When Ruth Handler and Mattel introduced Barbie in 1959 it created quite a
sensation! She was inspired by Ruth's daughter Barbie (of course), as an
alternative to their weekly shopping for paper dolls.
I was born the same year as Barbie and she was a very important part of my childhood. When my own daughter started playing with Barbie, I fell in love with her beauty and elegance. Shortly after that, I rediscovered the precious few pieces that survived my childhood and I began collecting vintage Barbies. (The coat and purse pictured on the left are from my original childhood collection.) Vintage Barbie dolls and clothing are beloved by collectors for their quality and representation of the clothing of the era. As styles have changed, so has Barbie.
(This is a 1960 Barbie TV ad! Click on the arrow in the middle of the screen to watch it.)
Of course there have been many others and as little girls who played with Barbie have grown up, an entire industry of collectible dolls has been developed for those of us who still like to play with our dolls!
My goal is to provide a comprehensive resource to vintage
Barbie dolls, clothing, accessories and other collectible fashion dolls,
beginning with Barbie's debut in 1959.
The main focus of this is vintage Barbie and her friends and family. I will also be adding in other vintage dolls and today's dolls as well. I hope you will stop back often and please send me your comments and suggestions.
Vintage Barbie Dolls - The first Barbie Dolls was released in 1959. This is a detailed chronological history of Barbie Dolls from 1959 to 1966. Each doll has its own page with pictures and detailed information...[Read More]
Mod Barbie Dolls -
A detailed chronological history of the Mod Era Barbie Dolls from 1967 to 1972, including Jamie and Truly Scrumptious Barbie Dolls. Each doll has its own page with pictures and detailed information...[Read More]
Vintage Ken Dolls - Barbie's Boyfriend (and her ultimate accessory!) was introduced in 1961. Includes Ken and Ken sized dolls (Allan, Brad and Curtis) from 1961 to 1975 and clothing and ensembles from 1961 to 1966...[Read More]
Vintage Midge Dolls - Midge was introduced in 1962 as Barbie's best friend. She has the same body as Barbie, with identical markings. Only three versions of Midge were manufactured, she disappeared in the Mod era and was replaced by more mod dolls - Stacy and PJ...[Read More]
Vintage Skipper Dolls - Barbie got a little sister in 1964, with the introduction of Skipper. In 1965, two Skipper size friends were added, Skooter doll and "the boy next door", Ricky. Includes descriptions of Skipper, Skooter and Ricky dolls and clothing...[Read More]
Vintage Francie Dolls - Francie was introduced in 1966, she was Vintage Barbie Dolls's mod cousin and was the first doll with real eyelashes. She had a slimmer "teenage" figure. In 1967 Francie's same size friend Casey was introduced along with the supermodel Twiggy - the first celebrity doll in the Barbie family. Includes pictures and descriptions of Francie, Casey and Twiggy dolls and clothing...[Read More]
Vintage Stacey Dolls - Stacey was introduced in 1968, Barbie's new "cool" Mod friend. She hailed from the Mod Mecca of hipness - Great Britian. There were two versions - TNT (Twist 'n Turn) and Talking Stacey. She was permanently retired after 1971. Includes pictures and descriptions of Stacey dolls and clothing...[Read More]
Vintage Barbie Reproductions are among some of the most popular and successful Collectable Barbie Dolls. Mattel issued the first Vintage Reproductions in 1994 to celebrate Barbie's 35th birthday. Includes pictures and descriptions of all of the Vintage Barbie Doll Reissues and Reproductions...[Read More]
Holiday Barbie Dolls The first Holiday Barbie was made in 1988. For many of us, it just wouldn't be Christmas without Barbie. Includes pictures and descriptions of all of the Holiday Barbies made so far...[Read More]
Halloween Barbie Dolls The first Halloween Barbie Dolls were the Barbie & Kelly Halloween Target gift set in 1997. There have been Halloween Barbies every year since - both Grocery Store / Pink Box editions and many years had a Target special Halloween edition...[Read More]
Barbie Hallmark Christmas Ornaments In 1993, Barbie Hallmark Ornaments entered the market. Hallmark has made Barbie ornaments every year since then and well over 100 ornaments have been produced. Includes a list of all the Barbie Hallmark Ornaments made so far along with pictures and descriptions...[Read More]
Vintage Liddle Kiddles Little Kiddles were introduced by Mattel in 1966. They were tiny dolls, ranging from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches tall, with pose-able limbs and rooted hair. Includes a list of all the Kiddles made with pictures and descriptions...[Read More]
Barbie Doll History - There have been numerous Types of Barbie Dolls made since she was first introduced in 1959. Includes pictures and descriptions of Barbie Doll History, including all of the different face molds used...[Read More]