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Warner Brothers Company uncut advertising paper doll set: "Dolly's Trunk"

 Collection — Box: BW-2, Folder: 6
Identifier: MS-0815

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description:

A four-fold 3 1/4" x 7 1/4" piece that presents itself as a doll's trunk with baggage tags that read: Warner's Rust-Proof Corsets, Warner's Corsettes and Warner's Brassieres. It is titled "Dolly's Trunk." When opened it reveals a 7 1/4" doll wearing lingerie with side fold stand. She has three Warner undergarments, with information on the reverse for specific use, and an outer dress. Each is captioned and includes product information on the Warner products. The reverse provides promotional information to "Let Mother Read This While You Dress Dolly.' Additional information includes possible names for the dolly and how to dress dolly (and which garments go with what). The brochure-like advertisement was published by Warner Brothers Company, likely sometime from 1915 to approximately 1929.


  • Creation: 1915-approximately 1929


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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval.

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Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

One of the most important companies in Bridgeport, Connecticut was the Warner Brothers Corset Company, also known as "Warnarco," which successfully produced a variety of health corsets. By 1912, the Warner Brothers Company was the leading corset manufacturing company in the world.

Christina Nhean, "From Bombs to Bras: World War I Conservation Measures Transform the Lives of Women." ConnecticutHistory.Org, A CTHUmanities Program. Accessed July 9, 2018.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal-sized folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is one brochure-like advertisement, which includes an uncut paper doll with its corsets. It was published by the Bridgeport, Connecticut corset firm, the Warner Brothers Company, likely sometime from 1915 to approximately 1929.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles in March 2017, with funds from the Class of 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Annie Tang in July 2018.

In most contemporary descriptions of the time, the firm's name was spelled as "Warner Brothers Company," though infrequently it included an apostrophe: "Warner Brother's Company." This finding aid uses the most common usage.

Guide to the Warner Brothers Company uncut advertising paper doll set: "Dolly's Trunk"
Annie Tang
July 2018
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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