Friday, November 2, 2012

Little Mary and her six frocks

Little Mary has lived in the elephant box for decades - maybe a century!
She was an absolute highlight of my rainy Saturday afternoons with my grandmother.
She's so stylish, and she's all drawn by hand...
I've been guessing that she was 'born' in the 1860s and the similarity of her dresses to Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland could mean that I'm right. And don't you love her shoes?
I'm crazy about her travelling outfit, too!
I'm not so keen on the yellow with ermine (ermine???), although it looks warm...

I wonder if this is a party dress for winter, or an outdoor summer dress? I'm rather getting the impression that Little Mary has a winter wardrobe, so I'm going for this one as a Christmas party dress.
I think this is her day dress.
This is how she 'works'. I'm a bit upset about the lack of  hat for her hat stand - I really can't remember if there was one in the envelope when I was little, but there certainly isn't one now...
Good night, Little Mary!


13 comments:

Elizabethd said...

You could spend hours playing with her. What a lovely keepsake.

Gill said...

How wonderful!

Angela said...

What a treasure. I loved paper dolls as a child -you could buy them for pence from the newsagents at the end of the road! happy memories

Lorrie Orr said...

Such a beautiful treasure. I'm so glad you have her.

Lola Nova said...

Amazing that she has remained intact all this time! What a treasure!

Elizabeth Johnson said...

She really is very special. Thank you for sharing her. I've enjoyed reading about Mary.

Juanita said...

That's so very precious. I remember growing up with a few paper dolls in Primary school, but that fun didn't last long...

Betty said...

What a pretty little thing to keep - I like Mary's outfit complete with cat best. I loved this kind of play as a child myself. Your elephant box is becoming quite exciting and I look forward to seeing any other hidden treasures. Betty

Serenata said...

She is so wonderful Floss, what a really special treasure to have especially so that you used to play with her when you were a child. Mary is a delight as are her clothes.

Fat Dormouse said...

I used to play with paper dolls too, but nothing quite so exquisite as your Mary and her six frocks. Even without the hat, she is VERY well dressed indeed!

Floss said...

Oops! Apologies if I've just deleted your comment - one comment had doubled up so I deleted the extra one... I thought. But now it seems I may have deleted the wrong post. It's lovely to read your comments about Little Mary, and I hope I haven't lost one of them by accident!

Alix said...

How utterly charming she is! Only two days ago my daughter was having a huge bedroom chuck out and found her envelope of paper dolls. She proclaimed them to still be her favourite ever plaything and says then if she has a little girl, there will be no computer but lots and lots of paper dolls!
x

Kezzie said...

Hey there Floss! Aaaaaha, a paper doll! I had one called Victoria, she had so many lovely outfits and I spent ages making her new ones! You bought back so many happy memories here!x