Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bride and Groom Paper Dolls by Laura Brock, 1933

Jeanette the Bride paper doll and Maurice the Groom paper doll appeared in newspapers in November of 1933. They are members of The Doll Family Paper Doll series by Laura Brock.

NEVER SO FEW Coloring Contest, 1960

This newspaper coloring contest was for the movie "Never So Few". It starred Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Gina Lollobrigida, Richard Johnson, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, Dean Jones and Charles Bronson. The movie was directed by John Sturges. Never So Few was a WW2 action/romance tale.

ALADDIN by Addie R. Woodruff, 1941

Monday, June 28, 2010

Paper Dolls from Aunt Elsie Club Members, 1927

More paper doll prize winners from the Aunt Elsie Magazine Section of the Oakland Tribune. The Cinderella and Dolly Dimple paper dolls appeared in the paper on November 06, 1927.

RODNEY ALLEN RIPPY Coloring Contest, 1974

Winners of the RODNEY ALLEN RIPPY Coloring Contest got to ride in a car with little Rodney Allen Rippy in the Fiesta Parade in San Antonio. The contest was ran by Joske's and the contest appeared in San Antonio newspapers in April of 1974. He was a cute little boy and his commercials always made me smile.

The Goose Girl by Addie R. Woodruff, 1941

The Goose Girl, from Modern Fairy Tale Cutouts by Addie R. Woodruff, appeared in newspapers in 1941.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

More Coloring Pages from The Spirit of 1776 newspaper series

More from The Spirit of 1776 newspaper coloring pages that ran in various newspaper ads from 1975 to 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial.


BOOTS Waving paper doll is from Sept. 04, 1938. BOOTS By The Pool paper doll is from Dec. 02, 1951. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY Coloring Contest, 1936

This movie coloring contest appeared in some newspapers in 1936. LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY starred Freddie Bartholomew, C. Aubrey Smith, Guy Kibbee, Dolores Costello, Mickey Rooney and Jessie Ralph. It was directed by John Cromwell. This picture is number four from a series of four in the coloring contest.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HARVEY Coloring Contest, 1951

It is, of course, the wonderful Jimmy Stewart and his rabbit friend, Harvey. The newspaper movie coloring contest appeared in papers in 1951. Harvey starred Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Victoria Horne, Jesse White, Wallace Ford and Ida Moore. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Mary Chase. Directed by Henry Koster. Comedy about a good natured fellow whose constant companion is a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. His sister is determined to marry her daughter off and decides to commit her brother to a mental hospital to get him out of the way. Due to a mix-up the sister is committed instead, and it is up to kindly brother and his imaginary friend to straighten things out. Hull won Oscar as distraught sister.

When I was a teen, my mom and I went to see Jim Hutton in a stage production of Harvey. It was great fun. Harvey is a terrific movie and Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite actors.


The DUMB DORA Comic Strip Cut-Outs span the years 1932 - 1935.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bursley's Coffee Coloring Contest, 1936

This ad for Bursley's Coffee appeared in an Ohio newspaper in June of 1936. Children had a chance to win a bicycle or roller skates. Every child that entered the coloring contest received a box of crayons.

ETTA KETT Paper Dolls, 1932

These two ETTA KETT paper dolls appeared in newspaper in 1932.

Another "Mary Poppins" Coloring Contest, 1973

Here is another MARY POPPINS Coloring Contest. This one appeared in the Baytown Sun newspaper in July of 1973.

Friday, June 18, 2010

BOOTS Cut-Outs from 1950

These two BOOTS paper dolls are from the Sunday comics of 1950. My thanks to Edgar Martin.

Hey There, it's Yogi Bear - Coloring Contest, 1964

First full-length cartoon from Hanna-Barbera Studio stars Yogi Bear in amusing musical tale for the youngsters. Voices by Mel Blanc, J. Pat O'Malley, Julie Bennett, Daws Butler and Don Messick. Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. This coloring contest appeared in a Pennsylvania newspaper in June of 1964. I have always been a fan of Yogi.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Holland Coloring Page and Paper Dolls

The coloring page is from an Illinois newspaper dated March 14, 1924. The paper dolls, Gretchen and Hans, are from the Jack and Jill paper doll series by Raye Dryer that appeared in an Indianapolis newspaper on February 01, 1914 and February 08, 1914. The paper dolls in the series have a lovely look to them - such sweet faces.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Aunt Elsie Paper Doll Coloring Contest, 1960 & 1961

Two paper dolls submitted to the "Aunt Elsie Magazine" in the Oakland Tribune. The Julie paper doll, drawn by Jane Bailey, age 14, appeared in the newspaper in 1961. The paper doll drawn by Olenna Bartlett, age 14, appeared in the newspaper in 1960. I think both paper dolls are cute.

Spirit of 1776 Coloring Series

Two more pictures to color from the "Spirit of 1776" Coloring Series that ran in various newspapers in 1975 and 1976 to celebrate the Bicentennial.

It's Fun To Doll Up Dad!, 1950

This ad appeared in many newspapers before Father's Day of 1950. The ad, for Panther & O'Connor, "Where the Well Dressed Fellow Gets That Way", offered children a fun-packed folder featuring a life-like paper doll of Dad plus a cut-out wardrobe of Wilson Wear to dress the doll.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER Coloring Contest, 1954

Hours of searching through newspaper archives are sometimes rewarded with little gems that make me happy - such as this coloring contest. THE LONG, LONG TRAILER Movie coloring contest appeared in a Wisconsin newspaper in February of 1954. The movie starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnez, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn and Gladys Hurlbut. The director was Vincente Minnelli. From Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, "Pleasant vehicle for Lucy and Desi, on honeymoon with cumbersome trailer that creates havoc for the duo. Plenty of slapstick."

Count The Beans Contest, 1929

This COUNT THE BEANS contest appeared in many newspapers across the country over about a five year period. I found this ad in a Wisconsin newspaper from 1929.

Donald Duck Coffee Coloring Contest, 1949

Donald Duck Coffee? I wonder if this coffee was around for very long, I have certainly never heard of it. This coloring contest ad for Donald Duck Coffee appeared in an Arkansas newspaper in 1949.

WINNIE WINKLE as a June Bride, 1935

This WINNIE WINKLE paper doll appeared in the Sunday newspaper comics of June 02, 1935.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

JANE, A Dolly-Doo Playtoy Cutout from 1926

This newspaper paper doll appeared in various newspapers in 1926. Jane is from the Dolly-Doo Playtoy Cutouts series which is almost identical to the Twinkle Tots from Cutout Town series.

EINSTEIN Comic Strip Paper Doll, 1964

This paper doll is from the EINSTEIN comic strip from the Sunday newspaper of March 13, 1964. "My name is Einstein, do you know time is a curve? I said, Stop old man, you've got a nerve." (I can never hear the name Einstein without thinking of the lyrics to the Peter Gabriel song "A Wonderful Day In A One-Way World.)

BETSY ROSS Coloring Page, 1975

This coloring page of BETSY ROSS was the first in a series of coloring pages celebrating the birthday of America. The series ran in some newspapers from July of 1975 to May of 1976 and was titled "The Spirit of 1776".

Friday, June 4, 2010


The coloring contest for "HAGENBECK-WALLACE CIRCUS" appeared in an Ohio newspaper in June of 1929. I paired the circus coloring contest with a paper doll from the Anna Belle newspaper paper doll series that ran for many years in newspapers across the country. "ANNA BELLE And Jack Play Circus" appeared in newspapers on April 15, 1911. I decided to add a little color to the paper doll.

Mom's New Flame, 1967

I came across this ad while searching newspapers and I thought it was funny. "Mom's New Flame" ad appeared in newspapers on April 16, 1967. The ad was for Columbia Gas of Ohio.

BOOTS' Dinner Ensemble, 1937

Another BOOTS paper doll that I have previously posted. I left her uncolored this time. This paper doll appeared in newspapers in May of 1937. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

"Hondo" Movie Coloring Contest, 1954

This coloring contest for the movie Hondo appeared in some newspapers in January of 1954. "Hondo" starred John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Rodolfo Acosta, Leo Gordon, Lee Aaker and Lassie. From Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide - "Rousing, well done Western with John Wayne the tough, wily cavalry scout who comes upon Page and her young son living in the wilderness, unalarmed about a pending Apache uprising." Script by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L'Amour. Directed by John Farrow. Originally shown in 3-D.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Tarzan's Savage Fury" Movie Coloring Contest, 1953

This movie coloring contest for "Tarzan's Savage Fury" appeared in various newspapers in 1953. The movie starred Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart, Patric Knowles, Charles Korvin and Tommy Carlton. The movie was directed by Cyril Endfield.

Side Glances by George Clark, May 14, 1935

Edgar Martin and "Boots"

This article about the comic strip artist, Edgar Martin, appeared in an Utah newspaper on April 18, 1930. The paper doll, which I call "Boots by Moonlight", appeared in several newspapers in 1937. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.