These circus paper dolls are officially called Circus Cutouts. They are number 221A from the Platt and Munk Co. and were published in the 1960s. The front cover has a clown leading the way of an elephant parade. You can also see a big tent and a circus caravan in the background. Going to the circus was an exciting event most children of the day enjoyed doing. Circuses would travel around to different towns for their shows and it would be a really big deal with the "circus came to town."
This is the back cover. This page features an elephant, a seal, a clown, two trained dogs and a chimp. You can cut these out onto heavy cardstock and fold on the dotted lines to create adorable little cutouts for playing with or even decorating a circus themed birthday party. You can get a FREE printable PDF file of these Circus Paper Dolls here.
This is the first inside page of the book. On this page are two ring masters, two dogs, a tiger and a lion. There is even a ball that can be cut out and "played" with.
This page includes a giraffe, a "tall" man, a black panther, a couple of bears and a girl on a white horse.
This page is all about the acrobats. We have four of them here (two are working together). The acrobat show was always the most exciting and thrilling of the different acts at a circus. There is also a small clown behind a big spinny looking thing and another girl on another white horse.
This page includes another elephant, some "admit one" tickets, a few dogs doing circus type things, a clown in red and white and some stands. Also another white horse. I love the dog with the red and white polka dots pulling the dog in the cart. So cute!
This is the last page of these paper dolls. On this page is a camel, a zebra, a lion and a tiger. There is also a very small pig and some more tickets and some balloons.
A little more information about the Platt and Munk Company. It was originally established in 1920. Mr. Platt had previously been a partner in the Platt and Nourse Company, and before that, the Platt and Peck Co. They did not create as many paper doll books as some of the larger companies, but what they did publish were very special indeed.
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