Tween Paper Doll
Sarah. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, ca. 1867-1870.
This is a fairly early example of a McLoughlin Brothers paper doll set. What makes it particularly rare is that its subject is what we would now call a “tween” or young teen just barely beginning to show the signs of impending womanhood. McLoughlin Brothers published many paper doll sets portraying little girls and grown women, but very little in between. This pamphlet contains uncut hand-colored paper doll dresses, which given the nature of the product is extremely rare to find in this shape.