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Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Cabbage Patch Used To Be In The Mohawk Valley.

After a quarter century Cabbage Patch Dolls are still selling well, although nothing like they did in the mid-1980s when people stood in line for hours to buy one. I was working for Coleco Industries in Amsterdam when they began to manufacture the dolls. The dolls were actually manufactured in Asia and simply boxed up and shipped out from Amsterdam. Ed Bubniak and I were working the dock when the first shipment came in. We had never seen a Cabbage Patch doll before. When we opened a carton and looked at the first one, I said, "Who is going to want to buy this ugly thing." Ed agreed. It was quite obvious that we were out of touch with what girls liked.

Even though the Cabbage Patch doll was very successful, Coleco had lost so much money from its precipitate entry into the home computer field that it closed its doors in 1988. I hope to blog a little more about Coleco in the future. Meanwhile, you might be interested to know that there is a new Coleco Company making toys again. They have no connection with the former company. The do have the same Coleco logo and are marketing similar games.

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