Julia Paper Dolls

Name: “Julia” Paper Dolls

Published By: Artcraft 1971 and Saalfield 1968

Sizes: In both books, Julia and Marie are 9 inches. Corey and Earl are 7 inches tall in the Artcraft book. In the “Julia” Paper Doll Book by Saalfield, Corey and Earl are 6 and 7-1/2 inches, respectively. The Artcraft book measures 10 x 12 inches. The Saalfield book measures 8 x 12 inches

Description: Diahann Carroll as “Julia” Paper Dolls #5140 is the title of the Artcraft book. “Julia” Paper Doll #1335 is the title of the Saalfield book.

These two paper doll books feature characters from the 1969-1971 NBC TV series, Julia starring Diahann Carroll. The three other main characters from the show are also included in each book — Julia Baker’s son Corey Baker, his friend and neighbor Earl J. Waggedorn; and Earl’s mother, Marie Waggedorn. The Artcraft book contains 31 punch-out costumes for the dolls. The Saalfield book contains five pages of full-color fashions to cut out.

Other: Julia starring Diahann Carroll was the first American TV weekly series to feature an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. Several other paper doll books and boxed sets of Julia paper dolls were published during the time the show aired (1969-1971). Some of these are illustrated and described here.

Additionally, Barbie-sized Julia dolls were also made by Mattel, two of which are museum installations. See the dolls here and here.

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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.

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