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Doll of the Month October 2023: Kirsten And The Original American Girl Dolls

Since we have one extra Monday this month, I thought it would be fun to tell you some fun facts about Kirsten and the other 2 original American Girl dolls, Samantha and Molly!

  • Despite bangs not being historically accurate for a girl in the 1800s, Kirsten had bangs to correspond with Samantha and Molly's wigs.

  • An original American Girl doll cost $68 in 1986. In 2023 dollars, that is $184, about $70 less than the $115 American Girl dolls cost today.

  • Each doll came with the same kinds of things - meet outfit and accessories, school outfit, accessories and desk, holiday outfit and accessories (usually including a doll in those accessories), a bed, and pajamas. The Birthday collections and Happy Birthday books released in 1987, and the Saves the Day and Changes For collections and books released in 1988.

  • Pleasant Rowland, American Girl's founder, came up with the idea for American Girl dolls in Colonial Williamsburg, a vacation destination inspired by the Revolutionary War. However, Felicity, from that era and place, didn't release until 1991.

  • The first holiday season that American Girl products were available, roughly $1 million dollars in products were sold.

  • American Girl was independently owned by Pleasant Rowland and manufactured in Germany (then known as West Germany before the German reunification of 1991) until 1998, when Mattel bought the company.

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Nov 14, 2023

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Oct 30, 2023

I've been told that the 1980's and 1990's were considered to be the "golden age" of American Girl. I began liking American Girl around 2008-2009 when I was in the fourth grade. I remember the 2000's also had great things and still paid attention to the historical characters.


For instance, the historicals were given mysteries, short stories, cookbooks, crafts books, paper dolls, movies, activity books, video games, etc. Five of them were given best friend dolls and books. Truly Me dolls were also better in those days because they had natural human hair colors, not the rainbow-haired dolls like today. There was still that emphasis on education.


I recently got to watch a video of someone playing Mia: A Skater's…

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Nov 10, 2023
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American Girl also gave the historicals McDonald Happy Meals back in the day. I remember them. They came out in 2009 when I began liking American Girl and when Rebecca came out. My teacher gave me the Kit one. I think I still have it somewhere in my bedroom. There were also Felicity, Kaya, Josefina, Julie, Kirsten, Molly, and Addy. In 2014, McDonald's Happy Meals even had Isabelle Palmer toys. This collab was much cheaper than any of the collabs we had this year.

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This was the glory days of Pleasant Company/American Girl If only it could have continued as they added other beautiful historic girls.

Marilyn and Marion

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KirstenKitFan
KirstenKitFan
Oct 30, 2023

how interesting! :D (i think you meant $70 more instead of less though!)

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