Hi everyone! For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m going to be sharing some pictures of a fall 2003 American Girl catalog. I love the old American Girl catalogs, probably even more than the newer ones! It’s really fun to look back at all of the adorable dolls, outfits, and accessories that were available at the time. All of these pictures that you are about to see were taken by me earlier today. So, let’s get started!!
First off, let me say that this is not originally my catalog. I ordered it off of Ebay (for a pretty good price considering it’s over ten years old) about six months ago. It was my very first Ebay purchase as well. 😉 The doll on the cover is actually Kailey, the Girl of the Year 2003-2004. (She was released in summer 2003, and retired one year later, in summer 2004.) This catalog introduced her! If you can see, in the top left hand corner it says, “Meet Kailey, the newest American Girl!”. I thought that was pretty cool. 😉
(BTW, click on the image to see it larger and read the descriptions.)
This is what it looks like when you first open the catalog, complete with a table of contents and everything!
On the next page is a short, sweet letter from American Girl. Now that is cool! I never knew the people at American Girl actually wrote letters at the beginning of their catalogs back then. I really wish they still did that because they seem really neat and inspiring!
Here are some of the My American Girl pages (which were called American Girl Today at the time):
This is interesting: they actually had girl-sized Halloween costumes, so you could match with your doll! How awesome is that?! And they were only $48, which wasn’t too bad considering all that they come with.
I love that Beachside Outfit!! Super cute! And Coconut looks absolutely adorable.
OK, now this is really cool. Back then, American Girl sold party accessories, so you could have a Coconut-themed party! That actually sounds pretty fun. I’d love something like this, because not only do I love Coconut, but I am also a total dog person!
Here’s a two-page spread of all the historical characters at the time. Back then, Felicity (who is now retired) was only sold online. That’s pretty interesting. I never knew that until recently. Above each character was a trait that described them.
Here’s a closer look at both of the pages:
It’s kinda hard to believe, but Julie, Rebecca, and Caroline weren’t even around at the time yet! Julie wasn’t released until 2007, Rebecca came out in 2009, and Caroline made her debut in 2012.
Kit in her limited-edition “Tree House Outfit”! That outfit looks super adorable! I wasn’t into AG when it was out, but I wish I was because I would have LOVED to buy that! In my opinion, I think it’s the cutest outfit they’ve ever made for Kit. (Take note, AG…all of Kit’s future outfits do not have to be pink to be cute. 😉 )
If you can see, near the bottom of the picture, American Girl had a special deal at the time where you could get 3 of Kit’s outfits, two of her books, and a short story called Kit’s Tree House (which is where Kit’s Tree House Outfit comes from, obviously). All that for only $88! Nowadays, all that would be such a steal!
Here is the lovely Samantha in a full two-page spread! She looks so cute in her super cozy winter coat! I can’t decide if I like this coat or her new Beforever one better. Probably this one, since it looks warmer and is a little longer, but they’re both adorable.
Some of Miss Molly (who is also retired)’s outfits! I love her Victory Garden dress. That color looks perfect on her!
Here’s something interesting-which isn’t in catalogs anymore for obvious reasons-the order form! Back then, this was how a lot of people would order their stuff from the catalog. Nowadays, most people go online or to the American Girl Place. *Fun Fact: Did you know that at the time, there was only one AGP??? No joke, it was the one in Chicago. The New York store opened later that year.*
Bitty Baby!!! Ahh, they are super adorable!! I love their little pink outfits! Nowadays, I believe there are about twelve different kinds of babies to choose from, but back in 2003, there were only five. I think I like five better than twelve-it just makes choosing a baby a whole lot easier! Also, at the time, Bitty Babies were only $40! That’s half of what they are now…what a difference twelve years makes.
And here are the Bitty Twins! Back then there was only one pair of twins-the blond boy and girl. You also weren’t able to choose two girls or two boys. Their outfits in this picture are just too cute! I love the girl’s little hood! 😀
Finally, the last two pictures:
For a few years, American Girl sold stuffed Angelina Ballerina dolls, outfits, and books. I wasn’t into AG when they were being sold, but I must say from what I’ve seen in this catalog, these cute little mice are just to die for! I love the little tent and Angelina’s hiking outfit. 😉
American Girl also had a line in the early- to mid-2000’s called Hopscotch Hill School. They were for younger girls just starting school. The dolls they sold in 2003 were Hallie (not pictured here), Skylar, and Logan. I had one of these dolls, Gwen (who wasn’t sold until later on), and I had a few of the books when I was younger, too. In fact, I think my sister still has a very old copy somewhere of Bright Shiny Skylar!
That’s all for this week’s Throwback Thursday! I hope you enjoyed looking through this American Girl catalog with me. If you’re interested in seeing any more pictures of the catalog, just comment down below and let me know, and I will be happy to do another post on this catalog! At the moment I do have another AG catalog from 2002, and I hope to get more old catalogs in the future.