Lydia Fraser Paper Dolls
The Canadian Home Journal, 1930s
Lydia Fraser was a well-known Canadian illustrator, cartoonist, and children's subject artist (for Canadian Home Journal) in the early 20th century. She also painted landscapes and figure studies.
These rare and delightful paper dolls are from my Mom, Helen Johnson's collection. About 30 years ago my folks bought a barn-full of magazines and newspapers. They spent nearly a year going through them all, first pulling out all the paper dolls, and then lots of pretty ads, and covers and fashion illustrations and more. They sold many of the ads, but kept all the paper dolls...thank goodness!
Mother has perhaps one of the largest, most complete magazine paper doll, and paper toy collections in the U.S. and gradually those are finding their way to my home...at least for a long enough time to get the pages scanned into my computer files.
This little group is one of my favorite of all the lovely things Mother has. First because it's so rare, and second, because the art is just so cute, and so well done...add a hint of Art Deco style you have me nailed! There were 42! by Ms. Fraser in the entire series. All we have are these four:
* January 1933, Sue Goes South (a notice on the page says "Next Month Mary Lou and Bobby Go To Dancing School)
* January 1936, June and Billy (no notice of future PD)
* June 1937, Sue and Babs Attend a June Wedding (no notice of future PD)
* January 1938, Mary Lou's Father (no notice of future PD)
The original were large format about 10.5" x 13. Ours are 8.5" x 11", printed on archival 80# coverstock, and slipped into an archival crystal clear seal-top bag.
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