Because I need something to distract me from the disaster that is under my sunroom, I am reviving What on Earth?
All of you junk hounds can commence high-fiving each other now.
If you don't know what What on Earth is, you probably need to start reading here. Give yourself a few hours, maybe even a day, to go through those entries. I had a lot of insomnia when we started working on the house.
I'm going to try digging through a box in my attic and writing about something I find every Friday. I may write about things more frequently than that, but I will at LEAST write about something every Friday.
Rummaging around in the attic now...here we go...
We will be starting with the ephemera that I have not been able to closely examine since we bought the house. Font, retro graphics and obscure history fans of the world? You're welcome.
Here is something that was on the top of the pile: A small collection of two cute paper dolls and one slightly creepy one.
The copy on the back reads as follows:
Five of these beautiful dolls with ten complete suits comprising American, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German, Swiss, Turkish and Indian costumes will be sent post paid to any address on receipt of 5 heads of the girl holding the pie, cut from the outside wrappers of None Such New England Mince Meat and ten cents in silver, or we will send them FREE for 20 heads of the None Such New England Mince Meat Girl. Merrell-Soule Co. Syracuse, N.Y.
Reading that makes me want to shout, "BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE NONE SUCH MINCE MEAT GIRL!!!"
So, None Such Mince Meat dolls, circa 1895, available for FREE if you send me 20 heads of the None Such New England Mince Meat Girls. Which is a small price to pay, really.
This is the third doll.
As if it isn't creepy enough, this one's head was already off when I discovered it. As was the foot. And the clothes come off.
It has no information as to its origins, but how sadistic were these little girls of the late 1800's? That's the question I have.
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