Barbie Paper Dolls Make The Scene
Barbie paper dolls first became available in 1962, only three short years after the debut of the Barbie doll. The Western Publishing Co., Inc. began production under license from Mattel, Inc., on a line of paper dolls based on the Barbie doll and fashions.
There have been several paper doll artists throughout the years. Al Anderson designed the paper dolls of the 1960's and early 1970's. Barb Rausch designed some paper dolls but is best known as an illustrator. The well known paper doll artist, Tom Tierney has drawn paper dolls of both Barbie and other famous people.
Various Barbie Paper Doll Companies
Western Publishing Co., Inc. has printed paper dolls under three trade names: Whitman, Golden and Golden Books. Whitman was the company name seen on Barbie paper dolls from 1962 until 1984. Golden was first seen on Barbie paper dolls in 1980 and continued to be used through 1994. Both Whitman and Golden have produced paper doll books and boxed paper dolls sets. Golden Books was first seen on 1994 paper doll books.
Peck Gandre and Peck Aubry Paper Dolls
In 1988 Linda Peck and Marilyn Gandre, creators and owners of Collectible Paper Dolls From Peck-Gandre" produced several Barbie doll paper dolls under license from Mattel, Inc. These were the Nostalgic Blonde Barbie, Nostalgic Brunette Barbie and Nostalgic Ken paper dolls. These paper dolls were produced in celebration of Barbies 30th Anniversary. Released in 1989, all of the dolls were hand-painted, unlike the the Barbie paper dolls later produced for Mattel by Peck Aubry (these paper dolls are the personal focus of my Barbie paper doll collection.) The paper dolls are packaged in beautiful graphic portfolios. Each paper doll in this series is 11 1/2" tall and comes with 16 authentic Barbie fashions (8 full color and 8 black & white.) These paper dolls are highly sought after by both Barbie doll and paper doll collectors.
In 1993 Marilyn Gandre left Peck-Gandre to pursue other interests with her daughters, which led to the company name change to Peck Aubry.
More Nostalgic Paper Dolls From Peck Aubry
In 1994 Peck Aubry was again approached by Mattel to create paper dolls for Barbies 35th Anniversary. Peck Aubry was delighted, and in turn, introduced The Barbie paper dolls in what Mattel called a Photo Real process (the paper doll itself is a photograph of that particular Barbie doll). Fashions were designed and painted from actual Barbie outfits of her era. Three Barbie paper dolls were created that year: The 1959 (Number 1), The 1961 (Bubble Cut), and The 1964 (Pony Tail Swirl).
In 1965, the American Girl Barbie doll premiered with her bendable knees, a perky Dutch Boy hair style and stylish makeup. In 1995 Peck Aubry published the 1965 American Girl Barbie paper doll with her trend-setting wardrobe.