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American businesswoman Ruth Handler created her now-classic Barbie Doll after seeing a German doll that had its own wardrobe and was small and plastic. She wanted to make a doll for young girls to have fun with and dress as a role model.In 1956 during a trip to Europe, Ruth Handler came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli.  Handler reworked the Lili Dol and Barbie was born.

Ruth Handler invented Barbie, the first teenage fashion doll. Applauded by Andea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere Engineer.


Over the Years i had one of the early i i I had one of the early barbies and was handed down to my niece and then to her daughter.

Vintage Barbie Ponytail Dolls were issued from 1959 to 1966. Her design evolved over the years and there are 7 different variations. These are known by their numbers - #1, #2, #3, etc.

Number One and Two Ponytail Vintage Barbie Doll - Vintage Barbie Ponytail Dolls…

ken & barbie get hitched- hope Barbie has matching shoes ;

Barbie attends wedding-these clothes were my ultimate wish. I only got a wedding dress from a send-away catalog and it was a treasure.

Ruth Handler, Inventor of Barbie Doll, Dies at 85 (April 2002)  After a mastectomy , she manufactured The Nearly Me prosthetic breast - made of liquid silicone enclosed in polyurethane and had a rigid foam backing.  (see http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2009/03/barbie-turns-50.html    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/29/arts/ruth-handler-whose-barbie-gave-dolls-curves-dies-at-85.html?pagewanted=all=pm  )

BARBIE’s inventor Ruth Handler must have been quite a lady. She was an inventor, a business woman and an entrepreuner. I think we can learn alot from her.

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Barbie Fashion Icon of the - Mistakes by Mattel! - A site to showcase collections of Vintage Barbie dolls and fashions.

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1966 – 2016 Francie Fairchild, Barbie‘s Modern cousin.

How to tell if it's really a Number 1 Barbie

This is the very first Barbie produced and is known as a "ponytail" Barbie - for obvious reasons. Although early dolls are stamped Barbie was not introduced to the public until is the copyright year.

Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children's toy dolls were representations of infants. Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company.

Barbie — Love Her or Leave Her

I have a lot of looks that are inspired by Barbie. The first one I decided to model was the original 1959 Barbie doll. This photo was taken by Pin Up Girl Cosmetics in Atlanta. Which Barbie look should I do next?