Hardy boys and paper dolls

April 23rd, 2010

“I have been looking at book shelves and untouched childhood pursuits with a new eye. With great sadness, I realize that these objects will someday be obsolete, at least in their current incarnations. And like a curator of antiquities, I see them now as beautiful objects to be admired and preserved, if only on film.” – from In Case of Rain, a photo series by Aline Smithson.

More splendid work at her site and blog.


  1. Kamma says:

    These pictures are so beautiful, i love the differnt coloured books :)


  2. Isabel says:

    This post was so incredibly beautiful to look at!


  3. Anna says:

    Amazing photos and very inspirational! I love the Steiff animals (especially the elephant)! ;)


  4. laura says:

    Ah what beautiful images.


  5. Clare says:

    Beautiful pictues, I love the ones on the washing line!

    Love from Tweet



  6. eva says:

    paper dolls are such a fond childhood memory. thank you for revisiting these ‘lost toys’. such beautiful muted colors…



  7. Great photos, I love the cutout dolls with the outfit changes. When I was a little kid I used to draw and make my own with Disney princesses hahaha.


  8. shims says:

    so sweet, i envy the cutesy things you find! but thank you for sharing


  9. oh my goodness! this is the most adorable post!
    it reminds me of making my own little dolls with multiple outfits for dressing up!



  10. Pippa says:

    Just such an incredibly inspiring blog. this post is fantastic! the clusters of everything! And your illustrations are amazing! im off to draw right now…


  11. susie_bubble says:

    These are mesmerising… nostalgic with fresh eyes…


  12. Rachel says:

    What a lovely post, one of my favourite things to when I was a child was to play with paper dolls :)


  13. n. says:

    oh, i Adore paper dolls! i remember having a set of victorian ones, and some vintage movie stars…this post makes me feel like i should dig them out again…


  14. lisa says:

    just discovered ur blog. what inspiring imagery. love ur illustrations.

    i also have a blog which i have just started up inspired by textiles, prints etc. you are welcome to visit it at


  15. maybemayest says:

    ohh i love this series :)
    wonderful books, i imagine how great will be if i had them in my library !
    very inspiring, especially the birds <3


  16. wishful nals says:

    ah, paper dolls. i love!


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  18. Valerie says:

    paper dolls, Nancy Drew, and more! Ah the good old days. Love your blog. :)


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