Tom Tierney, Who Made paper Dolls an Art Form, Dies at 84.
Paper dolls are thought to have originated in 18th-century France, when Marie Antoinette’s dressmaker created miniature documentary records of her mistress’s wardrobe.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, newspapers and magazines regularly printed paper dolls for readers to cut out. But by the 1970s, television — along with mass-produced dolls like Barbie — had largely eclipsed the humble paper doll.
After Mr. Tierney entered the field, a spate of diminutive two-dimensional figures sprang to life on his drawing board, including American presidents from Washington to Obama; Henry VIII and his wives (buyers craving historical accuracy can take scissors to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard); and movie stars like Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner.
Meticulously drawn and colored, and annotated with historical information, Mr. Tierney’s paper-doll books are not just for children — and some are not for children at all. His aim, he often said, was to contribute to the visual literature of costume history. …
John Thomas Tierney was born on Oct. 8, 1928, in Beaumont, Tex. After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas in 1949, he worked as an illustrator for local department stores.