Hot! Betsy McCall Paper Dolls

image from From the "my favorite thing on the internet right now" category, high resolution scans of every Betsy McCall paper doll page from McCall's magazine in the 1950s. Although the Betsy McCall page continued into the 1990s and are documented here, I have to say that my favorites are found in the first ten years. 


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Ooh! How fun! I absolutely adore paper dolls; especially ones from the 1910s through the 60s. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, I remember Betsy McCall! So looked forward to that mag coming every month when I got to cut them out. I don’t remember ever actually playing with them though!

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m so going to print some of these out for my daughter! I couldn’t resist pinning them: Thanks so much for sharing it!!

  4. judy roberson

    I love, love paper dolls.. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow I had forgotten all about these. I remember them from the 70’s…(showing my age). They really are delightful! thank you for this fun jog down memory lane!

  6. margueritedesigns

    I used to have ‘Bunty’ comic in the UK until I was about 11-12. There always used to be a cut-out doll on the back page – loved it!

  7. I love paper dolls! I still have some even though it’s been 40 years since I played with them.
    By the way there is some good inspiration here – I especially like the 1951 going to the beach red sundress with the smocked waist and just that one tiny line of white piping on the skirt.
    Fantastic – Thank you!

  8. so sweet! i love this. i’ve been smitten with paper dolls since young. thanks for sharing this!