Little Lord Fauntleroy Merchandise

Figure 1.--This set of playing cards was made with Little Lord Fauntleroy as the jocker and on the ace.

A wide variety of merchandisce was made with images of Little Lord Fauntlery. Some were authorized and some were not. Toys and dolls as well as cut out figures were some of the most popular items. Paper dolls were particularly popular. Some products for adults were also made with Fauntleroy images. Production of inexpensive "scraps", coloured cards, children's illustrated books etc etc was made possible by the advances in color lithography in the late 19th century. Much of the printing was done in Germany. Much of the early work was done in Germany where companies were especilly advanced in color printing. German chemical compaies were renowned for their work in color dyes. French companies played an especially important role in the greeting card industry.

Paper Dolls

Paper dolls were particularly popular. Paper dolls for little girls appeared in the early 19th century. Contemporary sets provide some coloful illustrations of The Fauntleroy blouses, suits, and hats worn by boys in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many other styles were illustrated. Some products for adults were also made with Fauntleroy images.

Cut Outs for Scrapbooks

Related to paperdolls were cutouts, modern versions of which are still popular today. Scrapebooks were enormously popular in the 19th century. They were prepared for a variety of reasons. One of the most common were family scrapbooks or albums. Mothers, especially the ones that didn't work, loved to prepare scrapbooks on their children. These scrapbooks might contain keep sakes, such as lockets of hair or ribbons the child wore as a baby. After the development of photography, portarits were a popular item to include. In fact in the 20th century these scrapbooks in many cases became family pohotographic albumns. To help decorate late 19th century scrapbooks, companies began printing "scraps"--beautiful lithographed cut-out figures. They were sold primarily scrapbooks, but might be used for other purposes like decorating screens etc.

Playing Cards

Playing cards came with Little Lord Fauntleroy images. Cards were probably much more popular in the days before radio and television as there were far fewer alternative entertaiments. It should also bevnoted that cards were a far more controversial matter in the late 19th and early 20 century with many Americans considering them sinful and the work of the devil.

Greeting Cards

Advancements in printing during the late 19th century had a wide variety of commercial ramifications. One of these was the greeting card industry. These cards reflected the sentimentality of the Victorian middle class. One of the most popular subjects, was emaculately dressed children. Chukdren appeared in a wide variety if outfirs, dresses, kilts, tunics, sailor suits and many others. One of the most popular outfits was the Fauntleroy suit.

Christopher Wagner

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