Ponytail Barbie 3, 4 and 5 
Vintage Barbie Doll

Ponytail Barbie 3, 4 and 5 dolls were each designed with slight differences that made each unique in its own way.  It's these differences that help Collectors identify dolls today.  Despite the differences, they all had that famous black and white swimsuit in common.  


Ponytail Barbie 3, 4 and 5 Comparison Guide


Ponytail Barbie Number 3

Number 3 ponytail Barbie had either blue or brown eyeliner.  It was the only time for both, but blue eyeliner is rarer.  Some came with a braided ponytail.  The body smells like crayon and fades to an ivory color.

Model #: 850
Issue Date: 1960
Box Date: 1959
Hair Colors: Blonde, Brunette
Face:

Blue eyes.  Brows were blonde or brown.  Red Lips and blush.

Clothing:

Black & White Striped Swimsuit
Gold Hoop or Pearl Stud Earrings
White Sunglasses with Blue Lens
Black Open Toe Heels

Stand:

Black pedestal with wire stand

Body Markings:

Barbie T.M.
Pats.Pend.
(c)MCMLVIII
by
Mattel
Inc.

See Ponytail Barbie #3 on eBay 


Ponytail Barbie Number 4

The #4 ponytail Barbie was made using a new vinyl that retained its color - did not fade to ivory like the earlier dolls.  Available in blonde or brunette, with the main difference being that that was now a hard curl at the end of the ponytail.  Some #4 vintage Barbie dolls came with a factory braided ponytail.

Model #: 850
Issue Date: 1960
Box Date: 1959
Hair Colors: Blonde, Brunette
Face:

Blue eyes.  Brows were blonde or brown.  Red Lips and blush.

Clothing:

Black & White Striped Swimsuit
Gold Hoop or Pearl Stud Earrings
White Sunglasses with Blue Lens
Black Open Toe Heels

Stand:

Black pedestal with wire stand or Black wire stand

Body Markings:

Barbie T.M.
Pats.Pend.
©MCMLVIII
by
Mattel
Inc.

See Ponytail Barbie #4 on eBay


Ponytail Barbie Number 5

Ponytail Barbie number 5 was the first to be introduced with a hollow body, making them not as easy to bend.  Many #5 Vintage Barbie Dolls have a "greasy" looking face due to the type of vinyl used at the time.  Also, titian colored hair was offered for the first time, along with blonde and brunette.  

Model #: 850
Issue Date: 1959
Box Date: 1961
Hair Colors: Blonde, Brunette, Titian (red)
Face:

Blue eyes.  Brows were blonde, reddish or brown.  Red Lips and blush.

Clothing:

Black & White Striped Swimsuit
Pearl Stud Earrings
White Sunglasses with Blue Lens
Black Open Toe Heels

Stand:

Black wire stand

Body Markings:

Barbie T.M.
Pats.Pend.
©MCMLVIII
by
Mattel
Inc.

See Ponytail Barbie #5 on eBay



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