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Fisher-Price
"Little Girl" Soft Dolls
a.k.a. "lap sitters"

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These soft bodied dolls were introduced in 1974.  Originally there were six little girls that were referred to on the box as the "Little Girls", each with her own name.  As these sweet, cuddly dolls starting showing up on the secondary markets, they began being affectionately referred to as "Lap Sitters".  The name works!  They are just the right size to snuggle in a child's lap.  

The boxes showed all of the girls in the set on the back.  Eventually a boy doll was added.  His name is Joey.  When you squish these dolls down on a ruler, they measure about 14".   The dolls were designed with simplicity for the youngest of "mommies".    They were easy to dress.  Outfits were designed with easy fasteners (Velcro), no tiny buttons or snaps. They came with a removable piece of clothing such as a skirt or jacket.   When their clothing was removed, they were "ready for bed" in their "pajamas that never come off".  An old magazine ad touts: "Fisher-Price dolls don't talk, walk, eat, drink, sleep or do tricks.   They're old fashioned that way.  They've got soft bodies, just made for hugging.  And irresistible faces, made for kissing...all it takes is a loving child to make them into friends."

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Baby Ann #204

 

Joey #206

 
 

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Audrey #203

 

Elizabeth #205

 
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Mary #200

 

Natalie #202

 
 

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Jenny #201

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Baby Ann #204
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this doll is harder to find)

Elizabeth #205

Mary #200

Joey #206


This is the back of the box.  
The original box did not show Joey who was added a year later.

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It is always fun to find a factory variation from the usual when collecting dolls.  Here is soft girl Audrey, not in her standard blue overalls, but in a cute skirt that matches the print of her body.  I really don't have any information on why these variations occurred or how many were made but very few of these dolls seem to surface today.  Kimberly, a frequent site visitor, also shared with me that she has this same Audrey, but her doll also has a solid blue pinafore type apron with a large red heart on the front of it, over this skirt.  Interesting, I just love a mystery!

Here is a variation of Elizabeth in a pretty little lavender outfit. Her tag states #205K  This version is a challenge to find.

      Here's a more common variation that I have seen.  Unlike the others that appear to intentionally have a different design or fabric, this Jenny has the Elizabeth body and skirt instead of her traditional blue calico print. The body is also tagged with Elizabeth's number, #205, instead of her own. There are enough of these around to know that this wasn't just an isolated mistake.  My guess is that perhaps they were nearing the end of production and decided to use up all of their materials.

I've heard that Joey came in a removable jacket with either red or yellow sleeves, but these Joey dolls have different non-removable T-shirt patterns.  Their denim jeans are also a slightly different texture and the blue edging on one of the jackets is darker. Both FP body tags are identical.

  

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