Dolly Dingle

Grace Drayton's whimsical drawings of girls and boys continue to delight us. My images come from post cards, a 1910 book called Kiddie-Land, and magazines.


"She began freelancing as an artist in 1895. In 1900, still in her early twenties, she married Theodore Wiederseim, and created the series 'Bobby Blake' and 'Dolly Drake' for the Philadelphia Press.


In 1909, as Grace Wiederseim, she published 'The Terrible Tales of Captain Kiddo', in collaboration with her sister, Margaret G. Hays. A year later, 'Dottie Dimple' appeared in the newspapers. In 1911, Grace divorced Wiedersheim and married W. Drayton, and became Grace Drayton. She illustrated children's books and created several comics, such as 'Toodles' (ca.1911), 'Dolly Dimples' (1915) and 'The Campbell Kids'. She created the adventures of Little Miss Muffet, the Man in the Moon, and others with Dolly Dimples and Bobby Bounce.


Grace Drayton was important as the creator of the Campbell Soup Kids, round-faced children with rosy cheeks which were a huge success, yet Grace's name never appeared on the drawings. After she leftCampbell, she became well-known for her Dolly Dingle paper dolls in the Pictorial Review, from 1916 to 1922."