Saturday Night Special: Welcome To The Dollhouse

February 20th, 2011

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“This photo is from my 8th birthday. My grandmother bought me this American Doll for Christmas the year prior, along with glasses to “make me feel better” about getting some myself, and she apparently thought it was a good idea to be photographed with the doll on birthday. Wow, Grandma, the doll hovering over my head wasn’t creepy at all…not at all.”

(submitted by Keeley)

64 Responses to “Saturday Night Special: Welcome To The Dollhouse”

  1. Greg says:

    Wasn’t that the doll that killed Telly Savalas in the twilight zone?

  2. Cara says:

    You unbraided Kirsten’s hair?! Wow, mine still has her original braids, 14 years later. (admittedly, they ARE probably filled with dust, due to sitting on a self with Samantha for the past 10)

    • Megan says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Katie says:

      Really! I never understood how AG does those loopy braids in the first place – is it a trade secret like the Coke formula or something?!

    • Rayberay says:

      Actually, that’s Molly, from the 40’s. Molly had two long, regular braids and is the only American Girl with glasses, so I guess that’s why the little girl got Molly.

      Is it sad that I still remember this kind of thing?

      • AG doll buff says:

        Your memory has failed you, because that is NOT Molly, who is a brunette. That is Kirsten, with a pair of glasses added.

  3. Kristin says:

    Grandma is sweet and there will come a time when even this picture will bring back memories and will give you a good laugh. I got a picture of myself with a cabbage patch doll when I was little. But I wouldn’t share it now! lol give her a big hug she is probably a little girl at heart.

  4. Cathy Adams says:

    You should update the doll to how you look now. . .and recreate this photograph. Then send a copy to your grandmother.

  5. Laura says:

    I wonder what the photographer thought taking a picture of only the doll.. o_0

  6. Kelly says:

    Ok, has anyone seen the USPS commercial where the family is telling the mailman they need to get rid of the clown gift they ordered? And the mailman says “Oh come on, it can’t be that bad….” and then is a bit, um… unnerved when the clown shows up at the door?

    Yeah, that’s exactly what I did when I saw this picture. Too creepy. I’m still shuddering.

  7. Mel says:

    This is awesome! I used to love the American Girls!

  8. Renee says:

    Why did they put you both in Outer Space? Makes the whole thing look so weird. Poor Grandma’s plans 🙂

  9. Uncle Mike says:

    Such a cute little kid!

    But have you considered making another copy so that you could see it as a 3-D stereogram? (Or maybe it would be spelled “stare-iogram”)…

  10. Karise says:

    Such a lovely doll, if only Keeley had been holding her, it would have been such a sweet picture 🙂

  11. mb says:

    stabbitty,…just stabbity.

  12. adfogg says:

    Run little girl run!

  13. Ebster says:

    The girl looks cute. The position of the doll…why couldn’t she just be holding it or something?

  14. Emily says:

    That’s the Kirsten doll wearing the Molly glasses…HOW AWKWARD!

    Wait, what?

    • annie says:

      This isn’t Kirsten: they also have dolls that you can have made to look like you.

      • Ashley says:

        i’m pretty sure it IS kirsten. she’s wearing the same dress kirsten comes with, and that’s what kirsten’s hair looks like if you take the ribbons out.
        not to mention, judging by the time frame of the picture, they didn’t have the “customizable” american girl dolls when this picture was taken.

        i ruined all my american girl dolls hair. poor samantha looked like a boy after i was done with her. 🙁

        • Kim says:

          Lol, Ashley, I was thinking all the same things! I had Kirsten and my sister got Molly since she wore glasses. However, I guess grandma wanted her to have the blond haired doll so it matched better? My sister had blond hair and she and Molly got along just fine. Historical inaccuracy!!!!

  15. Moogie says:

    Pretty decent of the photographer to photoshop out the meat cleaver.

  16. giant_turnip says:

    2001: A Doll Odyssey

  17. Nichole says:

    If only the doll were seated and the little girl’s head were floating in the cloud above…

  18. Sarah says:

    The hovering over-the-shoulder photo is ALWAYS creepy. No matter who is back there.

  19. Lalala says:


  20. er…that should be “that always follows you” 😉

  21. MAP says:

    Awww I think that’s really sweet. I would have loved to have an American Girl doll who looked like me when I was that age. Granted, I’ll admit the setup of the photo isn’t awesome, but it’s still a cute idea!

  22. Sherri says:

    Creepy as hell!

  23. beatriz says:

    sweet grandmother

  24. Carolyn says:


  25. Jo says:

    Man, I wanted that Kirsten doll SO badly as a kid. I’m jealous, even with the creepy photo, would’ve been sooooo worth it.

  26. Tim S says:

    [Pulls string] I’m your new friend. I’m here to help you. (evil giggles)

  27. Bexa says:

    I don’t know, I think it’s kinda nice.

  28. Karyn says:

    Seed of Chicky. What she can’t see…will hurt you.

  29. middleagedgrump says:


  30. Crazy Babe says:

    This is actually really touching! That is such a grandma thing to do… their minds work differently than ours do, you see… and they think to themselves: “This is just the thing to cheer up little Tina!” [Shaking head] Oh grandma….

  31. Rin says:

    It’s Kirsten! I had her when I was little.

    • Donna Sue says:

      I was a just a little too old to get one when they became popular, but I secretly always wanted Kirsten. Is it weird that that was my first thought when I saw this picture?

    • annie says:

      I have several American Girl dolls, too! Samantha, Molly, and Josefina. When my cousin and I were little, my grandmother made us each a trunk full of American Girl-style doll clothing that fit each doll we had. I still have my trunk, and I plan on passing it down if I ever have a daughter. Easily the best gift I’ve ever received.

  32. ArleyAdams says:

    I just hope this isn’t up in your livingroom. And if it is, im sure its a good.conversation piece!

  33. Melissa Kerno says:

    That’s just too funny 🙂

  34. ScoutC says:

    “My name is Talky Tina and I hate you!”

  35. ginger85 says:

    I would be scarred for life!

  36. toona says:

    quit grade grubbing dawn weiner!

  37. Keisa says:

    (whispering)…I..see…Doll People…

  38. ditt says:

    “Hi, I’m Talking Tina and I don’t like you!”

  39. Tracie says:

    A bit creepy…if you would have been holding Kirsten it would have been just cute…but the hovering…well, creepy! LOL!

  40. babytoes says:

    It could only have been creepier if she had dressed you and the doll exactly alike.

  41. Uberwench says:

    This looks like the next sequel in the “Chucky” series.

  42. Jackie says:

    Awww, I think it’s sweet. And the doll does look somewhat like you.

  43. Dave says:

    This will replace the sad clown in my nightmares.

  44. Magillicuddy says:

    Wasn’t there a horror movie with a poster like this ?!

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