Depression Era Christmas Time: Paper Dolls

Kansas woman recalls Christmas time during the Depression Era, including making paper dolls with her friends.

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Depression-era Christmas time was the usual excitement it brings to children although we were happy doing with much less than the involvement of today. Christmas eve was special because as a church group of kids we would bundle up and go caroling. The community was expecting us and would have goodies for us as we were invited in at various places. I recall the year I wanted a manicure set more than anything else for Christmas, but they cost 251t. I got the set - it was the only gift I received, but I was happy and hadn't expected anything else. Girls I would chum with, and I, had no problem amusing ourselves with whatever we found available to use as a pastime - a favorite was taking the out-of-season catalogs and cutting out paper dolls and then finding the favorite dresses to fit them before the book found its way to the outhouse to do its duty there.

Mabel F. Nyland
Norton, Kansas


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