Dolls dressed in Girl Scout uniforms have been popular toys and sought-after collectibles for nearly a century. The earliest known Girl Scout doll dates to 1917, and “generations” of rag dolls, paper dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, Barbies, and Groovy Girls have all worn uniforms that match their owner’s official brown, blue, or green dress.
Among the items on display are a homemade 1930s-style Mariner (poor dear, she’s lost a shoe and a sock), an Effanbee doll in a 1962 Senior Roundup outfit, Barbies in adult uniforms made from patterns sold through the catalog in the late 1990s, and paper dolls from the early 1950s with “real” hair.
For quick backgrounds, we used fabrics from the Robert Kaufman Girl Scout collections of 2009–2010.
For President Obama’s Inauguration on January 20, we will change our display to focus on the First Ladies and their role in Girl Scouting.
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