not tagged.

    Gallery

    These two assembled paper dolls have slightly different facial expressions and different shoe colors.
    The last gallery photo illustrates four different 9-1/2-inch articulated Black or African babies by Dennison Manufacturing Co., printed in Germany by Littauer and Bauer, circa 1885, believed to be the complete paper doll set. Dolls’ facial expressions and shoe colors differ. The dolls’ original brass brads for attaching their articulated body parts are not shown. The body or body pattern is the light area. —Photo courtesy of eBay seller, olebuttonz for the Black Doll Collecting blog.
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    Your comments are valued. Donations aid the initiative to preserve Black-doll history.

    New: Visit the Museum Products page.

    If you subscribe to DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum™ by email, be sure to click the post title in the email, which links to the website to view all text and associated media. Please “like” and share this installation with your social media doll contacts. To subscribe, add your email address to the subscribe or sign-up field in the footer or right sidebar.

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