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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

My Collection Part Sixteen: American Girl Felicity

Yes, Felicity finally arrived. I'm not going to do a thorough review, just some remarks.

I saw complaints online about re-created Felicity's hair and her pin curls. She certainly does look... odd. Her hair should should not be pulled so far back; it should be covering her ears. I'm afraid her hair is done the way it is because she does not have as much hair as original Felicity did, but I'm going to try to adjust her hair anyway.

Her shoes are single-lasted, which means they are made to fit either foot. This enabled the shoes to be traded off between feet so the shoes wore more evenly and could be worn for longer. She also wears a shift and the thick stockings that you see. In real life, they would be wool. They do feel soft and woolly.

Her accessories included:  her garter ribbons to tie to the tops of her stockings


a brocade purse, handkerchief and coin called a bit

and her round cap and coral necklace. Felicity looks a bit better wearing her cap. Her coral necklace was supposed to be for "good luck." I remember reading about children all the way into the 1860s wearing bead necklaces whose stones were supposed to afford certain gifts to the wearer. Unfortunately, I can't find anything specific right now. I'm guessing the practice was at least due in part to a much higher rate of child mortality.

A little card was also included to explain the origin of Felicity's coin and why it was called a bit. I think I recall bits coming from Spanish doubloons, but maybe dollares were also called doubloons?

I was in grade school in 1976, the year that America celebrated the two hundredth anniversary of its founding. That year, our school picture had us holding a small replica of the Liberty Bell, and sometime around 1976, my class at school also made horn books, used by children for centuries to learn to write their alphabet, among other things. Felicity learns from a horn book in her second story, and Pleasant Company had one for sale for her doll. That interest in the Colonial Era from my childhood may be why I have always found history in Colonial America interesting, although not my favorite era. I'm glad to add Felicity to my collection, and wearing what I think is the most historically accurate "meet" outfit.

While looking up photos of vintage Felicity's hairstyle, I read something interesting. Apparently, Felicity was the first doll that Pleasant Rowland got the inspiration to create, after a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. However, Goetz, the company she went to for her doll making, was only making dolls with bangs at the time, and Felicity would absolutely have not worn bangs. So Rowland created some other dolls first, including Samantha. Bangs were not popular anymore during Samantha's era, but it was conceivable that she would have had them, at least.

I have a big project that I'm working on little by little, which is where my time has been going. I'll only tell you that it involves a trip to IKEA. :)

Total dolls: 70

8 comments:

  1. Hi Barb! She does look lovely and her accessories seem quite detailed. These American Girl dolls seem to be very well made and detailed for something that I believe is still considered "playline". I did Google the original Felicity and I do agree that her hair looks a bit off, but it does look nice with the cap on. I do like that these dolls are meant to have some educational value to them and include interesting bits of information.

    Now I'm very intrigued to learn about that project you've been working on. I haven't managed to do much doll related this past week, but hopefully I'll be able do something this weekend.

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  2. Well, American Girl dolls were originally designed for girls to play with, so they're technically playline, but I think girls were also supposed to treasure them and play with them carefully. I really loved the American Girl dolls more when it was about teaching history, instead of what it has evolved into today.

    I'm really hoping to have my project finished soon!!!

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  3. Lady Felicity! Can you pull her cap down over her ears? I used to do that to hide the flaws in my doll's hair. She's lovely otherwise.

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    1. Yes, I'll probably adjust Felicity's cap, but I want to try to change her hairstyle a bit before I throw in the towel. :)

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  4. She’s great. I love the little details in these historical dolls.
    Coral in particular was used to “protect” children as beads into the twentieth century, but I think by then it was more to do with tradition and coral beads being nice and cheerful but not overly expensive, than superstition.

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    1. Yep, all the details is what made American Girl dolls so special. I know children's bead necklaces didn't always have a superstitious component involved, but there were instances where it was done. I mentioned the 1860s because I think after that the "protection" element starting dying off, but then again bead necklaces were fashionable in their own right during the 1870s.

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  5. She's lovely! I love her eye colour, clothes, accessories, everything. The bit and the shoes info is so interesting, I had no idea. The hair is a bit flat, but I think that you'll be able to make it look fuller, and pulled over her ears it will look much more as the first Felicity's. She's a treasure. :)

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    1. I haven't felt like dealing with Felicity's hair just yet, but yes, I think that I can get her hair looking fuller. I'm very glad that I was able to add this doll to my collection due to the re-release.

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