1959 Vintage Ponytail Barbie Doll in Zebra Swimsuit

Vintage Barbie 1959 - 1960

Vintage Barbie 1959 - 1960 - Dolls & Fashions

Barbie was first introduced, in her now famous black and white swimsuit, in 1959. The first Barbie had a ponytail and came with a stand, sunglasses and black open toe shoes.

In her debut year, the "teen fashion model" had 22 ensembles. Some were casual, but most were glamorous and well accessorized.

The three outfits that were discontinued after 1959 are some of the most valuable and highly sought after by collectors, because they were made in smaller numbers and are now considered rare.

In 1960, 6 new outfits were added to the 19 that were carried over from 1959.

Vintage Barbie 1959 - 1960:


Vintage Barbie - 1959 

1959 Barbie Dolls - Ponytail 

#1 Ponytail Barbie

#1 Ponytail - very scarce and perhaps the most treasured by collectors, the #1 Ponytail Barbie was either blonde or brunette and had curly bangs and a below shoulder length ponytail with a hard curl on the end. She had white irises, blonde or brown eyebrows and red lips. #1 Barbie had holes in the bottom of her feet that fit onto her display stand. The first open toe shoes for Barbie had holes in the bottom to accommodate her stand.

Also released in 1959, the #2 Ponytail Barbie was identical to the #1, except she had solid feet and a wire stand. 

From 1959 to 1961 Barbie came wearing a Black and White Zebra Stripe Swimsuit

1959 Ensembles (click on link to see ensemble details - Here is a list of 1959 Ensembles with thumbnail pictures)

Vintage Barbie Easter ParadeEaster Parade #971 (1959)

Apple Print Sheath #917 (1959-1960) 
Barbie-Q #962 (1959-1962) 
Commuter Set #916 (1959-1960) 
Cotton Casual #912 (1959-1962) 
Cruise Stripes #918 (1959-1962) 
Easter Parade #971 (1959) 
Evening Splendour #961 (1959-1964) 
Floral Petticoat #921 (1959-1963) 
Gay Parisienne #964 (1959) 
Golden Girl #911 (1959-1962) 

Vintage Barbie Resort SetResort Set #963
(1959-1962)

Nighty Negligee Set #965 (1959-1964) 
Peachy Fleecy #915 (1959-1961) 
Picnic Set #967 (1959-1961) 
Plantation Belle #966 (1959-1961) 
Resort Set #963 (1959-1962) 
Roman Holiday #968 (1959) 
Suburban Shopper #969 (1959-1964) 
Sweater Girl #976 (1959-1962) 
Sweet Dreams #973 (1959-1962) 
Undergarments #919 (1959-1962) 
Wedding Day Set #972 (1959-1962) 
Winter Holiday #975 (1959-1963)


Vintage Barbie - 1960

1960 Barbie Dolls - Ponytail

Vintage Barbie Silken FlameSilken Flame #977 (1960-1961)

The #3 Ponytail Barbie, sold in 1960 also came in blonde and brunette. Her irises were now blue. Had either blue or brown eyeliner - it was the only time for both, but the blue is rarer. Some came with a braided ponytail. 

The #4 Ponytail was also released in 1960. This was the new "tan" body color that didn't fade to ivory as did the earlier dolls.

1960 Ensembles (click on link to see ensemble details) Here is a list of 1960 Ensembles with thumbnail pictures)

Busy Gal #981 (1960-1961) 
Enchanted Evening #983 (1960-1963) 
Friday Night Date #979 (1960-1964) 
Let’s Dance #978 (1960- 1962) 
Silken Flame #977 (1960-1961) 
Solo In The Spotlight #982 (1960-1964)


Vintage Barbie Wedding Day Set #972 (1959-1962)Wedding Day Set #972
(1959-1962)
Vintage Barbie Plantation Belle #966 (1959-1961)Plantation Belle #966
(1959-1961)
Vintage Barbie Roman Holiday #968 (1959)Roman Holiday #968 (1959)

Here are the current listings:



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