Who, Again, Invented the Cabbage Patch Kids?

Re-reading a 1980s toy story

Jonathan Poletti

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Martha Nelson Thomas (undated; c.1975; fair use; colorized)

InIn 2015, an artist who’d died two years prior appeared on the cultural radar. A Vice documentary, “The Secret History of Cabbage Patch Kids,” said the creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids, the #3 selling toy line of all time (after Hot Wheels and Rubik’s Cube), was not Xavier Roberts, as usually said, but a Kentucky folk artist named Martha…

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