The American Girl company is releasing a brand new doll as part of an ongoing series of historically-themed dolls. The new addition to the American Girl collection is Maryellen Larkin, and she comes from the era of post-war 1950s.
According to People, the BeForever line of dolls includes characters from some of America’s most trying times, including the Civil War, World War II, and the Great Depression. But the newest American Girl doll is based around a happier part of American history: 1954.
Each American Girl doll comes with her own backstory and characteristics, and Maryellen Larkin is no different. She’s a strawberry blonde 9-year-old from Florida with a passion for drawing. The doll comes with an array of outfits appropriate for 1954, as well as three books with original stories about the doll’s character. These stories show the American Girl doll having adventures within the historically accurate realm of the post-war 50s. All three books are written by Valerie Tripp.
“At first glance, Maryellen’s circumstances appear determinedly normal,” the author said. “I did this deliberately, so that I could show that the extraordinary exists with the extra-ordinary, and it is Maryellen’s own sparky pizzazz that makes the difference.”
Fans of American Girl have been requesting a doll from the 1950s since the company started way back in 1986. Decades later, they’ve finally delivered with the adorable Maryellen Larkin.
Looking forward to sewing 1950's mid-century outfits for Maryellen.