A Historical Paper Doll Round-Up: Every Historical Paper Doll From 2010 to 2015

Historical Paper Doll Round-Up: Free Printable Historical Paper Dolls in Fashions from 900 Anglo-Saxon until 1970 American free to print from PaperThinPersonas.comAs a kid, my favorite paper dolls were historical paper dolls. I had everything from paper doll flappers to knights. I still tend towards historical paper dolls in my own collecting, especially those depicting an era that I don’t see very often.

So, for last post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to post a round-up of all the historical paper dolls on Paper Thin Personas from 2010 when I did my first historical paper doll (a teddy bear with regency fashions) until 2015.

As some of you may recall, one of my goals in 2015 was to create at least ten historical paper doll posts in 2015. I surpassed my goal.

I wanted to make paper doll sets representing periods of fashion history that I either didn’t know much about or that challenged me to draw things that I would normally shy away from, because they were intimidating- like the patterns of the Tudor era or the ruffles and pleats of the 18th century.

Mostly though, I wanted to a chance to dig back into my passion for historical dress research which I had let slip a little as I went through grad school. So, today I am going to share every historical paper doll on the blog organized by era of history.

Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions Before 1700

Anglo-Saxon Dress of the 900s

Brooches & Smokkrs: Viking Dress 10th Century

Tibbets and Kirtles: Dress of the Mid-1300s

A Lady at Court: Dress of the Mid-1500s (in England)

Cranach Gowns: 1500s Saxon Dress

 Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from the 18th Century

Children’s Dress of the 1700s

Fashions of the 1770s Created to Celebrate the 4th of July

18th Century Pixie Series: Three Dolls & Over 50 Clothing Pieces

 Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1800 until 1850

Empire Elegance & Regency Romance: Early 1800s

Flora, A Fashion Doll of the Regency

Flora has 17 pages of costumes. I have only featured her first set and last set here. 

Emma & Lydia: Dress from 1800-1815

A Regency Teddy Bear

Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1850 until 1900

In the Mid-1860s: Civil War Era Paper Dolls

Curves in the 1860s

1860s Curves paper Doll

Peach in the Park: Children’s Dress in the Late 1860s

Peach in the Park: Children’s Dress in the Early 1870s

Florence, A Fashion Doll of the 1870s

Florence has 23 pages of costumes. I’ve featured just her first and last set here. 

Victorian Ballerina: Dress of the 1880s

Victorian Fashion Doll From 1886

Viola: Debutante of the 1890s

At the Seaside: Children’s Dress from the 1890s

Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1900 until 1920

In the 1910s: A Lady of 1910

Art Deco Goddess & Jazz Age Baby: 1920s Paper Dolls

Faye Visits the 1920s

A historical asian paper doll with 1920s fashions in color- free to print from paperthinpersonas.com.

Lynn: 1920s Fashions

Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1930 until 1950

Lois: 1930s Fashions

Curves: 1930s Fashions

A historical paper doll with 1930s fashions to color- free to print from paperthinpersonas.com.

1940’s Vixen: Dress of World War 2

Curves: 1940s Fashion

A historical paper doll with 1940s fashions to color- free to print from paperthinpersonas.com.

In the 1940’s

Smart Winter Clothes: 1940s Children’s Clothing

Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1950 until 1970

Vintage Evening Gowns of the 1950s

1950’s Dolly

Fablous Fifties Suits

A historical paper doll with vintage 1950s suits to color- free to print from paperthinpersonas.com.

Sewing the Seventies: Dress of the 1970s

Time Traveling Paper Dolls

St. Patrick’s Day Since 1737

So, that’s it. Every historical paper doll set on the blog from it’s earliest days until December of 2015.

So, this there a historical era I haven’t done that I should? (I’m still working on Ancient Greece, but it has been slow going on the research front.)  Let me know in a comment. 🙂

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  1. Didn’t you already do an ancient Greece set for Marisole? But I think I remember you mentioning that wasn’t really accurate, at least, not as much as it could have been.

  2. Awesome round-up, thanks for it! You’ve covered a lot of ground, historically speaking.

    And as for missing eras, I am still very much partial to the 1620s and the 1830-1840s, both of which I know you don’t like! 🙂
    Or Italian dress of the second half of the 16th century. But those also have a lot of frill and poofs and lace.

      1. I actually have been working on a set from the 1830s and I am trying to learn more about the 1600s. It’s a century where there seems to be a large diversity of dress depending on region (not unlike the 1500s) and I am still working on learning what people actually wore vs. what paintings depict people in. I rather like the simple gowns shown in some Netherlandish paintings of the 1640s, but I haven’t been able to verify that such gowns were actually worn.

          1. Yeah, I don’t own it either. I have borrowed it from the library though. It’s a great book (and on my wish list), but it’s a little more focused on construction than I usually add to my collection. The X-rays of the garments are pretty fantastic though for seeing internal construction details and there are some amazing close up photographs of garment details that are outstanding.

    1. Deco is part of the term Art Deco. Art Deco was an artistic movement that helped define the 1920s and 1930s and waned after the Second World War. It is defined by streamline shapes, symmetrical patterns and geometric designs. Go to any major US city and you’ll see many post-World War 1 buildings with Art Deco styling. The fashion designers associated with the style are Pioret, Vionette, Erte, and Chanel.

    1. To be honest, a few of these I had forgotten about until I was going through the archives looking for them. It took a long time to put together this post, because some of the older paper dolls- I didn’t remember what I had drawn.

  3. Love this post! I noticed there were several I’d either never seen or didn’t print. Love how it’s laid out chronologically! 2 of the dolls that I tried to print, came up that I didn’t have access to the site: visit to the 18th century & 1776. Is it possible to print these, or are you not allowing us to access those links? Just wondering. I love the historical dolls!

    1. No. They should work. They worked fine for me. Try clearing your cache and then let me know. I recently had to put in a firewall on the site and the proxy system might be having a moment.

    1. Nope. Due to the different paper dolls having different scales (the Poppets, for example, are designed to be a half page where as Marisole Monday is designed to be 8 by 10), it’s not actually an easy thing to combine them into a single PDF. However, there are PDF downloads of all of them available on their individual posts, so you can pick and choose which ones you like best for downloading. 🙂

  4. If the underwear was more accurate they’d be perfect. I want to use them for History lessons and I KNOW the kids will remember the bikini undies and not what I say!!

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