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First American manufactured paper doll: The History and Adventures of Little Henry, published by J. In the 1820s, boxed paper doll sets were popularly produced in Europe and exported to America for lucky children.First celebrity paper doll: A doll portraying the renowned ballerina Marie Taglioni, published in the 1830s.
For historians, paper dolls and their costumes provide a broad look at cultures around the world.
It can be an inexpensive pastime that requires little storage space, or it can grow into a hobby as extensive as collecting antique dolls.
And best of all, it is an activity you can share with children of today, teaching them manual dexterity, history, fashion and art while you have great fun together.
(Pantin is the French word for a Dancing-Jack Puppet.) Other cultures have had special forms of paper art, including China (Hua Yang), Japan (Kirigami), Poland (Wycinanki), and Germany and Switzerland (Scherenschnitte).
Many more have enjoyed folk art pictorial representations in cut paper, but these also do not have garments to fit the forms.