Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday was the auction of the Phyllis Grindle paper doll collection at the Morphy auction house in Denver, PA. Pretty exciting! Drove down with Carol Carey, and was happy to see Marion Creamer, Bruce Patrick Jones, Marge Seltzer, Carol Sullivan, Jayne Keller, Marlene Brenner, Cynthia Wuthrich, Maria Pereira, Sheryl Jaeger and Ralph Gallo, and Carolyn Thompson in attendance. Saw some familiar faces that I couldn't put names to either! Only realized later that Gwen Goldman was there, too.
Above, a Tillie the Toiler, from a binder stuffed with newspaper paper dolls of all kinds. Carol Carey had the winning bid.
Friday, May 29, 2009
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
For all of you who knew Gene Maiden and would like to send a short tribute, story, or description of a fun event he participated in...please do so!
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This is considered the oldest flea market in Paris, where records indicate it was around in the late 18th century, according to "Paris Deco." It was a lot of fun, with plenty of paper and other odds and ends. Rob starting taking a census of Vanves teddy bears.
Gai! Gai! indeed!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Found on the same table as the German sketch, in the Jules Valles section of Les Puces Saint-Ouen. These are in pencil, and one has a description in French of the fabrics to be used for the gown. As far as I can make out: crepe georgette with attached scarf featuring pearl colored ostrich plumes. These look very 1960s-1970s to me.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"...OH, fer God sakes, comes another Obama paper- doll cutout book. I mean, please. Last week I did the St. Martin's one, which is on the two of them, Barack and Michelle, in their bathing suits, underdrawers, inaugural outfits, Election Day shmattas, Hawaiian vacation things. Now something called Paper Studio Press, whateverthehell that is, in tandem with Paperdollywood, whateverthehell that is, will publish "Michelle First Lady Paper Dolls."
It's two Mrs. dolls and eight pages of wardrobe, including her pre-celebrity wedding dress. Price, $14.50, plus, since it's coming from Maine, another $3.50 for shipping. That is, unless you want to drive into that outback there and pick it up yourself."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Dauphine Market is the newest at the Saint-Ouen flea market, according to my guidebook, "Paris Deco." At the store where I found the scraps, fabric and vintage wallpaper were also for sale. The small drawers contained hundreds of scraps, but unfortunately customers were not welcome to browse the drawers on their own. Truth is, there were just a handful of designs with a ton of backstock of the same images. One cute cutout of a baby chick dressed in a bonnet was 30 euros -- about $35. Not many bargains here. When my husband asked for paper dolls, the owner showed us a classic cutout from the Ladies Home Journal!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The same man who had the Phosphatine Falieres cutouts had this paper doll. It was my first paper doll find in Paris. Poor Francoise has no features -- the ink has rubbed off. I wouldn't be surprised if Patricia at Agence Eureka has this one in better shape.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This was found in the Saint-Ouen flea market, near Jules-Valles. Phosphatine was apparently a soup for children, an all-around curative for growing bodies.
I've added two more that I picked up at the Jules-Valles stall. There are no dates, but the reference to Indochina as a French Colony could indicate the late 1940s, early 1950s... Could it be earlier? Don't know. Remember to left click to enlarge image.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
From Paris, I mailed him a card with a doll figure dressed partly with flower petals. It was the kind of elegant whimsy that reminded me so of him.
I'll cherish the memory of his singalongs. Godspeed, Gene.
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is one of the largest and oldest flea markets in Paris, comprised of some 15 markets. Before you get to the heart of it, you might see a lot of street vendors selling new things, but keep going. Once inside, say near the Rue Jules-Valles, you'll see many of the vintage and antique items. The navy blue dress in the top photo was marked Courreges, the famous 60s designer.