Olivia’s Paper Dolls

The paper dolls below were actually created by my Great Aunt, Effie Gay Greenstreet (1876-1944).

When Effie Gay was 9 and her sister Ella May (my Great Grandmother – 1876-1964) was 16, their father, Francis, died of a stroke. His wife Maria died the next day (I don’t know the cause). Francis’ sister took the girls in.Small Ella May and Effie Gay

Ella May and Effie Gay Greenstreet

Effie Gay was divorced from her first husband and before marrying her second, supported herself by oil panting, sewing, and designing and selling the Greenstreet paper dolls. Ella May was widowed and later in life also had to support herself. I think they were both a lot like Olivia.

Small Paper Doll in Blue Dress

Small Paper Doll Naked

Small Intro

Small Directions


6 Responses to Olivia’s Paper Dolls

  1. Jayne McCoy says:

    Yael Politics, this is your 1st cousin Jayne Burton McCoy.


  2. Megan says:

    I am Effie’s great granddaughter…I have an original box of them…with dresses cut from the pattern with, I think, wallpaper. They were in my hope chest…


    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hey Megan, How great to hear from you. I just sent your mom a bunch of old pictures that she probably already has, but maybe there are some that will be new to you. Yes, you’re right, the dresses were made of wallpaper. I never really knew Ella May – she passed away when I was pretty young and I only remember a gray-haired lady who always gave me a silver dollar when we came to visit. But I do remember the stories about her life and all the different things she did to support herself and sort of based Olivia on what I thought Ella May must have been like.


  3. Ana Reyna says:

    I just found a box of these in our basement in great shape – so cute!


  4. Nicki Welsh-Marthe says:

    I have always loved paper dolls and these are wonderful!


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