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Catalog Number 7010-780
Title Doll; Crepe Paper; Woman
Object Name Doll
Description Doll made of crepe paper. Wire frame covered in strips of light pink crepe paper forms the body, arms, legs, and shoes. The full-length dress is made of dark pink crepe paper. The head is a ball of paper covered in crepe, and the face is painted on. Brown crepe paper forms the hair. This doll looks completely hand-made.
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1948
Material crepe paper, wire, paint
Height (in) 4.25
History Though no information is available for this doll, crepe paper dolls started emerging novelty items during the 1890s.

This doll was collected by Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn of Lincoln. Elizabeth was born in Fairmont, Nebraska. She married Howard Martin Rathburn in 1898. Howard was a general manager of Western Supply Company in Lincoln. They had four children: Winthrop, Margaret, Lois and Bette. Rathburn compiled an extensive collection of dolls from around the world, and donated them to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1948.
Credit line Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Rathburn, Elizabeth Gaylord