Name: Betty and Billy Paper Doll Book
Published by and When: Whitman Publishing Company, 1955
Sizes: Betty is 9 inches; Billy is 9-1/2 inches. The paper doll book measures 10 x 12 inches (width x length).
Description: Betty and Billy cut-out paper dolls illustrated on the cover of paper doll book #2129 by Whitman represent two African American children of 1955. The dolls actually punch-out rather than cut-out. There are six pages of fashions and accessories to cut out that represent clothes worn by children in 1955. Billy’s punch-out dog, Chum; his dog house, and Betty’s adorable Black doll are on the back cover of the book along with assembly instructions for the dog house.
Other: Printed in the USA, the original 10 cents cost of this paper doll book is printed on the top left of the cover. In 1998, B. Shackman & Co., Inc. reproduced the Betty and Billy paper doll book in a smaller size for the book, dolls, clothing, accessories, dog, and Betty’s doll. Printed in Hong Kong, the reproduced book measures 11 x 9-1/2 inches. The reproduced dolls measure 8-1/2 inches (Betty) and 9 inches (Billy). The original price is not on the cover of the reproduced book.
Gallery (Images of the punched-out dolls and the dolls wearing cut-out clothes are from a separate original Betty and Billy paper doll book.)
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