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1960s Barbie Doll House

Updated on October 17, 2014

My 1962 Christmas Dream Gift - Barbie Dream House

The Barbie Doll House was brought out in 1962 by Mattel. This is the first house Barbie had since her debut in 1959. It was made totally from cardboard and folded out from the box. Mattel called it "Barbie's Dream House."

The house was one large studio apartment style room complete with furniture. All the furniture, fixtures and fittings were also made from cardboard.

As this was the first ever Barbie doll house it was every little girls dream to own one. Only the most fortunate of children would have got their hands on the 1960s Barbie Doll House.

I was just THAT lucky - I received a Barbie Dream House for Christmas 1962. I can't even imagine all the time it took my mother to put all that cardboard furniture together. Thanks Mom!

(Photo Credit: I've Always Been Here)

What Came With Your 1962 Barbie Dream House?

Barbie's Dream House included a bed with bedside, sofa, coffee table, side chair with footstool and a sideboard. There were also cardboard rugs and pictures.

A chest of draws, wardrobe and bookcase with cupboards were built into the back wall of the doll house. These could not be opened and were just for show. The whole house could be folded up back into a box with a carry handle so you could take it with you anywhere.

Retro 1962 Barbie on Amazon - WOW - Do These Bring Back the Memories!

1962 Barbie Dream House Video

Do YOU Have Any Barbie Dream House Memories?

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    • amandascloset0 profile image

      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      Only Barbie Dream House memories I have are drooling over the JcPenny cataloge hoping Santa would bring me one. haha..

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      shewins 4 years ago

      I didn't have one, in fact I didn't even have Barbie, all I had was Midge. My best friend had one though, and that was almost as good. She also had Barbie, Ken and Skipper.

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      dsr485 5 years ago

      That was before my time but it must have been magical to own one. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful lense!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      @AprilAlice: What an awesome grandparent you are! I know she'll remember that gift forever and ever!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      @AprilAlice: What an awesome Mom! I'm sure she'll always remember it!

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      AprilAlice 5 years ago

      I built one [out of wood] for my granddaughter when she was 3 years old and very much into Barbies. It took me about a month to build it!!!!! Then I had to build the furniture too. The doll house "industry" scale is 1 to 12. To build to Barbie scale I needed to make my house 1 to 6. It was big!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      My sister still has her 60's Barbie stuff in storage

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      How cool is that. I'd love a vintage Barbie house

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens! thumbs up

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I was too old for the Barbie craze but my daughter sure did enjoy her barbie camper and a doll house I had saved from my youth. Angel blessings for the memories.

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      biminibahamas 6 years ago

      Holy Cow, talk about memories. Yep, I had one and it was the best .. I hauled that darn thing around until I got married, LOL! Thanks for bringing back some terrific memories!

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      My bff was older than me and had a Barbie Dream house LOVED that thing. Think it's still in her attic coveted!

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      How cool. We never had an official Dream House, but I remember building a lot of doll furniture for my sister's Barbie... and that she complained my efforts looked tacky because I used too much Scotch tape!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      I never had one, we were poor. Lol I use to like GI Joe better, was a bit of a Tom Boy. I really enjoyed your Lens, brings back memories.

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      Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      So cute. I know couple of girls who could spent hours just looking at this lens. Thumbs up!

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      grnidlady 6 years ago

      awesome nostalgic lens! i still have my barbie dream house.

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      MelissaRodgz 6 years ago

      I loved the old barbie dream house. Brings back memories.

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      I had Skipper's dream room. I saved up my allowance and bought it myself.

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      ludyshubs 6 years ago

      No, I didn't have a Barbie house, but I would have enjoyed playing with one.

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Pretty sure I had this exact same barbie doll house model as a little girl, cool find!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, Barbie has sure come a long way hasn't she? I was a little too young to get that first dream house but many many Barbie things came to me shortly after that year.

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