American Girl Addy 1864

Photographs courtesy of Alisa Williams

Name: Addy Walker 1864

Made by and When: Pleasant Company, 1993

Material: Vinyl with brown cloth body

Marks: ©PLEASANT COMPANY /148 / 16

Height: 18 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown textured Kanekalon wig styled in a loose French braid/dark brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth

Clothes: Original pink striped “Meet Dress,” white lace-trimmed pantaloons, black knee-high stockings, black lace-up boots, and navy-blue satin hair ribbon; the doll shown wears the first-edition, separately-sold bonnet and cowrie shell necklace, and holds a knotted beige printed kerchief inside of which is a water gourd and a half-dime.

Other: From the original Historical Dolls Collection, Addy represents a former enslaved girl who escapes to freedom with her mother in 1864 by traveling on foot and by ship with the help of safe houses and abolitionists from North Carolina to Philadelphia. Meet Addy is the first in a series of books about Addy Walker, the first of which were written by Connie Porter (who signed the doll and book shown). Addy’s first book was illustrated by Melodye Rosales, Dahl Taylor, Renée Graef (vignettes), and Luann Roberts (vignettes). Several mini versions of Addy have been made and several separately-sold accessories and clothing based on the 18-inch doll’s theme were produced. Reference:


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