History of paper dolls

I had no idea that commercial manufactured paper dolls were a British invention first printed in 1810 or that the Japanese used paper figures in a purification ceremony as far back as AD 900. However the first true paper dolls (as we know them today) were found in the Vienna, Berlin, London and Paris from as early as the mid-1700s. Since the advent of commercial printed dolls they have been used as an educational aid, in advertising and published in childrens magazines. All this wonderful paper doll trivia was discovered in an article I turned up titled History of paper dolls by Judy M. Johnson.

This article was found via the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild. This site houses a members gallery, tips on printing your own paper dolls, a childrens gallery of paper dolls and a paper doll to play with.