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May 17, 2011

Betsy McCall

By Sablemable aka Jan

Oh, how I remember paper dolls, especially Betsy McCall paper dolls!

McCall’s magazine introduced us to Betsy in May 1951.



We met Betsy, her parents Mr. and Mrs. McCall aka Daddy and Mommy and Betsy’s dachshund puppy, Nosy.  Betsy is five, going on six.



Other family members and a friend are introduced over the years.  Here’s cousin Barbara McCall who first appeared in the August 1951 issue.



Neighbor Jimmy Weeks was added to the cast in November 1951.



Cousin Linda McCall arrives in the April 1952 issue.



Finally, cousin Sandy joins Betsy and cousin Linda in the December 1955 issue.




Alas!  Betsy McCall is retired in 1995, appearing for the last time in the September issue.



I want to express my deepest gratitude to Jessica Jones, owner of the blog, How About Orange (www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com) and Janie, owner of the website, The Bleu Door (www.thebleudoor.com) for the research and images of dear Betsy.  You may download, for free, the Betsy McCall paper dolls at the How About Orange site.  Again, thank you, Jessica and Janie!

Now, let’s play dress up with Betsy!

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4 Responses to Betsy McCall

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

    These are just adorable Sable, thanks for the heads up — and great job Jessica Jones!

  2. Toni Reply

    May 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My daughters still love paper dolls. they’re always making their own. I’ll have to print these out for them.

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    May 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    LOVE! These are so freaking cute! Thanks, Jan!

  4. sablemable Reply

    May 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! I always remembered waiting impatiently for Mom to finish reading the current McCall’s so that I could get my Betsy fix! I don’t remember playing with Betsy until I was able to use the scissors myself, which would have been after kindergarten.

    Toniiiiiiiiiiii! Your daughters will love these! Let us know what they say!

    Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth! How about Cousin Sandy’s underwear, LOL! Poor kid!

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