Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Barbie (Still) Rules


Mattel introduced Ruth Handler's Barbie Doll at the New York Toy Fair on this date in 1959.


Why would I care enough about this to post a commemoration? It's a tiny yet huge piece of our culture. And I had two daughters who grew up in the sixties.
Image: about.com

6 comments:

Lin said...

Love her or hate her, Barbie was a huge influence on our culture. Me, I LOVED Barbie!! Couldn't get enough of her clothes. And that Ken?? Plasticky, but cute. :)

vanilla said...

Lin: Somewhere I read that Ruth Handler modelled both Barbie and Ken on her own kids. If so, she was mother to some real dolls. I mean besides B & K.

The Pink Birdhouse said...

How interesting, I did not know that she was introduced in the month of march, although I knew the year. I have always loved Barbie, and still have my original doll with all her clothes and some that my mother had made for her, in her carrying case! I love to bring her out and show my youngest daughter. My older sisters have their barbies too, some of the origial ones with the dark hair and beautiful faces! I have to wonder at times what they must be worth. :-)

vanilla said...

Debby: My guess is that they are worth whatever value you place on yours. I'm sure the memories are invaluable.

dogsmom said...

I would have sworn Barbie was around longer than that. I was born around that time and our Barbies were second generation. My older sister had Barbie, Ken and Skipper. I had Midge and the other supporting characters.

vanilla said...

Dogsmom: I believe I got the history right.

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