Friday, April 4, 2014

Who is this Mysterious Prototype?

In looking at American Girl's Archiving pattern, chances are great we will have a 1950s doll in 2015. 

Books are currently being written by Valerie Tripp.

  • When Samantha (1904) archived in Dec 2008, that left room for Rebecca (1914) to debut May 2009. 
  • In 2009 Kirsten (1854) was archived so that the Best Friends Collection NOLA girls, Cécile and Marie Grace (1853) could debut 2011. (what appeared to be behind schedule). 
  • Next Felicity (1774) archived 2011, making room for  Caroline (1812) debut Sept 2012.
  • Last year we saw Molly (1944) one of the original historical characters archive 2013, making room (possibly) for a 1950s character.

Lets face it...who doesn't LOVE the 50s??  My mom was born 1951 and my dad was in elementary school. My favorite singer Elvis Presley was all the rage in 1956.

Retro Waste

I decided to look up the 1954 - 1956 in wikipedia to see what major historical events happened.


President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
Vice President: Richard Nixon (Republican)

February 23 – The first mass vaccination of children against polio begins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

March 1 – U.S. officials announce that a hydrogen bomb test has been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

May 17 – Brown v. Board of Education (347 US 483 1954): The United States Supreme Court rules that segregated schools are unconstitutional.

September 3 – The last new episode of The Lone Ranger is aired on radio, after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.

September 11 – The Miss America Pageant is broadcast on television for the first time.


July 18 – The Disneyland Theme Park opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

December 1 – Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, and the national civil rights movement begins.


September 9 – Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

November 13 – The United States Supreme Court declares Alabama and Montgomery, Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

All of these events would make for an interesting book series.

What are your thoughts??


  1. Cool! I bet her story is going to focus on polio... wait, maybe she will have polio! and she'll have crutches and a wheelchair and therapy items! I don't know a lot about the 1950's, but if she gets polio, that would be kind of cool. We could have a disabled doll!

  2. Judging from these events, I can only hope that AG will make her Black so that she could focus on the Civil Rights Movement.

  3. I really hope they make a 1950's historical doll! I LOVE the 50's style clothing! I will enjoy sewing outfits for dolls in this time period!

  4. If she's not blonde and white I'm happy

  5. I just hope it is a pageant girl. I love pageants.

  6. It would be fantastic if she were either African American or had polio (like the other comments). AG needs to show some extreme diversity and I'm all for it! (I also really like the 50s styles and have sewn a few doll clothes in them).

  7. Where did you find out about Valerie Tripp writing the books?
    I'm excited, too-I really can't wait to see what her stories are about, since there was so much change going on back then!


  8. Very fun. My mom wants her already. Lol.

  9. I love Elvis! There are some really cool things happening in the 50s. Girls today would learn about the Cold War as well and the air raid drills routinely held in schools. My mom remembers them (she was born in 42).
    The 60s would also be a good era to introduce. Considering we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles's appearance on Ed Sullivan...

    1. I agree. Elvis as my first concert in 1975 at the Los Angeles Forum. Given the prototype images it appears this doll could be either late 50s or early 60s. Can't wait because I love both Elvis and the Beatles!!!!

  10. I'm looking forward to this doll- especially the poodle skirt!!!!!!

  11. I don't think it will have anything to do with polio because of NOLA