Here is another look at JLY 9 doll and Samantha.
I brushed August's hair back and off to the side. This was how her hair looked in some of the old catalogs. Now it is dryer and not as silky. Here she is next to Samantha. You can see the hair difference and most of the JLY dolls did not have curls, or layered hair. Big difference from Samantha.
Faces look similar because of the time period they were manufactured. Eye difference makes it easier to tell them apart. However when I found August with her eyes closed in a box at my parents house I thought she was Samantha. She was in her dress so I wasn't sure what doll I was bringing back home until I saw her face and eyes.
Another thing I noticed in old catalogs is the eye color change in wording. In one it says GT DOLL 9 gray eyes in another hazel.
There is more variety now and very few dolls have bangs unlike the dolls of the 1980s and 1990s PC years. Let me know what you think of the similarities and differences in dolls yesterday and today.