Cabbage Patch Kids is a line of dolls created by American art student Xavier Roberts in 1978. It was originally called 'Little People'. The original dolls were all cloth and sold at local craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. The doll brand went on to become one of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America. The Cabbage Patch Kids brand of products originally started as dolls called Little People, created by Xavier Roberts with the help of four women, and inspired by Tennessee artisan Martha Nelson. The name change to Cabbage Patch Kids was instigated by Roger Schlaifer before he secured the worldwide licensing rights to 'Little People', and was the basis of the story co-authored in 1982 by Roger and his wife, Susanne Nance Schlaifer. An abbreviated version of the story was reproduced on every Cabbage Patch Kids product from 1983 onward.
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