Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: Old American Girl Doll Catalogs
But my little sister, who was better with money than anyone else in the house, saved up and bought her own Samantha doll ($82) with book (oops - $86), plus her accessories set ($20). Her doll, book, and accessories cost $106 in 1991. These were never inexpensive dolls.
My grandmother scored a few American Girl bookish collectibles at an estate sale last week, and brought them to our house, along with four old American Girl catalogs from 1991 and 1992. The catalogs had belonged to my sister, although I loved to look at them myself. I wasn't ready to be out of middle school. I wanted to go back in time and play dress-up with Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly, too.
Our first two catalogs were from the waning days of the original three dolls. The dolls were still issued by Pleasant Company. (Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel in 1998.)
Just in time for the holiday season, 1991, a fourth American Girl doll was introduced: Felicity Merriman.
My daughters had a ball looking through these catalogs the other night. They loved looking at the Kirsten and Felicity stuff, since they hadn't seen much of it before. Most of all, they loved seeing the pages full of little girl clothes that matched the doll clothes. They have pajamas to match Molly's and Kit's, but the dresses! The nightgowns! The capes and coats and shoes!
Little Sis looked at the pages of Molly look-alike clothes and cried, "Aww! Why couldn't I be born back in the olden days???" She didn't mean 1944. She meant 1991. She really wants Molly's sweater outfit for herself.
Oh, kiddo. I still wish I had Samantha's Victorian cape...
|Little Sis with Molly, Big Sis with Kit. More American Girl stuff here...|
And one more photo for you. Poor Mr. B, braving the American Girl store in Kansas City like the wonderful dad that he is...
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