Vintage Midge Dolls were introduced in 1962 as Barbie's best friend. Midge was created to counteract the criticism that Barbie was too mature-looking for kids. She has the same body as Barbie, with identical markings and went through the same transformations. Being the only same-sized friend of Barbie ever sold made sharing clothes and accessories easy.
Freckle faced or not, the Midge doll without freckles had a longer hair style.
The color of her two piece bathing suit depended solely on the doll's shoulder length hair color:
Red hair - Yellow and orange suit
Blonde hair - Two shade of blue suit
Brunette hair - Pink and red suit
The original Midge dolls had straight legs that did not bend at the knee. That all changed in 1965, when bendable legs were introduced.
A rare Midge doll was sold with teeth the first year.
With her introduction, her name was added to all Barbie bodies, so the bodies for both dolls read:
This has caused a lot of confusion - as many people think their Barbie doll is a Midge. It all depends on the head!
Later Midge and Allan married and had children. This was quite the controversy for Midge, as many considered a pregnant doll inappropriate for children.
Later a "Happy Family" line was available to include Midge, Allan, Ryan, a dog, and Grandpa and Grandma.
Vintage Straight Leg Midge (1963 - 1966)
Vintage Wig Wardrobe Midge (1964)
Vintage Bendable Leg Midge (1965)