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Colonial Fashions Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) Paperback – February 23, 1995

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About the Author

One of the leading authorities on fashion history, Tom Tierney created over 150 paper doll books for Dover Publications. With subjects ranging from U.S. Presidents to popular movie stars, Mr. Tierney's books are famous for being carefully researched and meticulously rendered. His releases are prized by fashion professionals, collectors, and paper doll lovers all over the world.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 8
  • Series: Dover Paper Dolls
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; No Additional Printings Listed edition (February 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486283445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486283449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This actually proved to be more than I expected: I had supposed that the costumes would be almost entirely English-style, but to my delight, Tierney has also given us Spanish/Portuguese, French, Swiss, Dutch, Norwegian and German costumes spanning the 17th and 18th century. The costumes are focused on fashionable inhabitants of the settlements in the future USA and Canada.

There are two female paper dolls with costume; their male counterparts are represented by paper dolls in 9 different costumes, usually with separate hats, approximately one for every three female costumes. There are two costumes/paperdolls per plate.

The French and English are most heavily represented There are three different sets of French costumes for three different periods. The English style costumes are broken into social categories, e.g., tradesman, Quaker, etc., spread over different periods. The Spanish/Portuguese costumes are all from around 1600; it would have been nice to have some later costumes also. The others are generally represented by one female costume and sometimes a male figure: Plate 10 shows costumes for German and Norwegian women and Plate 11 has a Swiss couple. The reader may want to check Tierney's American Family of the Pilgrim Period, which concentrates on English and Dutch costumes of New England and New York (some of them quite humble), or his coloring book 'Colonial & Early American Fashions.

As usual, Tierney has included very detailed descriptions of the costumes. One slight fault - the nationality is not always specified both on the plate and in the description, so one has to flip back and forth. No nationality is given at all for Plate 15; I assume from their position that the costumes are French.

A very interesting and informative little book.
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Even in the earliest days of its settlement by Europeans, America was notable as a melting pot, as these high-quality Tom Tierney paper dolls show. His two female dolls model 21 different costumes, Spanish, Dutch, French, Swiss, and English, supported by nine male dolls of which each is dressed to represent a single distinct type. The focus of the book spans some 250 years and naturally Tierney can only provide a very basic overview of the fashion trends of such an extended period, but he manages all the same to show the distinctive markers of each culture and how styles (slowly) altered over time. His notes are surprisingly extensive. With George Washington and His Family Paper Dolls (Dover President Paper Dolls), American Family of the Pilgrim Period Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) and American Family of the Colonial Era Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls), this collection will give a sound picture of the way people dressed in the pre-Revolutionary and early-Federal eras.
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High quality paper dolls. The historical dolls are a really wonderful way to help kids really visualize history I have made permanent paper doll stands from railings available from places like Home Depot or Lowes). If you have access to a table saw you can cut a groove into the top of the rounded part of the railing. I have found that 2" to 2-1/2" in length is good. Stain & varnish if you like. These really help to keep the dolls standing up & makes actual play more fun for children.
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Students enjoyed period fashions and sparked discussion about time period life. Have purchased others in the series to use at school.
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