The doll clothes and accessories are usually separate and often attached by use of folding tabs. Due to their fragile nature, vintage paper dolls have become rare and are a highly sought-after collectible.
One of the first Disney Snow White doll sets was produced by Whitman Publishing Co. of Racine, Wisconsin. "Copyright 1938 by Walt Disney Enterprises, Hollywood, Calif." The box contains "8 cut-out dolls and 10 large sheets of dresses, etc."
Set no. 2185.
Side and end panels.
The dolls include Snow White in a rag dress and the Seven Dwarfs without their hats or jackets. They're made from stiff paper stock (although not too heavy--more like a thin card stock). Each comes with a small wooden block for a stand.
The ten sheets of costumes are on a thin paper stock, each packed with dresses, jackets, accessories, and a few animals. Finding an uncut set today is not easy.
Snow White transformed...
Here's a closer look at the dresses, jackets, and accessories...
Photos courtesy of the Michael Filippello Collection with additional scans via raquid.
Doll artwork copyright Disney.