1967 "Yellow Pages" Paper Dress
Appraised Value: $1,800 - $2,200
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APPRAISER: What we're looking at is an American collectable, made famous from a "Mademoiselle" article in 1967 called "The Big Paper Craze." Now this, as you know, is an advertising piece, in the form of a dress, that was actually sent to people, free of charge in the late '60s. How did you come by this?
GUEST: I've been a collector of vintage clothes, primarily from the mod and psychedelic eras since I was 12 years old. In 1966 I started. And, um... one day the lady that lived next door to me asked me if there was anything that I might be looking for that she could shed from her household, and I said that I collected vintage clothing from that period. And she says, "I think I have something that you may want, it's a paper dress." And she brought it out, and I looked at it and I said, "It's wonderful." And I've had it in my house ever since, on display on a hanger. And bless her for laying it on me.
APPRAISER: People treasure these, and they're really, hugely collectible.
APPRAISER: The thing in the '60s that was interesting, as you probably remember, convenience was everything.
APPRAISER: Everybody loved the idea of a paper dress because if it was too long, you could just whip out a pair of scissors and make it short. If you got tired of wearing it, or if you got a stain on it, you could throw it away. So they were very disposable. They were made from about 96% cellulose, and a few percentage cotton, so that they were highly flammable. So the real death of the paper dress was because they were so flammable.
GUEST: And everyone smoked back then.
APPRAISER: And everybody smoked back then. So that was really a major drawback, but I'm sure you're interested to know how much this free dress in 1967 would be today.
GUEST: Well, I've been collecting clothes for a long time and this is one item that has left me clueless. Yes, I would love to know.
APPRAISER: Well, this dress today would auction probably between about $1,800 and $2,200.
GUEST: My goodness.
APPRAISER: Not bad.
GUEST: Very nice. Well, it won't be worn while it's in my possession.
GUEST: But it will be on display.
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