How can I tell the difference between new and repro vintage Barbie b&w swimsuits?

by Travis
(Tennessee)


I have several b&w swimsuits in my collection, recently I purchased one that was represented as vintage, but it has perfect elastic over the breast area and the white parts are solid white, it looks brand new, but no tags. How can I tell the difference?

Hi Travis -
In my experience the vintage ones are a thinner fabric than the repros and also not as "stretchy".
Also, all of the reproductions except the newest one My Favorite Barbie 1959 have a clear plastic neckband to hold it up.
I am adding a close up of a vintage suit.
Suzanne

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Question About Vintage Barbie Sunglasses

by Becca


I found these sunglasses at a sale with some other Barbie stuff that was not vintage. They look like they are older to me. how do you tell?

H Becca -
Having seen numerous pair of both the vintage & reproduction sunglasses over these years, these look like the reproductions to me.

Here is an up close picture of a vintage pair - I think you will be able to see the difference.


Suzanne

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Question About Barbie Tags and Shoe Markings

by Lara
(California)

Can someone please tell me about the tags and markings. I know black and white tags are the oldest and TM are harder to find than R. I know shoes marked Japan are most desirable and ones with holes in them are for the first outfits. But what comes next? I have seen Genuine barbie tags and purple barbie tags and shoes marked Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, etc.

Can someone please give me the order of when these were made or which are next best after Japan. Or even a link to a site or book explaining the History of the Barbie markings.
Thank you so much!!

So we start with:
B&W tags Japan shoes
??? ????

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SHOE MARKINGS
by: SUSAN K IN ST LOUIS MO

A GOOD SOURCE FOR BARBIE SHOE MARKINGS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

OPEN TOE SHOES... BARBIE BAZAAR DECEMBER 2003

PILGRIMS... BARBIE BAZAAR OCTOBER 2004

HOPE THIS HELPS,

SUSAN

Barbie Tags
by: Rico

The Barbie tag with the words 'Genuine Barbie' comes from the 1980's Barbie outfits. The purple one, comes from the 1990's onwards Barbie Fashions.


(Thanks Rico - Suzanne)

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Need help identifying a vintage Barbie outfit. (Garden Wedding)

by Jacqueline McDonald
(Canada)

Pink Satin Dress/White lace coat

Pink Satin Dress/White lace coat

pink satin sheath knee length dress with white lace coat with matching satin bow.
Has the black and white vintage Barbie tag inside the dress and the lace coat has a tag with the number 24 which just came off when I tried to unfurl it.
thank you so much, I can't find this anywhere,
Jacquie

Your outfit is Garden Wedding #1658 (1966-1967)

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Vintage Barbie Identification Request - Red Dress ( Music Center Matinee)

by Suzanne Ortiz
(Chesapeake, VA)

Mystery Red Barbie Outfit

Mystery Red Barbie Outfit

Red (possible crepe) skirt with snap and sleeveless tunic length top. Top has black & white Barbie tag.

Hi Suzanne -
Your dress is from Music Center Matinee #1663 (1966-1967).
Suzanne

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Thank you
by: Suzanne

Thank you so much for the information. I truly appreciate your expertise.

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Is this a Barbie Stormy Weather Hat Variation?

by Sandra Mann
(Baltimore Maryland )


I have had this hat for some time , It is made of the same fabric as the stormy weather coat actually I like it better than the hat that is moast seen with the outfit . Received it in a lot of barbie clothes on Ebay . Can any one tell me more about this hat I have included photos .

Thank you

Hi Sandra -
I am not familiar with it - we'll see if anyone recognizes it.
Suzanne

Here is a link to Barbie's Stormy Weather.

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Thank you Suzanne
by: Sandra Mann

Thank you Suzanne , I am sure it is Mattel made maybe the hat was in an exclusive and rare pak in the 60's . The hat is well made tight stiching and the fabric is an excat match to the coat . I saw one listed on Ebay but was listed as a rare variation , I woild like to know more and the value I do hope some one can help . thank you again for poasting
Sandra

It is a Pak item
by: Jax

I also have this hat which was included in an accessory pak in the Mod era. Sorry, in between flats at the mo & all my id books are in storage. I like to team it with the denim shorts set...Pedal Pushers, which has matching yellow stitching.

Hat Info
by: Suzanne

It is a Pak item, the name is "Extra Casuals" from 1968. It included the hat, Hot Pink Closed Toe Heels, Pink Vinyl Tote with a Big Daisy, Pink Rectangular Drop Earrings and Two Pink Bracelets.

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What is this outfit? Black Mood for Music?

by Diana Patton
(Oregon)

I have an outfit that looks just like "Mood for Music" only it's black. The long sleeved sweater is black with an angora-looking collar, no snaps or buttons. The shell is black with cap sleeves and 2 snaps. The pants are white cotton with one snap. Black open toed shoes and an orange belt (not sure if that goes with the outfit). All 3 pieces have the "Barbie by Mattel" labels in them. Sorry - no picture.

Does anyone recognize this. It had to have been from the very early 60's.

Thank you.

Hi Diana - Your items are from the 1962 Barbie Pak Collections

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Vintage Barbie Sweet Dreams, #973, Gold Loop for Blue Hair Ribbon

by Deborah
(Cocoa, FL)

Barbie Gold Loop

Barbie Gold Loop

Barbie Gold Loop
Sweet Dreams NRFB

First of all this is an incredible website and I appreciate all the work that it represents! I can not find a picture of the gold loop from Sweet Dreams. I think this is from that set, but would appeciate if anyone could confirm that from a set they have. Thank you!
Deborah

Thank you so much, Deborah!
I have attached 2 pictures of Sweet Dreams
with the gold hoop attached to the blue ribbon - it does look like your hoop could be the same one.
Suzanne

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Gold Hoop for sweet Dreams ribbon
by: Barbiefanatic

The gold hoop for Barbie's hair ribbon is made of metal and it is oval shaped.

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Question about first prototype fish that came in 967 Picnic set (1959)

Vintage Barbie Picnic Set

Vintage Barbie Picnic Set

hi there,

I was wondering if you had an more information on the first prototype fish that came with the 967 picnic set. Do you have a picture? Do you know what
it looks like?
any info you could provide would be greatly appreicated.

tahnks,
lexi.

Hi Lexi -
I don't have any information about the fish from Picnic Set - But I'll post your question in case anyone else knows. (I am also adding a photo)
Suzanne

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Picnic set fish
by: Susan Killian

I do know that the first fish were made from celluloid and very fragile, the later fish were made from plastic.

Prototype fish of Picnic Set
by: Rico

I saw the prototype fish on a vintage Barbie magazine. The earlier fish is painted with yellow and orange. And it has no fins. Scary looking for me because of the out of this world kind of fish.

Picnic Fish
by: Michael

I also found the celluloid fish and fishing pole on a small figurine from Japan. I passed it up due to the fish having been flattened over the years.

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can you indentify this outfit please >> Saturday Matinee

by suzanne
(Essex UK)



glod and brown pencil skirt
real fur collars and cuffs on the jacket
hat
short brown gloves
open toe brown shoes
single pearl on a chain
fur bag
earrings

It is Saturday Matinee #1615 (1965).

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Question about Vintage Barbie Shoes marked Japan

by DeeAnne
(Omaha, Ne)

Barbie Shoes

Barbie Shoes

My sister and I have decided to part w/our Barbies. We met at our Mom's house this week to organize our Barbies. It has been over 40 years since we have seen our Barbies. Our Mom kept everything and to our surprise we had complete sets of just about every outfit. Needless to say between the 25+ booklets we found and your website we could complete the sets. We had over 25 pairs of Barbie OT and closed toed shoes. I attached some odd and ends in the picture. However, we are somewhat confused because everything we've read says one or the other shoe will have "Japan" stamped on it. All our shoes have Japan stamped on the bottom. Is this common?

PS: Thank you for a fantastic site.

Hi DeeAnne!
Thanks so much! We are now all jealous of you & your sister & your treasures & the fun you must be having!!
All of the open toe heels (sometimes called mules) came with a right shoe & a left shoe. The left shoe is marked Japan, the right shoe is unmarked. I have never seen an exception to that. On the closed toe shoes, there is no right and left & they are all marked on the bottom.
Have fun & thanks again!
Suzanne

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Barbie shoes
by: Paul

Not sure when this was written but today I saw many people state right after they quit making the shoes with holes...They marked the right barbie shoe Japan.

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What ensemble do the medium blue open toe shoes go with

by Diane
(Texas)

blue ot shoes

blue ot shoes

i have several odd items I don't know what they go with, one is the blue OT shoes.

Diane

Hi Diane -
They were included with American Girl Barbie Doll and Firelights - Not sure what else.
Suzanne



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Is this outfit Barbie's "Solo in the Spotlight" dress?

by Joy
(Florida)

Solo in the Spotlight?

Solo in the Spotlight?

This is from my childhood (late 60's - early 70's) and I think it's "Solo in the Spotlight". When I looked it up on ebay, the listings I found described it as stretchy and glittered. Mine is not. This one is made of a stiff black cotton fabric and is covered with black tulle. I had it on a bubble cut Barbie body (I tossed her head back in the day because I thought she was ugly - regretting that now). Any ideas? Thank You!

Hi Joy -
Yes this is Solo in the Spotlight - the dresses didn't hold up very well - ones that were played with often had the sparklies worn off.
Suzanne

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Are there two different versions/sizes of the red velvet clutch for Red flare and Golden elegance?

by Mary
(Ohio)

Are there two different versions/sizes of the red velvet clutch for Red flare and Golden elegance?

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Red Velvet clutch
by: Susan K.

Yes, the clutch for Red Flare is more of a rectangle shape and the clutch for Golden elegance is more square

Tags & Snaps Dates
by: Holly

I was trying to find out what year the Barbie Stitched Labels stopped and the Printed Labels started and then what year did the Pink "B" Labels start? When did the Metal Snaps Stop and When did the Plastic Snaps Start and when did the Velcro on the Clothes start. Hard to tell from the books and I can find no info in the books about this. Any help would be great. Thanks Holly

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Barbie Tennis Anyone? Tennis Shoes

by Shawn Baker
(Olathe, KS)

Do you know if the tennis shoes in Barbie Tennis Anyone should have a Japan on the bottom of one or Korea? I have a pair of tennis shoes that have Korea on the bottom and I think they should Japan on the bottom if they go with the tennis anyone outfit. Thanks for you help.


Hi Shawn -

The Tennis Anyone shoes should be marked Japan. Barbie items were made in Korea from 1973 to 1978 - Tennis Anyone? was made from 1962 - 1964 - all Barbie items were made in Japan through 1968, and some were made in Japan from 1969 to 1972.
Suzanne

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Need help to identify Barbie dress. Possible Beau Time variation.

by Pam Hayes
(Merrillville, IN)

Beau Time?

Beau Time?

I have a Barbie dress I've been trying to find out what it is. The closest I've found was Beau Time. It has a Barbie label, it's made out of cotton. This is from my childhood collection, it hasn't been played with for over 40 yrs. Any help would be appreciated as far as the name and price if possible.
Thank you

Hi Pam -
Your dress is from 1967 - it was called "Best Bow" and was a Fashion Pak item that only included the dress. It is the same pattern as Beau Time, but they all had the red top (although a variety of different red fabrics were used) and a variety of different prints for the skirt - some of them from other Barbie and Friends outfits. I guess this is how Mattel used up their left-over fabrics!
Suzanne

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Thanks
by: Pam

Thank you so much for the answer. You sure do know your Barbie's. Thanks again

Best Bow
by: Gina

I have been looking for days to find this and just read your note, Thank you so much, mine has a polk-a-dot botton. You made my day, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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Vintage Barbie Clothing Identification - Belle Dress

by ernie
(PA)


Hi! I recently came upon a collection of Barbie dresses and there is one that Im not sure if it is from a Barbie collection, and if it is what its its name is. It has a small bow on the waist line, two metal snaps on the back and I would call it a faded denim or a bluish gray color. It is sleeveless and has no tags on it. Thanks for your help and time!

Hi Ernie -
This is a Vintage Barbie Fashion Pak Belle Dress (1962-1963) - it should have a tag.
Suzanne

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Name of Barbie outfit?

by Michaela
(Czech Republic)


Hello there, I'd like to ask you for help with identifying one Barbie outfit. It came to me on my Bubble Cut Barbie, but it's probably much more younger. First I thought that it's homemade outfit (as seller said to me), but then I found a label on the skirt - Barbie TM COLLECTIBLES 17572-5039. So it's probably from one of the collectible dolls. The t-shirt doesn't have any label so it's probably the homemade part of the outfit. Thanks for any help! Michaela

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ID help
by: Anonymous

Maybe at one time, a store had it and labeled it such; I do not recognize it as a Barbie item. The top's fabric is very like the clone clothes you see that were made in the 60s.
I do think it's a vintage outfit, but not a Mattel item.

strange
by: Annemieke

That number is from serenade in satin. I would like to see It inside out. I do like the fabric. And I am curious about the sewing on top of the skirt.

top-rockers
by: Anonymous

I think the top is Dana's from Barbie and the Rockers.

Raquel

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Question regarding Vintage Barbie On the Go Floral Sheath

by Theo
(Scottsdale, AZ, USA)

Full Front View

Full Front View

Full Front View
Close up of back/snaps/label
Close up of fabric

Hi and thanks for being available for questions! I love your website and visit it very often. My questions involves the Vintage Barbie On the Go Floral Sheath Dress. The dress I have has snaps on the back like all of the other sheath dresses. However, every Floral Sheath Dress I see on ebay has a zipper. Which is correct? Or did it come both ways? Mine has the correct Barbie by Mattel label and the fabric is identical to all of the others I've seen. I've included 3 pictures to help in the identification. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Hi Theo -
I don't think I have ever seen one with a zipper - everyone I have seen has snaps. We'll see if anyone else has seen zippers?
Suzanne

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On the Go
by: Charlene

My "On the Go" has a zipper as well. All the research I did on it states that it came out both ways, with a zipper first, like the other sheaths and then it was remade with snaps later on. The zipper version seems to be the more preferred version so it seems. Maybe it is more rare, but not sure about that. Hope that helps!

On The GO
by: Susan K.

Maybe it came both ways. Mattel did make this dress in 1964 and 1965. Perhaps the early ones had zippers and the later ones had snaps or visa versa. the dress I have in my collection has a zipper.

On the Go Sheath
by: Aaron B

Most definitely the dress came in a snap closure version as well as a zipper version. I have owned both versions of the dress. Neither version is incorrect. Hope this helps.

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Strapless Yellow /Silver Satin Gown w/Black & White Barbie tag (Cinderella)

Identification Help: Barbie Yellow Satin Gown

Identification Help: Barbie Yellow Satin Gown

This gown has the older original B&W Barbie tag and the dress has a strapless shiny silver material bodice with a satiny bright yellow long full length skirt. The gown has a soft, older white netting material as an overlay. It has an emblem of some sort (in a silver mesh material) on the lower center front area of the skirt as well as a band of soft silver edging along the bottom. I cannot find this dress anywhere for reference. I will include a picture for...thank you sincerely for any info!! Mary


Hi Mary - Your dress is the ball gown from the 1964 Cinderella set -
Vintage Barbie Cinderella.

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Collar
by: Barbara

This gown is very pretty, but it's missing the collar which, if I remember correctly, was made of a white netting and very wide. It was designed as a stand-up collar. Hope this helps.

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Question about Vintage Barbie Dress

by Susan Tortorice
(balto,md,usa)


Hi, it is very cute outfit but not sure what it is and if the zipper is original,any help would be appreciated.

Hi Susan -
Your outfit is Reception Line #1654 (1966-1967)

Susan also sent this picture wondering if possibly the zipper had been replaced:
Vintage Barbie Reception Line

Without seeing it in person I cannot say for sure, but it does seem to me that it was replaced at some point. It looks much larger than the zippers I am accustomed to seeing.

Suzanne

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Reception Line Outfit
by: Cablaine

I am a collector for over 20 years. The outfit is called Reception Line #1654 (1966-1967)
in fact I have this outfit. It comes with a blue hat with white flower and white close toe heels.

The zipper is original. For some reason on this outfit, the zipper is very large.

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Help Identifying a Barbie Outfit

by Joy
(NC)


Question
I have a bubble hair Barbie who came with this yellow summer dress, a purse, sunglasses, and a net hat attached to her head. Do you know what the outfit is called? The markings on her bottom are the cursive Barbie with the Roman Numeral 1968 and Pat. Pending. I'm including a picture.
Thank you.

Answer

Hi Joy -
I do not recognize the dress and am wondering if it is homemade? Does it have a tag? What type of closures does it have in the back?
Does any one else recognize it?
Suzanne

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Barbie outfit
by: Susan K

It looks homemade to me. It's a nice vintage outfit though.

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Barbie Long Skirt and Matching Long jacket Pink with gold polka dots callled????


Hi,
I have searched quite a while and can't find the name or any information on this Barbie skirt and long jacket outfit..marked with Barbie /Mattel Tag.any suggestions? MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE. What a great website thanks for doing this!!

Hi -
Your items are from Fashion Pak Satin Mix and Match Group from 1963.
Suzanne

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Suzanne Rocks
by: Julene

Wow thanks so much Suzanne...you Rock and know your stuff. This helps a lot!!!

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Vintage Barbie Doll Pink Sweater Id (Vacation Time)

by elishah


This site has helped me id all of my vintage finds, but this one thick v neck sweater. any info is much appreciated.

Hi Elishah -
Your sweater is from Vacation Time from 1965.
Suzanne

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Need help to ID Barbie accessories

by Debbie
(Hollister, CA, USA)

Barbie ID questions

Barbie ID questions

1) Two strand beaded black, orange & crystal necklace w/clasp
2) Pearl necklace (NOT graduated) on wire
3) Gold triangle dangle earrings
4) ?Color magic, cut out yourself outfit (dress, jacket, scarf & purse), no tags or markings

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Outfit ID
by: Susan Killian

The black and pink necklace is the HTF Day n' Night Sew Free outfit from 1965. The pearl necklace is probably a clone and the triangle earrings are from Evening In from 1971 or were found on the Casey and Twiggy Dolls. The dress and matching accessories are also Sew Free
the outfit is Pretty Traveler from 1965.

(Thanks so much Susan - I appreciate your help!
You can see more info here - Barbie Sew Free Fashions.)
Suzanne

earrings
by: priscilla

The earrings are from either evening in or from hair fair.

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Questions about Vintage Barbie Shoes Find

by Barbie fan
(Australia)


I've found a few of my original Barbie bits and pieces in an old box! Only one item of clothing unfortunately - the peignoir from the Nightly Negligee set (and how beautifully made the clothes were in those days!) - plus some shoes.

The shoes are: One lone black open toe shoe (probably from the After Five set), a pair of red open toe shoes (probably from Barbie in Mexico) and a pair of dark (royal?) blue open toe shoes. I also have a pair of soft plastic white tennis shoes, a smaller (and slightly yellowed) pair of tennis shoes and a hard plastic pair of heeled (cowboy?) boots with "Barbie" down the side of them.

I've been identifying the clothing I used to have and aside from the sets mentioned above. I know I had the Barbie Baby-Sits (the one with the pink striped apron) and Drum Majorette set - but that doesn't explain the blue shoes, tennis shoes and boots, so I have a few questions.

Blue shoes: I still have a later black Quick Curl Cara doll. She came in a multi coloured outfit but I don’t remember what shoes - maybe blue ones? Otherwise, can someone suggest what clothing set these may belong with.

Tennis shoes: I don't remember owning a tennis outfit for Barbie (but perhaps my memory isn’t what it was). Are there any other outfits that might include white tennis shoes? Or maybe they were for Francie? Is there any way to tell if they are genuine?

Smaller Tennis shoes: As for the slightly yellowed tennis shoes - they certainly look like they are from the 1960s, but they don't fit my swirl ponytail repro doll. Could they have been for Skipper?

Boots: Are the boots a genuine Barbie item? If so, what outfit do they belong with?

I wasn’t able to take a good pic of the smaller shoes but attached is one of the boots and 'larger' white tennis shoes.

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Barbie footwear finds...
by: Anonymous

White Barbie boots can be packaged together in 'shoe assortments' packaging. I got some of those when I was a girl, or were given some at Christmas. I remember getting white tennis shoes, boots, & other types of footwear.

Vintage Barbie Shoes Find
by: Barbie fan

Hi, Did you mean the white boots were in Mattel shoe packs or Brand X? I know I have never received any proper Barbie shoe packs (I never even knew they existed!) but I was given a packet of generic shoes, boots, accessories etc made in China possibly in the 1970s or early 1980s. The shoes and boots I still have from that set are very soft thin plastic and very cheap and nasty. The finish on them is nothing like the white 'Barbie boots'.

The blue open toed shoes are the real deal - they are definitely Barbie shoes. I just wish I could remember what outfit they came with.

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Question About: Barbie Tennis Outfit


I have a Barbie tennis outfit from about 1963(?) but am having a difficult time actually determining the year because my outfit does not have a flared skirt but just a one-piece body suit with shorts. When was this made and where there a lot of this design?

Thank you, Marilyn


Hi Marilyn -
The white one piece suit does not go with the other pieces - it is Fashion Pak Scoop Neck Playsuit Cotton Mix & Match Group (1962-1963). The rest of the items are from Tennis Anyone? #941 (1962-1964).
Suzanne

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Question about Original Barbie Doll Swimsuit

by Sharon Ockler
(Colden, NY )

I have a Blonde Barbe Doll from 1959 my sisters was brunette...hers came with the black and white striped suit mine was a red and white stripe suit.. I have seen no mention of a red and white suit in any of the descriptions of any Barbie Dolls anywhere..what is the story?? thanks Sharon

Hi Sharon-
Mattel never made a red & white striped swimsuit - the first one was Black & White Striped & the second one was solid red.
There were several Barbie Doll "clones" - or cheaper knock-offs on the market at the same time & some of them had different color striped swimsuits - I have seen blue & white stripes, red & white stripes & coral & white through the years.
Suzanne

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red suit
by: Sharon

Now that you mention it...It was plain red... sorry not striped....thanks

Vintage Red Swimsuit
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Are the vintage red swimsuits marked with a tag? I

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several outfits need names for please

by Diane
(Fort Worth, TX)


Don't know the names of these
name and date please if possible., also if in ensemble or pak

Top row left to right:
1 Blue striped sleeveless stretch tee
2; Pink "romper" suit that is what my aunt always called these one piece things
3: Yellow sleeveless sheath dress
4: Blue and white knit suit
5; Multi-colred striped strapless dress: gold cord at neck I guess was to "hold it up"
6: Short sleeve blue blouse

2nd row
7: Full length blue on top, white bottom with flowers
8: Blue striped, sleeveless dress
9: Silver lame with blue tulle and cape ( I asked about this the other day)
10: gold strapless with pink flower under a gold lace

Hi Diane -
I've just got a minute & don't have time to put in links - all of your outfits that are vintage are pictured & listed on the site. The yellow dress is Orange Blossom, the dresses are First Formal & Surburban Shopper. Knit top & playsuit are pak items. The blue top is a vintage Barbie pajama top - the other items are not vintage Barbie items.
Suzanne

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thank you
by: Diane

thanks bunches Suzanne,


(You're very welcome :) )

white crochet bonnet with yellow
by: Diane

I found this: it is from Francie's Fresh as a Daisy

#8 Blue Striped,sleeveless dress
by: Michelle

This lovely dress is listed in my mini-catalog Barbie & Ken 1962. as sububan shopper #969, novelty cotton & lace suntop dress with zipper back, cute cart wheel straw hat came with it and fruit-filled tote bag. It also came with necklace, pumps and telephone too! the set sold for $2.50 back in 1962!

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Help! Two dresses I can't identify!! Can you help???? (Holiday Dance)

by Mark
(Melbourne Australia)


Here is the 1st!

This is Holiday Dance #1639 (1965-1966).

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Need help identifying a green outfit, with shoes and framed picture and a wedding dress

by Christi Engelberger
(Seymour, TN)

First outfit in green with TNT Barbie

First outfit in green with TNT Barbie

I have a beautiful green dress, with green shoes and a gold framed picture of a sailboat. I was wondering if someone to assist in determining which outfit this is? I have come across a Barbie case of the Malibu Barbie, and a 1968 TNT in mint condition full of beautiful Barbie clothes. I have been able to determine most of the outfits, with the exception of two. They all seem to be in the same time frame from 1967 - 1970.

Also, did the TNT have her nails and toes painted or her fingers only? Mine has her fingernails painted beautifully, but no evidence of paint on her toes.

Hi - your outfit is Modern Art

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Vintage barbie Question: Is this a Barbie Coat/Sweater?

by Andrea
(GA)


Striped sweater/coat with white, ornage, green, and red. No tag.

Hi Andrea -
This is not a vintage Barbie item - it looks like it may be a homemade item, which were very popular in the 1960s.
Suzanne

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Help! Two dresses I can't identify!! Can you help????

by Mark
(Melbourne Australia)


And here is the 2nd one!

This is the overdress from Dinner At Eight #946 (1963-1964)

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Thank you!!!
by: Mark

Wow! Thank you so much!!

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Vintage Barbie Clothing Identification - Brown Coat

by mark
(Melbourne Australia)


Hello,

My girlfriend has been going through her vintage Barbie & Skipper gear and came across this item (pic included), which she can't identify? Can you assist? It is approx mid 1960s, fur coat item.
Cheers
Mark

Hi Mark - Your coat is It's Cold Outside #819 (1964-1966)
Suzanne

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Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help!!

Cheers

Mark

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Barbie Press & Peel Clothes patterns Mattel

by Sherri Zube
(Richmond MI)

Have you heard of a Barbie clothes set from 1964 that is a press and peel. A friend of mine has a few of these sets unopened but I can't seem to find any info on them. She said they are made by Mattel for Barbie. I guess you make the clothes yourself by peeling of something and putting the clothes together by some form of pressing them together. I don't have a picture but if need be I will get one.
Thank You,
Sherri Zube

Hi Sherri -
I don't have them on the site yet, but I think you are referring to the Sew Free Fashions from 1966. There were 12 different fashions that were held together with glue strips. You can see them here - Barbie Sew Free Fashion

Suzanne

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Sew Free Barbie Fashion Fun
by: Sherri

Thanks Suzanne those are the ones she has. I actually have them in front of me now she has 2 Sorority Tea and 1 Patio Party. They have all never been put together have all the instructions. Can you tell me what they might be worth. I saw the listings you showed me on ebay. But I wondered if they might be worth more than what they are fetching on there. Thanks Sherri

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by: EricaVee

They sort of brought these back in the 90's with the Barbie Fashion Designer software--you designed clothes on the computer, then printed patterns on fabric and put them together with glue strips.

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some and more help please

by Diane
(Texas)


Top Row
1: white lace "overdress"??
2: hat with green knit around the bottom
3: lace bonnet with yellow ties
4: straw hat with red brim
5: leopard patterened fur beret

2nd row
Pink dress with lace bonnet style hat: I had it on midge( that is I think she is midge) but it says Francine
2: hot pink cape
3: Hot pink felt hat with lace and feathers: not sure if maybe my mom did not make this???
4: patterned hose: kinda like a fishnet
5: pantyhose:

Hi Diane -
I've just got a minute & don't have time to put in links - all of your outfits are pictured & listed on the site. The white lace overdress is Orange Blossom, the purse is Evening Splendour, the straw hat is Picnic Set, the pink cape goes with the dress in the other picture - First Formal. The pink dress & hat are Dance Party.
Suzanne

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Questionable Barbie authentic blue and white swimsuit?

by Jessie
(North Carolina)

Hi! I inherited a 1960 #3 Vintage Barbie from my grandmother and its wearing a blue and white zebra striped swimsuit. Yes I do mean blue and white. I can't seem to find a tag on it but the pattern and material are exactly like the black and white swimsuits I also inherited. Can any one tell me if it's an original? Or what and when it was made for? I'm sorry I can't upload a picture but my computer won't let me for some reason. Thank you for all your help!!!!! Happy Collecting!!!!

Hi Jessie -
Barbie did not have a Blue & White Zebra Striped Swimsuit - hers was Black & White. I do believe that some of the Barbie "Clones" (or "knock-offs") must have come with them, because I have seen them before. As far as I know they would have little, if any, value.

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BLUE AND WHITE SWIMSUIT
by: Anonymous

EEGEE MADE A DOLL CALLED BABETTE TO COMPETE WITH BARBIE BACK IN THE DAY. THIS DOLL HAD A CHOICE OF 5 DIFFERENT COLORS OF SWIMSUITS WHICH WERE ALL, OF COURSE, ZEBRA STRIPE LIKE BARBIE'S. I HAVE A SKY BLUE AND WHITE STRIPE ONE MYSELF AND IT IS ON A BABETTE DOLL. BABBETTE DOLLS ARE VERY HARD TO FIND NOW DAYS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CHEAPLY MADE, I THINK COLLECTORS LIKE THEM JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE BARBIE COMPETITION.
SINCERELY,
LINDA

european
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hi, i beleive barbie did have a blue and white zebra swimsuit.
The sidepart bubble cut was sold in Germany wearing this colour.( i have one form childhood)

1962 Barbie with Gold and white Swimsuit
by: Anonymous

I have an original barbie that has this stamped on her right butt cheek: "Mattel 1962 Barbie 1958 By Mattel Inc. Patented" It is in the original box and has a gold and white stripe swimsuit with a brunette bubblecut. That is the way I got it from my grandma back then for Christmas.

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Can you identify this vintage Barbie wool shell?

by Jeri Wingfield
(Shelby Township, MI USA)

Ecru wool shell vintage barbie

Ecru wool shell vintage barbie

It is a ecru wool knit shell with a square neck. It has two snaps in the back and a Barbie tag inside. It is sleeveless. It looks like the bottom of the shell from "Open Road", but it doesn't have short sleeves. It has a square neck like those from "Square Neck Sweater", but the bottom is not the same. Help!

Oh, and by the way, your website has been invaluable in identifying all my vintage Barbie pieces from my childhood. My memory certainly is not what it used to be, and your site really helped me put all the pieces back together as they originally came. Thank you so very much for all your research and time! You really blessed me!

Hi Jeri -
First, thank you so much for your kind words about the website, I really appreciate them.

I do think this is a Square Neck Sweater. The first ones made were wool & looked just like this. (I assume it was originally white.) Later they changed from wool to acrylic with a tighter weave and an attached bottom (instead of knitted-in like this one).
The wool ones didn't hold up as well as the acrylic ones - so they are much harder to find - especially without holes.
Suzanne

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