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My Favorite Toy, The Original Barbie

Updated on February 18, 2015
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Every Little Girl's Dream... The Original 1959 Barbie!

Remember this swimsuit? It belonged to my 1959 Original Barbie. Hers was the face that sparked a thousand childhood fantasies of glamour and adventure... the beautiful 1959 original Barbie doll! Apparently my mom thought I should have one, even though I was a tiny infant at the time. Until I was quite a bit older, she was only "for pretty," to look at and only dream of touching. Since I was an only kid and took care of my "babies," I was allowed to start playing with her for real when I was around age 5.

Later on, my best friend forever Sue would spend hours playing Barbies with me. We would dress our Barbies in all kinds of special outfits. My mother knew a lady down the street who knitted amazingly intricate Barbie outfits. Mom apparently kept her busy making them for awhile since I still have lots of them.

Many years later when my daughter Carianne was around two years old, her Gramma thought it would be fun to let her play Barbies too. Unfortunately for me, one day my Mom was watching a neighbor child who thought she needed to take Barbie home with her. Alas, my 1959 original Barbie was gone forever.

I do still have her two swimsuits so that's some small consolation! Someday I hope to buy another one. All of my Barbies and their clothes are carefully packed away. My daughter doesn't have much interest in them now that she's grown up, but hey -I could have a little granddaughter someday who might love them!

Do You Have The Original 1959 Barbie? - 5 Ways To Tell If Yours Is The Real Deal!

As with anything wonderful in the world, there are always knock-offs and imitations, even outright fakes. How do you tell if your Barbie is the genuine article? Here are a few hints.

  1. The original 1959 Barbie has a round hole with a copper tube on the bottom of each foot.
  2. The irises of the original Barbie's eyes are white outlined in black, with just a touch of blue eyeshadow. (In later dolls, the irises are blue).
  3. Barbie #1's eyebrows are prominently arched.
  4. The second version of Barbie, which was also introduced in 1959, was identical to the first except the holes in the feet were omitted.
  5. The original Barbie came with hair of blonde or an almost-black brown.

Did You Know...

The original 1959 Barbie doll was created by a woman named Ruth Handler. She had been on a trip to Germany and based her design on a doll she saw while there. Barbie made her debut in 1959 at the Toy Fair in New York City.

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