World Population Day

Yesterday was World Population Day, which works to make us aware/remind us of the ever growing population of planet Earth. I focused my contemplation of this day mostly on the population of the United States, so my mom and I decided to make a visual using most of our combined doll collections. Each doll is holding the number that is the approximate population of the U.S. during her represented year in history. The current population of the United States is approximately 318,900,000. Pretty staggering, huh?

Felicity: 1774, Caroline: 1812, Josefina: 1824, Kirsten: 1854, Samantha: 1904, Kit: 1934, Molly: 1944, Abby: 1999
Felicity: 1774, Caroline: 1812, Josefina: 1824, Kirsten: 1854, Samantha: 1904, Kit: 1934, Molly: 1944, Abby: 1999

One problem with this visual is that Josefina’s character did not actually live in the United States. She lived in the current state of New Mexico, which at the time was part of Mexico. Below is Josefina and the approximate population of Mexico in 1820. The current population is approximately 122,300,000.

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We have two other non-U.S. citizens in our collection. Elizabeth and Emily both were from England, so they are holding the approximate population of England in the 1770s and 1940s, respectively. The current population of England is approximately 53,000,000.

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I had fun doing a little research (my sources are listed below) and attempting to comprehend the sheer number of people on our planet. I also had a ton of fun getting all the dolls together! Here is a group shot of all our historical girls!

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Sources:

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?dsrcid=225439#rows:id=1

http://www.populstat.info/Americas/mexicoc.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_England

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