When I carefully saved up to buy Anne, my American Girl of Today 6, I planned for her character to be partly like me but also aspirational. She could do things that I couldn't do, but that I wanted to do.
One of the big things that Anne can do that I can't is play the violin. I always wanted to play the violin but couldn't due to my hearing loss.
So when AG came out with a violin set for the Girls of Today, I bought it for Anne. I was really proud of it.
Unfortunately, the violin set didn't age well. I last opened it a few years ago, noticed a few things that were broken, and put it away, kind of heart sick. I had kept it very carefully, it just came apart from age and from glue coming undone.
Then I saw a new violin set at the Mattel Toy Store and decided to buy it to replace the one I bought so many years ago.
I was actually surprised when I compared the two sets. The older one was not as in bad condition as I thought it was.
So this is the older set on the left and the newer set on the right.
The cases are also very similar, but have slightly different latches and hinges. They are both lined in blue velvet.
The rosin is very different. The older set now just has an empty envelope, and the one one has a plastic rosin.
So, anyway, despite everything, I was able to pose Anne holding the older violin and Ellie holding the newer violin. These pictures mean a lot to me. I wish I could display them like this, but I have no doubt everything would fall down sooner rather than later.