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American Girls Album.

The American Girls Album is a family history album focusing on three Historical Characters: Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntire. It was released in 1990 and retired in 1994, and was also part of the Portfolios of Pastimes collection.


The album cover is a thick weight book, bound to the inner book with an elastic cord, with five image cutouts on the front and back inside cover, four squares and a heart. A removable insert has a clear plastic cover over four illustrations from the books Samantha's Surprise, Changes for Kirsten, Meet Molly and Molly Saves the Day; the center heart instructs the user to place family images over the illustrations to make their own family album.

The inner book is staple bound and a family history album. A family tree is included as well which includes both the maternal and paternal side of the family, and a section on ancestry.

The book encourages the user to write their story (it is assumed that the user is female) and get stories from their mother and two grandmothers--paternal and maternal. The sections are divided and ordered the same way the Central Series are. Intermingled in the sections are trivia and information about the characters and historical eras. The last page is for autographs, so that all members of the family can sign the pages.


  • While the older Molly portrait by Chris Payne is used as the portrait on the cover, inner illustrations are the updated ones by Nick Backes.
  • The book notes in the facts that Kirsten's last name was "Larsdotter" in Sweden, as Papa's name was Lars. This is incorrect, as his name is Anders Larson.

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