Barbie, Fashion Icon of the 60's

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A Late Bloomer

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65 years old
Los Angeles
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Barbie Fashion Icon of the 60's

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I started collecting Barbies about 3 months ago after collecting Shirley Temple and Dionne Quints from the 1930s. I inherited my mother's original 27" Shirley Temple doll and in trying to find an original pin for it, I got hooked. I must say I did not really play with dolls as a boy growing up in the 60s. Not even GI Joe. The exception was I did own a Troll doll as a kid but it basically stayed static on a shelf. My younger sister and friends all had Barbies (she still has them at age 58) and I saw the fun they had. My next door neighbor was a print ad Barbie model in the early 60s (Jill Maninger) for either Mattel, JC Penny, Montgomory Wards, or Sears I don't recall but remember seeing a copy of the ad. I would love to get a hold of one of her ads for my collection. My Ex wife has had connections to the executives at Mattel for years (she's in the medical field) and has been given some very exclusive Barbies and now owns a fairly large (modern) collection without spending a dime! My first purchase was a #1 Barbie (gotta start some where) and I have since found an original T.M. box and booklet to go with her. I am missing the original stand but have a repro for now. My thing is 1st issues so I have the first issue Barbie Bubble, Titan Ponytail, Midge, Skipper, Scooter, Ken, Allan, Ricky, Francie, Stacy, and Twiggy (most all are boxed). My newest focus is on Mod/Hippie/Disco era clothes and will be outfiting my duplicate dolls in these. Groovy good times!

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Reply BFF Barbie
1:02 AM on April 13, 2016 
Enjoyed your instagram pages. Your dolls are beautiful , many thanks for the invite. I think the most interesting prototype is the 1970's Becky Doll, so wierd Mattel did a reproduction of a doll they never produced.If you ever come across one, let me know & post a photo. Marcia