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Dolly Dingle in Hansel and Gretel

 Dolly Dingle plays Gretel while wearing wooden shoes!

Grace Drayton’s cartoon characters brought joy to many children and their families in the 20th century and now, almost a hundred years later, her drawings are still popular today. Grace and her sisters grew up in Philadelphia. She was a prolific and accomplished artist, belonging to the most prestigious artist circles. She was actively drawing from 1904 until her death in 1936. She is most famous for designing the Campbell’s Kids and Dolly Dingle, although she painted in oils and was a student of Robert Henri.

In the 1920s, Dolly Dingle was often dressed as a literary figure. Here she plays Gretel and her unnamed friend plays Hansel, of the old German fairy tale recorded by The Brothers Grimm in 1812. Both children wear wooden shoes and have patches on their clothing, as their father is a poor woodcutter.  Walking deep in the forest, they find a lovely cottage made of gingerbread and cakes with windowpanes of clear sugar. Soon, they realize the Witch who lives in the cottage has plans to turn them into gingerbread. They escape back to their home to live happily ever after.

Included in this 4 page PDF of four color paper dolls are:

  • Dolly Dingle as Gretel Doll with pigtails and blue hair bows wearing a white slip, white panties and bare feet
  • A red skirted dirndl dress with black laced top and white peasant blouse
  • A red polka dot headscarf to be worn with her dirndl
  • Dolly’s wooden shoes
  • Hansel Doll dressed in an undershirt, briefs and bare feet
  • A peasant boy’s outfit with red polka dot scarf, shirt and blue patched pants
  • Hansel’s wooden shoes
  • Witch cutout based on the popular Hansel and Gretel illustration of Arthur Rackham published in 1909
  • Witch’s Cat cutout.

These paper dolls and their accessories are a PDF that will be downloaded to your computer and printed off by your computer’s printer. Please help keep Sunbonnet Smart on-line by not sharing paper dolls. Be fair! Don’t share!

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