The first manufactured paper doll was "Little Fanny" and was produced in London in 1810. Two years later, the first American manufactured paper doll was "The History and Adventures of Little Henry."
In November 1859, Godey’s Lady’s Book was the first-known magazine to print a paper doll in black and white, followed by a page of costumes for children to color. The 1900s saw an explosion of paper dolls in many ladies' and children's magazines. Lettie Lane, painted by Sheila Young, made her entrance in Ladies’ Home Journal in October 1908 and ran until July 1915. The 1930s through the 1950s can perhaps claim the title “the Golden Age of Paper Dolls,” as their popularity during those years has never been equaled.
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