This paper doll and her dresses are reproduced from Longyear Museum's collection.
In 1891, Maurine Campbell, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, organized the “Busy Bees.” This group of children raised money for a room for Mary Baker Eddy in The Mother Church and later for the flower fund. In 1898, Mrs. Eddy requested the Busy Bees disband. She advised the children to plan for their schooling and established a $4,000 trust fund for them to be distributed equally, with interest, upon their becoming young adults.
These paper dolls are part of a scrapbook compiled by Maurine Campbell. In March 1891, each child was given a new silver dime to put to use in raising money for his or her contribution. It is reported that a twin brother and sister went into partnership and devoted every spare moment to making and selling paper dolls and wardrobes.
Package includes: one doll, three dresses, and one pattern for creating your own dress.