Paper dolls in Kansas City and doll events

July 23, 2008 at 9:26 pm (doll events) (, , )

According to today’s Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Museum will carry in its gift shop a book of paper dolls based on the turn-of-the-last-century equestrienne Loula Long Combs. The dolls are designed by illustrator and doll historian Johana Gast Anderton (I know, I was thinking, “Doll historian?” but remember Kansas City is home to the UFDC headquarters and museum).

I can’t find anywhere to buy the book online, and the museum doesn’t seem to have a web page for its gift shop, but maybe the next time you’re in or near Kansas City you can swing by and take a look.

It’s interesting that the newspaper article also says the author donated a “real” doll to the museum for display. Paper dolls aren’t “real?” Who decided that?

Also, I’d like to announce that I’m going to start collecting information about doll events and posting it on a page on this blog. Someday, I’d like to turn that into a fully searchable calendar widget thingy, but for now it’ll have to be a list of links on a page. If you have an event you’d like to promote, please go to the Doll Events page and post your information in a comment. I’m sure everyone would like to hear about it.

The list will begin with a link to Jones Publications’ calendar page.




  1. Christopher Leitch said,

    Halloo! Thank you so much for noticing our new publication, “Loula Long Combs: Fashion paper Doll Colection.” Our on-line store is as you note a work in progress, but we’re happy to send you a copy.

    “Loula Long Combs: Fashion paper Doll Collection” is available for $15.95 plus 2.50 shipping and handling. We accept checks, credit cards and cash. Just call 816-483-8300, x1400 to speak with the Visitor Center!

    Best regards, Christopher Leitch, Director, Kansas City Museum

  2. thessalyrose said,

    Thanks for the note! The news article didn’t mention the title of the book, so I’m really glad you posted it for us.

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