Item #17678 Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book. Paper Dolls., Betty Rea.
Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.
Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.
Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.
Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.
Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.

Petunia [and Patches]. A Paper Doll Book.

Akron, [Ohio]: The Saalfield Pub. Co., 1937. First edition. OCLC records only one copy (British Library). Illustrated in color on every page with paper doll clothing and accessories that can be cut out and used to style the paper dolls “Petunia” and “Patches.”. A few spots of minor toning to wrappers. Still a fine, bright copy of this rare paper doll book. Color printed stiff paper wrappers featuring two paper dolls (each about 17” tall), one on the front cover (a Black girl with a stuffed bear) and one on the back cover (a Black boy with a puppy). The edges of the dolls are perforated. 10 x 18 ." [7] ff. Item #17678

We could not locate much information on the artist Betty Bell Rea, though she also illustrated several other titles for the Saalfield Publishing Company. Most notably, given the subject matter of the present item, Rea illustrated a 1938 edition of Little Black Sambo, which was featured in a digital exhibit on Little Black Sambo on the website of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library. On Rea’s edition of the book, the curator remarks: “This version features Betty Bell Rea’s colored and black-and-white illustrations that feature an infantilized Sambo as well as an overly feminized Jumbo. Curiously, both Mumbo and Jumbo are wearing gold earrings, gold bracelets, and golden rings on their fingers. Rea’s version also is one of the few to depict Sambo as completely naked during his ordeal with the tigers.”.

Rea’s other Saalfield titles included Three Little Kittens (1938), The Little Red Hen (1938), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1939), and Four Playmates Paper Dolls (1941). “Little Black Sambo – Betty Bell Rea.” Little Black Sambo digital exhibit. The University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (webpage).

Price: $450.00

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