Kitsch of the Week: Paper Dolls
When I was a little girl in the ’80s, the word internet was unheard of. Online games were nonexistent, and although we had a number of gadgets such as Speak N Spell and Nintendo to keep us entertained, my fellow ’80s kids and I spent our days playing with good old fashioned toys and street games.
Since our parents had strict rules about going outside and exploring the neighborhood, my sister Karen and I played with a lot of indoor toys such as puzzles, board games, Legos, coloring books, and arts and crafts sets.
Enter the paper doll, a two-dimensional figure of a person or animal printed on paper, with accompanying clothes and accessories that can be cut out or punched out. History traces the emergence of paper dolls way back in the 1800s, which explains why my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents could relate to the paper doll craze that little girls of my generation were into. I treasured my paper dolls as a kid, and even preserved them in special envelopes tucked away in my desk.
Last week I visited one of my favorite stationery stores, Papemelroti, and was jolted back to the past when I came across a paper doll cardboard selling for P15 each. It’s the old school kind, where you need a pair of scissors to carefully cut out the doll’s body parts, clothes, and accessories. Other modern versions of paper dolls have easy tear-out or punch-out guides.
Cheers to the memories of my childhood! I snipped away and dressed up my doll like it was 1989, back when my sister and I would go wild with our young imaginations.