A couple months ago, I won a chunk of e-Bay auctions that got me every American Girl Magazine from the 1992 premiere issue to Nov/Dec 1999 for a fairly cheap cost--by the time they all lumped together, it was about $2.50 an issue, not counting the shipping. I never had a subscription as a child, myself, ever--but I really like the older issues. And there's a lot of things in these magazines that are pretty nifty--the first years tended to be historically driven and not care so much about the modern life here and there. So I felt like giving some data out about these is a good thing. I'll do probably one a month, because twice a month would rip through them fast and once every other month is too slow. Hence, Magazine Monthy--a look back at past issues of American Girl, and the nifty things therein.
Take into account the following.
- I don't have most of the paper dolls in the magazines. The person I purchased them from was likely a former kid who wanted to clip and cut out the paper dolls, and they were not included. So none of them are there. I do have over half of the paper dolls but those are going to be their own segment. And if I do happen to have a paper doll from a magazine, I'll talk about it. I also don't have any mini magazines or removals. If it got taken out the magazine, I probably don't got it. Though it looks like things like plays might still be on my pages.
- I prefer to focus on the articles and stories about historicals/the collection, and less on the "from kids your own age" thing, because I'm now an adult.
- These are being photographed instead of scanned, and there will be only a few pics of the things I find fascinating. I'm avoiding copyright violations as much as possible. It is hard to get back issues, but I can't justify a full upload of the magazine.
- This is not a page by page detailing of the magazines and never will be. It's snippets that I think stand out.
- If there's something I can actually research up on the nets, I will link to it.
The first page discusses that the magazine is all about the American Girl of today and is filled with "Your sparkle and spirit." Hey, that's been around for years. I guess I have to let it slide some. It also talks about how there will be stories about the Historical girls, and girls from all kinds of times. Because you're a part of history too. (I suspect this was a precusor to the moddies in a way). There's also details on the cover model, Mary Blakemore. She loves dancing to her boom box and playing with Night Train, her cat. Heh. Boombox. I had one of those.
Into the magazine. First thing's a pointless timeline, mostly focusing on AG characters and the girl they made a paper doll of. Next is Girls Express--a bunch of micro articles:
- a mock interview with Carmen Sandiego
- sewing things onto your socks, because we did crazy shit like that in the 90s
- girls rapping about veggies
- article about Sarah Chang, a young violinist (website here)
- survey of crap kids did before internets, like watching TV
- how to drive yourself nuts with a group of toddlers by holding a Tot Olympics (hell no)
- Buzzword--basically, increasing vocabulary. Never a bad thing. This month's word is "persnickety."
|"Molly and the Movie Star."|
|Details about movies in the past.|
- Melissa Arnesen-Trunzo, the daughter of Deborah Arnie Arnesen.
- Hasina Huntly-Cooper, the daughter of Frances Huntley-Cooper, the first and only African American mayor in Wisconsin when she was elected in 1991 as the mayor of Fitchburg
- Chelsea Lantos-Swett, daughter of (if my searching is right) Richard Swett, who at the time was a New Hampshire Congressman
- Susan Rossi, whose dad was campaigning for state representative.
- Stephanie Valencia, whose dad was on the city council
- Katie Gilchrest, daughter of Wayne Gilchrest, who was in congress
- Nailah Jeffferson, daughter of William J. Jefferson, the first black congressman in Louisiana after Reconstruction.
|More 90s goodness.|
|Somewhere I had overalls like that.|
More 90s clothes. Suffer with me.
I skipped the article about soccer. Sports, whatever. Would have skipped the next but....
|Pizza Clown wants your soul.|
After this was two pages of math problems disguised as decoding a puzzle. I'm on to you, math. Then a page of mad libs, and a page of jokes--and a logic puzzle. Still on to you mag.
|Pierced Ears. Mal and Jess need this. (BSC Joke!)|
One girl was like "my dad said I have to be 21 to get my ears pierced, he's from the 50s, I said I'd stop talking to them but they said no still" I'd like to think she grew up and got as many holes as possible in every part she could. Fuck you, Daddy, I have a septum piercing.
|Bonus Historical Story! With Kirsten!|
"Imagine" is a part I actually find interesting: It looks on old paintings with girls in them, and discusses the paintings and the details about the painting itself. This one is "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" by John Singer Sargent. I'm an artist, of course I like art!
|Next time on Magazine Monthly.|