In 1840, a boxed set was done of another ballerina, Fanny Elssler, as well as of Queen Victoria.
Many more have enjoyed folk art pictorial representations in cut paper, but these also do not have garments to fit the forms.Film and theater buffs will enjoy the popular figures from opera, stage, screen and even television that have appeared as paper dolls-and many have.Paper doll royalty and political figures provide opportunities for sleuths who love digging in odd places to unearth their treasures.A set of rare hand-painted figures dated late in the 1780s can be found in the Winterthur Museum of Winterthur, Delaware.It shows coiffures and headdresses for sale at the shop of Denis-Antoine on Rue St. In 1791, a London advertisement proclaimed a new invention called the "English Doll." It was a young female figure, eight inches high, with a wardrobe of underclothes, headdresses, corset and six complete outfits. Examples of many beautiful and extremely rare paper dolls can be seen at the John Greene Chandler Memorial Museum in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.Those who love babies, children, pretty ladies, animals or fantasy figures will find their favorite subject in paper doll form.And what woman (or man) over thirty does not remember paper dolls as the cheapest, yet most fascinating toy of childhood?Once you begin collecting paper dolls, they can become one of life's great passions.First manufactured paper doll: Little Fanny, produced by S&J Fuller, London, in 1810.It's just a flat paper object, but it has such enormous appeal that it will provide a lifetime of pleasure!For historians, paper dolls and their costumes provide a broad look at cultures around the world.In France in the mid-1700s, "pantins" were all the rage in high society and royal courts.This jointed jumping-jack figure, a cross between puppet and paper doll, was made to satirize nobility.The Balinese have made shadow puppets of leather and of paper since before Christ, although we are aware of no evidence that they made separate costumes for these figures.