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Do modern children play paper dolls?

One day, buying something at the newsstand, I noticed a bright envelope with a doll painted on it and the inscription “Marina”. Memories from childhood immediately surfaced in my head – a cardboard doll Masha and a bunch of paper dresses! “Really, do they still play with such dolls now?” I wondered with surprise.

I did not buy Marina, but when I came home, I immediately got on the Internet and typed in the search engine for “paper dolls.” What was my surprise when the search engine gave me a huge number of sites about paper dolls!

What just is not on the Internet – and the beauties of the doll, and sketches of clothes for them, and furniture, there are even special programs for drawing clothes on paper dolls! Modern dolls are popular on such sites – both popular actors and singers, and medieval ladies, and fairy-tale heroines, such as Sailor Moon (a girl from a Japanese cartoon).

There are very few boys, but they also come across among a huge number of dolls. I was pleased with the set of “Dress Eurovision Star”, complete with cardboard Dima Bilan, paper clothes for him, various paper accessories and even a motorcycle! I also liked the paper collections of famous designers. Exact paper copies of the latest collections of famous Italian designers cost a penny and are sold complete with cardboard models. You can play in a fashion show. There are sketches of paper furniture for dolls – flat and voluminous.

You can simply print a flat, and the bulk one will have to be glued in a special way into a notebook. When you open a notebook, such furniture takes a three-dimensional form, and when closed, it folds up compactly and becomes flat. It turns out this minitheater: opened a notebook on the right page – here you have the living room decorations, turned over the page – and here is already a gazebo in the autumn park! It’s a pity I didn’t have such an album with decorations in my childhood, playing with Masha would be much more interesting! A little later in the bookstore I bought an unusual set of three paper dolls and a huge number of paper dresses.

But this set was, rather, not a child’s play, but something of a souvenir — amazingly beautifully traced young ladies from the 19th century with a huge amount of elegant vintage dresses. Seeing this set of paper girls, my mother remembered that she also had a paper doll as a child – Larisa. Larisa was an ordinary girl in a very closed swimsuit, cut from a fashion magazine of the 60s and glued to a cardboard. Mama herself drew clothes for Larisa with colored pencils. Whether children play paper dolls now, I did not manage to find out. But now I know for sure that adults play in them!

I don’t draw clothes and dolls myself, but sometimes I take out my cardboard girls from a beautiful box and dress them up in factory-made paper dresses. This exercise is great uplifting and helps me get rid of everyday stress. I hope, on vacation, I will have more free time and I can finally print out a printer and cut out my beauties with new dresses that I found for them on the Internet. Do you remember your paper dolls? Perhaps, after reading the article, someone, like me, will get a dusty box with paper dolls from the depth of the cabinet and will briefly return to a happy and carefree childhood …

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