May. 30, 2011 @ 2:40 PM _

Did you know that American Girl Dolls were started by a woman named Pleasant Rowland back in 1986? In essence, she was fed up with the “disposable doll” culture and wanted to create something long lasting that could be handed down as an heirloom for generations. She was inspired to create the back stories and lives of each historical doll by her own love for history. She believed girls would be able to identify with history if it was connected through the dolls. That is why each doll comes from a different time period. Success was rapid and she began producing more and more dolls with her company along with accompanying accessories and books. By 1998, she had sold her company to Mattel for a 700 million dollar payout- to the very people she made her dolls to go against. It was once Mattel had the company that they began making the dolls that looked liked or even dressed like the girl buying it.
Did anyone have an American Girl doll growing up? I didn’t for they were too expensive. I did have a best friend who had four. She had a Korean doll to look like her (Korean) as well as a few others who were white as well. I remember loving to play with a brown haired one. (I named her Christa McAuliffe after the teacher who was on her way to space on the Challenger before the crew met their death.) They were pretty cool dolls, at least as I remember, my friend and I identified with those dolls much more than Barbies. (which we despised) The only thing is that I don’t remember a history coming with any of her dolls. Hmm…

Did you know that American Girl Dolls were started by a woman named Pleasant Rowland back in 1986? In essence, she was fed up with the “disposable doll” culture and wanted to create something long lasting that could be handed down as an heirloom for generations. She was inspired to create the back stories and lives of each historical doll by her own love for history.

She believed girls would be able to identify with history if it was connected through the dolls. That is why each doll comes from a different time period. Success was rapid and she began producing more and more dolls with her company along with accompanying accessories and books. By 1998, she had sold her company to Mattel for a 700 million dollar payout- to the very people she made her dolls to go against.

It was once Mattel had the company that they began making the dolls that looked liked or even dressed like the girl buying it.

Did anyone have an American Girl doll growing up? I didn’t for they were too expensive. I did have a best friend who had four. She had a Korean doll to look like her (Korean) as well as a few others who were white as well. I remember loving to play with a brown haired one. (I named her Christa McAuliffe after the teacher who was on her way to space on the Challenger before the crew met their death.) They were pretty cool dolls, at least as I remember, my friend and I identified with those dolls much more than Barbies. (which we despised) The only thing is that I don’t remember a history coming with any of her dolls. Hmm…


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