On March 9, 1959 this glamour gal was born! And although she had a strange beginning as a gag gift for men (and named Lilli), Mattel bought the rights to her and turned her into a beloved toy. Since then over 800 million Barbie dolls have been sold.
I loved my Barbies–and I loved my Barbie Townhouse: c. 1977. Of course I loved to re arrange the furniture. What little interior designer didn’t love their doll house or Barbie Dreamhouse?
The elevator was awesome (even though it didn’t always slide well) and it is a feature that the designers brought back for the 2013 house–pictured at the bottom of the post.
And on a super random note…
I also had some weird thing called the Liddle Kiddles Klub. I’m not sure if any of you remember this but there were little dolls that went with it.
For a reason that I cannot remember, the Liddle Kiddles came in perfume bottles and jewelry pieces.
Anyway…Just wanted to see if anyone else had those or remembered them. They were incredibly groovy to me as a kid.
I got the Barbie “Plane”: c. 1972 for Christmas one year.
Which was basically an advertisement for United Airlines. It opened up into this wonky interior and I was always a bit disappointed when my stewardess Barbie (she didn’t become a flight attendant til the 1980′s) couldn’t quite close the galley doors properly…(as you can see below). It was vinyl and odd but I loved it all the same.
I remember Ken like this:
And he drove a DreamVette:
Now Ken looks like this: He might actually be prettier than Barbie.
The Beans loves Barbies and at times it is challenging to find a Barbie that is appropriate for a five year old. Apparently Barbie likes to go clubbing now.
I can’t remember if I had the camper or if a friend did. The side opened up and there was a plastic fire pit accessory and folding campaign chairs. You can be sure that Barbie went “glamping” not camping!
The first Barbie Dream Houses in the 1960′s were made of cardboard:
The next Dream House was plastic:
The furniture was basic but colorful:
Somewhere along the way these incredible Peacock chairs came about—And I would LOVE to have big girl versions of these in my REAL house:
Here are some later versions of Barbies pad…
And don’t forget the pool! ”C’mon in Barbie and Skipper, the water is divine!”
The latest version of the Dream House: Lacks imagination if you ask me. Too pink. I dig the elevator though.
Perhaps the weirdest thing I found when I was looking for vintage pictures for this post?
McDonald’s Barbie! Yep, in 1982 Mattel released the “Barbie loves McDonald’s” set. Um, yeah.
If you are a Barbie fan you can purchase most of things off Ebay where I found a lot of the pictures. It’s amazing to me what people save. I love to relive a childhood memory.
Did you have any of these? What was your favorite Barbie moment?