I wish I had some info about this book, but I don't. The front and back covers were identical, so I only scanned the back (so silly of me. Didn't I know I was going to want to know that stuff from the files alone?), which doesn't carry the publisher info, so I don't even know who produced this book. It's obviously a reprint, since the dolls are numbered 2 and 4 (and there are only 2 dolls in the book). It looks to me like the dolls have been redrawn with 50's style hair, but the clothes are early 40's. My guess is that it's a Saalfield book, but that's just a guess.
Whoever published it, it's lovely.
My paper doll friend Debbie forwarded this scan of the cover of the Merry Mermaids book to upload with the rest of the set. It's nearly identical to the back cover, except for the background colors. As far as I can tell, there is no publisher information on the front cover either.
Thanks to Debbie for the scan!
Click on the images to enlarge, right click to save. Print from any graphics program, clothes on plain paper, covers on card stock.
Carolyn K tells me that Merry Mermaids was published by Reuben H. Lilja. It doesn't seem to be a reprint, but that leaves the mystery of the missing Dolls 1 and 3. Thanks for the info, Carolyn!
More info on this set- Peggy E and Carolyn K say that Merry Mermaids is a reprint of #903 Jaunty Juniors, which was published in 1946. Dolls 2 & 4 from that set were redrawn, but the clothes stayed the same. There is no word on what date Merry Mermaids was printed, but my guess is very early 50's. Thanks Peggy and Carolyn.