Story: Children’s play

Children with Cabbage Patch Kids, 1985

Children with Cabbage Patch Kids, 1985

Children pose with a newly arrived batch of Cabbage Patch Kids, in August 1985. These dolls, which originated in the United States, were a phenomenon of the 1980s, providing a contrast to the glamour of the Barbie doll. Their price tag reflected the growing affluence of the decade – in 1985 Cabbage Patch Kids retailed at $90 each.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/3536

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Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - Toys, commercialism and technology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013