Throwback Thursday – Retired Kit and Ruthie Items

While Kit and Ruthie are still available for purchase at American Girl, a lot of their collection has been retired. This is generally the case with all the historicals – part of their collection gets retired so AG can add new items to their collections over time. I thought it would be fun to ask our readers to share photos of retired Kit and Ruthie items for this week’s Throwback Thursday. 

Angela sent in quite a few photos of retired sets and outfits:

Camera- Kit’s Photograpy Set

Chair- Kit’s beach chair and umbrella

Kanani modeling Kit’s winter coat, beret and mittens, and work boots.

Kit in her 1934 Swimsuit

Lilly- May shows off Kit’s Reds Fan Outfit

McKenna is just too sweet in Kit’s Beach Pajamas and Slippers

Ruthie in her Play Outfit

Samantha looks cute in Kit’s Christmas Outfit with magnetic Scottie Dog

Accessories- Kit’s Nighttime Necessities

From Janet (this one plus the next three photos), we have Kit’s Play Suit, Overalls and Work Boots, and Winter Coat and Beret and Mittens.

Kit’s Typewriter set.

Kit’s Stove and Produce and Preserves.  Also, by the preserves is the evaporated milk from her Hobo Supplies.

Kit’s Pajamas and Slippers, Aviator Doll, Nightstand and Bedtime Extras.

Madelon owns some retired Kit books like Kit’s World, A Girl’s Eye View of the Great Depression (2008).

The first Kit’s World book from 2002 (Welcome to Kit’s World 1934, Growing Up During America’s Great Depression). I loved this series that American Girl did – there were so many neat little facts about life during the time of the particular character they were featuring and the photos are so engaging. We have the Felicity one.

In Kit’s Fashion Studio girls can create paper doll fashions for Kit! This set features paper fabrics, stencil sheets, accessory stickers, reusable sticky dots to hold clothing in place, and a Kit paper doll. The design book offers step-by-step instructions to make paper doll clothing inspired by the early 1930s, including a sweater set for school, a pretty party dress, or a cozy pair of pajamas.

While all of these books are technically retired, you can still find them on Amazon and eBay.

And Marjorie sent in this next set of awesome photos! 

Kailey is wearing Kit’s Scooter Outfi: dress, knee socks, yellow sandals, and a hat

McKenna is wearing Kit’s Winter Coat. It came with a beret and mittens

Chrissa is wearing Kit’s Reds Fan Outfit: shirt, jersey, shorts, knee socks, hat, catcher’s mitt, and baseball (no shoes!)

Sonali is wearing Ruthie’s Play Outfit: shirt, short pants, knee socks, saddle shoes, hat

Emily is wearing Kit’s 1934 Swimsuit, bathing cap, and sandals. This outfit came with the umbrella.

Lindsey is wearing Kit’s overalls. This outfit came with the overalls, shirt, and hat. Kit’s Brown Work Boots complete the ensemble.

Lanie is wearing Kit’s Playsuit, which came with shoes, socks, and a hairbow. I thought Lanie would like the bunnies on the suit!

And Felicity is wearing Kit’s pajamas and slippers

What a great looking group!

That was so much fun looking back at Kit and Ruthie’s retired collection! Thanks to all who sent in photos!

Since next Thursday is Valentine’s Day, send in your photos of any of your dolls wearing RETIRED Valentine’s outfits. Please save me time by resizing your images to 540 pixels wide first and put THROWBACK VALENTINE in the subject line of your email to me at

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  1. AgLifeWithU says:


  2. Alyssa says:


  3. N says:

    Kit and Ruthie have such an interesting collection! I like seeing how kids still could have fun and be happy during the Great Depression, but it’s ironic that none of the kids back then could afford an American Girl doll had there been one available.

  4. bailey says:

    hey char can I send in a few pics of my littlest pet shop?(for a post dedicated to littlest pet shop) I’m sewing cute little clothes for them and want to show everybody my adorable valentines ones, oh and almost all my lps are retired.

  5. bailey says:

    N-very ironic :~)

  6. Paige says:

    Char, are when are you going to post Doll of the Day for today? 😉

  7. aggirl says:

    N- very ironic lol Seriously American girl would sell no dolls

  8. Ava says:

    I looooooooove kit! I defiantly need to get some of those outfits.

  9. Sharry says:

    Awesome pics! I especially like the Kit’s World book. Is that a candlestick phone in her nighttime accessories? Cool! I always though Kit should have had a radio too, since radio shows like “The Shadow” were popular during her time (I’m a big fan of old radio shows). Not like Molly’s, but a cathedral radio.

  10. AGHopesandDreams says:

    yes very ironic!
    AG is getting more and more on my nerves with the price raising every year on just about everything!!!

  11. Char says:

    Paige – it is coming up soon.

  12. kananirulz says:

    I’ve never read anybody’s world books…

  13. kananirulz says:

    Char, I don’t mean to bother, but could you please visit my blog? I started January 30 I think and I would love for you to visit my blog!

  14. Sierra says:

    very cool. I thought for sure someone would send in a pic of kit’s treehouse. :) Only this morning did I realize I have retired kit book covers.

  15. Molly W. says:

    Oh I didn’t know the Kit’s World book was retired! My grandma gave me her extra copy a couple years ago….*jumps up and does the happy dance* 😀 That’s funny, cause it’s the only Kit/Ruthie thing I have, although a friend of mine has a bunch of Kit’s collection. I do think it’s a bummer though, because it told so much history in a fun way that related to Kit…
    Sonali looks so cute in Ruthie’s Play Outfit! Most of these outfits they retired were cuter and more historically accurate than what they have now, I personally think… I also think Lindsey is adorable in the overalls! :)

  16. Venus says:

    Omg, just now I was trying to type on my search bar, but then I thought of Google, so I ended up typing
    Get it together, Venus! XD

  17. cordelia says:

    Thank you to everyone for these excellent pictures. I really like the historical accessories and , I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the earlier historical dolls had a wider range of small accessories than the newer ones— perhaps, more will be coming for the newer ones. Looking at these photos, I can see why Kit has been so popular.

  18. StoryTeller says:

    I didn’t realize so much of Kit’s collection had been retired! At this point, I’m wondering what outfits she has left. *Hops over to the AG website to look.*

  19. Bella says:

    Great collection! I agree Cordelia, it seems there were a lot more accessories from the earlier dolls. My daughter only has one historical doll, Julie (the rest are GOTY or MAG) and I’m sorry we missed so much of Julie’s accessories before they retired (she wasn’t really into them then). Would love to get the VW car, but not at that price!
    One thing I would love to see is if they sold more of the accessories as singles, and not only in sets. Wishful thinking I guess!

  20. Gail says:

    love kits collection! the 1930s clothes are adorable and the type writer is so amazing!

  21. Maddie says:

    I adore the scooter dress!! That is adorable!!

  22. Nina says:

    Cool! I wonder if I have any valentines day clothes…

  23. maddy says:

    Wow! I didn’t know there had been so many Kit & Ruthie items!

  24. goty girl says:

    N isn’t to ironic because american girl started in 1989 or something and cool N i love the fact that ur making clothes for them

  25. Alicia says:

    kits type writer set is just too cute!

  26. AB says:

    Kit almost has almost as much retired stuff as Felicity. I’ve never noticed that!

  27. sabrina says:

    I love Kit and Ruthie! Great outfits!

  28. Fiona says:

    Wait- Kit’s Holiday Dress is retired? How dis I miss that?

  29. kananirulz says:

    i dont think so it was in the 2012 christmas cataloge…

  30. kananirulz says:

    no it isn’t retired

  31. Fiona says:

    Oops. Sorry people. I meant did, not “dis”. I’ve kind of got spelling eagle eyes.

  32. Fiona says:

    @Kananirulz- thanks for checking for me, I was too lazy! XD

  33. Cassie says:

    What about her treehouse????

  34. Tony says:

    Great pics Everyone! Thanks for sharing all the cool outfits and accessories! : )

  35. Marjorie says:

    That was lovely. I love Kit! It was fun to get so much of her collection together. I have a few Valentines outfits for next week; see you then!

  36. Bernitta says:

    I have always love Kit’s pjs.

  37. Kananirulz says:

    Fiona: anytime

  38. AGMcKenna94 says:

    Wait- kits stove and presvers are retired?? i thought i saw it in the jan. catolg. oh char- does it have to be from american girl? and wait- os there two kananiruz? wait- there is.

  39. Fiona says:

    @AGMcKenna94- Yup, it’s retired.

  40. AGMcKenna94 says:

    Why????!!!! I was just on the website, and it saaid it wasn’t. Maybe I’ll cheak again.

  41. Fiona says:

    @AGMcKenna94- Really? I saw that it was retired on the wiki. The wiki, it said that it was retired in 2012. That’s weird…

  42. AGJulie says:

    Another thing that was retired is Kit’s Treasure Tote. They still sell it at Barnes and Noble Booksellers but not at American Girl.