Barbie The First 30 Years

Barbie The First Thirty Years

No other doll has taken the hearts, of children and collectors alike, by storm like Barbie doll, the number one toy in the world. This doll in her miniature world mirrors the dreams and wishes of little girls and their society. As if in a time warp, collectors can go back and relive the early 1960s with Barbie doll in her outfit dressed like Jackie Kennedy, bubble cut hairdo in her typical American dream home. Or isn’t it fun to again see “Beatle” Ken and Barbie doll in her miniskirt ready to Woodstock? Girls growing up in the 1960s played with a fashion shop, a school, and a little theater. Twenty years later modern times replaced these with a fitness center, an office, and a rock stage.

It is fascinating to see how Barbie doll dolls from other countries reflect the ideals of foreign societies. Barbie dolls sold in Japan in the 1980s have round blue eyes, blond hair, and a delicate figure. Barbie dolls from Brazil look as wild and sexy as any participant of the Rio Carnival. In Greece little girls were given Barbie dolls strapped to a candle to be held in religious processions.

The first part of this book shows a complete line of Barbie doll and her family that were available in the United States from the beginning in 1959 to 1989. Also pictured are all Barbie dolls sold in Germany at that time as well as many other foreign dolls and a few examples of the more than 1,000 different dolls that Mattel produced since 1990.

The second part of the book deals with foreign outfits, cases displays, and outfit variations, in short: unusual items many of which haven’t been published before. Also shown are some outfits and accessories from the regular line that may be of interest.

Not all Barbie dolls available in the United States were offered fin Europe. In the first years (Barbie dolls were sold in Europe from 1963 on) nearly all dolls and outfits were sold in regular (English language) boxes, even special dolls sold only in Germany. From 1978, on European and Canadian dolls came in multilingual boxes. This book shows many regular United States dolls in foreign boxes. If not specially mentioned, this different packaging doesn’t make a big price difference. Some foreign Barbie dolls are made by other companies under license from Mattel. This way is chosen when duty barriers make it difficult or impossible to import regular Barbie dolls.

Often the dolls were offered at different times in different countries. This book pictures the items under the first year that they were sold anywhere. Not shown are some of the Barbie dolls that are basically the same dolls as offered before but have minor changes in painting, hand molding, or outfit.

So, if you are a Barbie doll collector (or just love Barbie dolls!), …this book is a ‘must have’ for you…

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