Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Valentine Paper Doll by Mercedes Moniz

February 14, 1932. Paper Doll with Valentine costume by Mercedes Moniz, age 14, member of Aunt Elsie Club.

Theodore Wants To Be Your Valentine

February 09, 1912. Another of the Roosevelt Puzzles that appeared in many newspapers.

How Many Faces Can You Find In This Picture? The winner received an upright piano from Ambuhl Bros. Piano Company.

April 02, 1899. "Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York, Oct. 17, 1858; his father was a member of an old New York family, his mother a native of Georgia; he was slight in build and weak, which led him to athletics; attended private schools; graduated Harvard, 1880; married Miss Alice Lee of Boston, who died two or three years later, leaving a daughter; New York assembly, 1881-85; chairman New York delegation republican national convention, 1884; married Miss Edith Kermit Carow, 1886; defeated for mayor of New York, 1886; at odd times lived on his Montana ranch; civil service commissioner at Washington from 1889 to 1895; president police board New York from 1895 to 1897; assistant secretary navy, 1897-98; lieutenant colonel Rough Riders (First U. S. Volunteer Cavalry) May 6; in battle La Quasimas, first of the war, June 24; in battle San Juan, July 1, 2; promoted to be colonel a few days later; got up the famous round robin, protesting against plan of administration to keep soldiers in Cuba till fall, Aug. 3; landed at Mantauk, Aug. 15; left regiment Sept. 13; nominated for governor Sept. 27; elected by 18,079 plurality, Nov. 8; inaugurated January 2, 1899; father of six children and author of "The Naval War of 1812", "Life of Thomas H. Benton", "Life of Gouverneur Morris", "Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail", "The Winning of the West", "Essays on Practical Politics", "The Wilderness Hunter", "Hero Tales From American History"; his home is at Oyster Bay, N.Y."

- - - - - - Teddy's life up to April 1899 with so much yet to happen!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Milk Makes Us Happy, 1926

March 14, 1926. An adorable illustration from a coloring contest promoting dairy month in Iowa. This illustration was the first in a series of six. I like!

BOOTS and Her Hats

January 08, 1939. The lovely BOOTS and an assortment of hats. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

FLORA Paper Doll by Dorothy Hughes

January 25, 1930. Dorothy Hughes drew many newspaper paper dolls. I wish that the newspaper had not spread the paper doll across two pages for the doll lost an arm in the process.

Kellogg's - Nestle's Milk Coloring Contest

May 28, 1966. Winners of this newspaper coloring contest received a deluxe Rudge bicycle. Snap, Crackle and Pop!

The Hero of Bunker Hill

June 11, 1899. "Gen. Joseph Warren, born on Warren St., Roxbury, June 11, 1741. Graduating from Harvard, he became master of the Roxbury grammar school. Then he studied medicine. On the anniversary of the Boston massacre in 1775, when British officers threatened whoever addressed the people on the occasion, Warren pleaded for the dangerous honor. The people surged about the Old South so densely that Warren, securing a ladder, entered by a window. Ignoring the presence of more than 40 British officers, he delivered a stirring address on the baleful influence of standing armies in times of peace, and was unmolested. As chairman of the committee of safety he despatched Paul Revere to warn the inhabitants of Middlesex of the British movements. He was later the president of the provisional congress, and the second major general of the provisional forces. On June 17, 1775, he rode to Bunker Hill, and although both Putnam and Prescott offered to serve under him, he refused, saying he desired to take a lesson in warfare under such well trained officers. While rallying the militia for the final struggle he was shot in the head and instantly killed." Many thanks to General Joseph Warren, a true American hero.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine Coloring Contest

February 08, 1977. Newspaper coloring contest.

Two Valentines, 1937

February 14, 1937. Two Valentines, paper dolls by Jean Gunderson, a SLT Junior member.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Fair

May 21, 1899. "Grace Darling, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper at the Farne Islands, a perilous group on the east coast of England, was in her 23rd year, when on the morning of Sept. 07, 1838, she gave that supreme test of the true heroine. After a wildly tempestuous night, which had disturbed her rest by thoughts of those exposed to the storm, she espied in the dawn a shipwrecked steamer. The only man at the lighthouse was her father, her brothers being away on the mainland. It was doubtful if a boat manned by a stalwart crew would live in such a sea. All this her father represented to her, but she would not be dissuaded, and he yielded to her entreaties at last. The perilous passage was made to the cruel rocks, at great expense of toil and labor, and with many misgivings of a watery grave. The nine survivors, after infinite pains, were received into the frail boat, and land was safely made at last. Only once in her brief life the exigency arose for her to manifest her heroism of soul. Her conduct then revealed the deep hidden springs of her nature, and was the expression of an habitual temperament. Never was a girl so subjected to such public adulation as Grace afterwards was, and never was any person so little affected by it. A purse of $3,000 was raised for her and medals came from the leading societies of the world. Until the day of her death, four years later, she continued to live at the lighthouse with her parents."

I had never heard of Grace Darling until Ghosts, an album by The STRAWBS which included the song "Grace Darling" written by Dave Cousins. It is one of my favorite songs and I got to see The STRAWBS perform it live in concert when I was 13-years old. Here are the words to the song --"You have been my lighthouse in every storm. You have given shelter, you have kept me safe and warm. And in my darkest night you have shone your brightest light - You are my saving Grace, Darling I love ya.- You have been the pilot who guides me home. You have been the rock as on the seven seas I roam. And when I was becalmed you were the strength in my arms - You are my saving Grace, Darling I love ya.- And when my back was torn and broken on the reef, you sailed your tiny boat across the dark seas of my disbelief. You have been the anchor and I the chain, straining as we hold ourselves together in the rain. I have found you ever there, my constant keeper's daughter fair - You are my saving Grace, Darling I love ya." Many thanks to Dave Cousins.

We Get The Funniest Looks From Everyone We Meet!

Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davey Jones - The MONKEES.
Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork.
Peter Tork.-- My two oldest brothers were always going across the street to the Stop-n-Go store and buying packs of bubble gum with collector cards inside. Lucky for me, they would become bored with the cards and then they were mine, all mine, ha! I know that there are more MONKEES cards somewhere among my junk.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

How's Your Eye For Color?

February 06, 1937. A newspaper coloring contest for Valentines Day.

Billie Wants Playmates, 1934

January 22, 1934. BILLIE, a Laura Brock paper doll. "She has curly brown hair and big brown eyes, and likes most to sail boats. She wants to be added to the Doll Family so she can have lots of playmates. Billie can roll the hoop, skate, play ball and jump the rope, besides sail her boats. Here she is dressed in her playsuit, ready to meet other boys and girls."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CASPER and WENDY Valentines, 1976

I found this book of valentines today at the Salvation Army store on Washington Avenue. I watched Casper The Friendly Ghost on television when I was a child - I hated the movie version that came out in 1995. Will post another valentine tomorrow.

MELBA As Marguerite in Faust, 1897

May 23, 1897. A paper doll series from The Boston Globe. Several of the paper dolls in this series were of actual people. Melba was a popular opera singer from that time period.

JOSEPHINE, Empress of The French, 1899

March 12, 1899. A couple of nights ago I found about two-dozen more of these cut-out dolls from the Boston Globe. "A New Way To Learn History - This Doll Will Stand Up When Cut Out." The series seems to begin with this doll - JOSEPHINE, Empress Of The French.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ANNA BELLE'S New Winter Clothes, 1913

January 26, 1913. Anna Belle and Marjorie with their new winter clothes.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Crooked Man With His Crooked Cat, 1900

January 28, 1900. There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. - - - Another from the Boston Globe series.

The Professor and Cora

January 28, 1940. Stephen, "The Professor".

January 18, 1942. Cora, long-time friend of Boots and wife of "The Professor". Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

JANE and SUSAN Paper Dolls

January 14, 1934. CUT OUT, COLOR JANE - SHE'S CUTE! A paper doll by SLT Junior member, Elsie Barrett.

October 01, 1931. ADD SUSAN TO YOUR DOLLS. A paper doll by SLT Junior member, Adelle Reese.

Problems With My BLOG!

I have not been able to access comments or followers this past week - I hope everything is posting okay.

A Book of Cradle Songs, 1943

A BOOK OF CRADLE SONGS. Selected and Arranged by Marjorie M. Wyckoff. Illustrated by Masha. Designed and Produced by Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. GROSSET & DUNLAP, Distributors, New York. Copyright, 1943. - - - - My kind of book. I found this little book last week at Half-Price Books.

The illustration for "ROCK-A-BYE BABY".

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Paper Doll by Frances Montrose, 1936

August 16, 1936. A well drawn paper doll by Frances Montrose, a member of the Salt Lake Tribune Junior Club.

CINDY Paper Doll by Betty Parcheski, 1949

March 20, 1949. A nice wardrobe for this paper doll by Aunt Elsie Club member, Betty Parcheski, age 15. I just found out this weekend that there is a book about the life of Elsinore Crowell (Aunt Elsie). I hope to find the book.

THE WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE Movie Coloring Contest, 1973

February 26, 1973. This Disney film starred Tim Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Amos and Roscoe Lee Browne. - - -Today in Houston we had some of the United States greatest athletes competing in the U. S. Olympic Marathon Time Trials. Tomorrow more great athletes will compete in the Houston Marathon. I run 6-miles four to five times a week at Memorial Park but to run 26.2 miles - these guys are good!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


September 17, 1935. JUST COUNT THE DOTS! This contest appeared in newspapers in 1935. The illustration was drawn by Edwin L. Gordon, the illustrator of many of the more interesting Dots contests.


February 08, 1900. Peter Piper is not the cutest kid on the block. Another in the Boston Globe's series.

THE KID SISTER Comic Strip Paper Dolls, 1934

March 18, 1934.

February 25, 1934.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

SONG OF THE SOUTH Coloring Contest, 1980

November 16, 1980. A newspaper coloring contest for the classic Disney film, SONG OF THE SOUTH.

Good Luck today, TEXANS!

October 03, 1943. Here is BOOTS' buddy, Mervie. I hope the TEXANS don't look like this after the game today. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have Your Been?

January 21, 1900. "I've been to London to see the Queen. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under her chair." Another from the Boston Globe's series. A pretty jolly bird.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

January 1900. Mother Goose Dolls - - No. 1. The Boston Globe's History Dolls cut-out series. I have only been able to find a few Mother Goose Dolls. These cut-out dolls must have been very pretty in color. I will be getting out my colored pencils.

BABE in January

January 04, 1942.

January 19, 1941. Pretty Babe enjoying the month of January. Many thanks to Edgar Martin.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

VIRGINIA Movie Coloring Contest, 1941

March 01, 1941. The movie VIRGINIA starred Madeline Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Hayden, Helen Broderick, Marie Wilson and Carolyn Lee. The movie was directed by Edward H. Griffith.

How Many Babies? 1949

June 06, 1949. From an Indiana newspaper.