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1962 Barbie and Ken and the Mattel Barbie Dream house

Updated on July 1, 2015

The 1962 Barbie Dream-house was Built to Last.

Built or very hard and durable cardboard, the 1962 Barbie Dream-house was built to last a girls childhood.
Built or very hard and durable cardboard, the 1962 Barbie Dream-house was built to last a girls childhood.

The 1962 Barbie Dream-house spoke more eloquent about that Era’s view of Life

Back in 1962 nothing spoke more eloquently about that era’s view of life than Barbie and Ken and the new Barbie Dream House for 1962. The gender and relationship folks could have a complete time warp with this model. But I do love the “Man Men” modern lines of this home. I think Don Draper would be happy in this house, nice bed, clean lines and a console television with built in stereo receiver, and plenty of sweet LPs to enhance the mood. Even with Ken’s wimp looks in 1962 he could be a smooth operator in these digs. I know Barbie at this time period did have marriage on her mind, but she would have look better with the GI Joe from 1964 than with Ken. Marriage and children are not for this home however, it is straight up a single woman’s pad.

The 1962 Barbie Dream house was not a home to raise children in. For one thing it did not have a kitchen or a bathroom. Just a living room, a sleeping area, and a nice vanity with a mirror to put makeup on and a very nice and tasteful closet. The living area came with a nice couch with a coffee table, a blue chair with matching ottoman, and a very Eames era lamp to sit on top of the large console television which came with a built in turntable and double speakers, looks like a Curtis Mathes from the same era.

1962 Mattel Barbie Dream House from the Out Side.

Ruth Handler made the very first Barbie in 1959

The very first Barbie was made in the year 1959 by Ruth Handler she was a co-founder of now world famous Mattel Corporation, Ruth own daughter was named Barbara. So you can see the inspiration for the name of Barbie. The first line of Barbie’s was introduced to the United States at the 1959 American Toy Fair that is held every year in New York. Back then it was Barbie's roll to be a teenage high fashion doll. Barbie met Ken in 1961 it was really on a television commercial that put them together. Ken became America’s most swerve and fashionable young man beside Barbie and her extensive wardrobe. Not surprisingly Ken was named after Ruth Handler younger son. Barbara Handler little brother.

The 1962 Barbie Dream-house looks good with her Austin Healey

The 1962 Barbie Dream-house made of durable cardboard, & look good with Barbies 1962  Austin Healey, Ken & Barbie have plenty of nice furniture in this modern home.  All it needs Kens 1962 Hot-rod.
The 1962 Barbie Dream-house made of durable cardboard, & look good with Barbies 1962 Austin Healey, Ken & Barbie have plenty of nice furniture in this modern home. All it needs Kens 1962 Hot-rod.

The very first Barbie sold for around three Dollars

The very first Barbie sold for around three dollars, and any extra clothing and accessories would be sold separately. Amazingly many of the dresses and gowns made for Barbie were miniature copies of the latest fashion trends from Paris and New York. In the first year of her production in 1959 there were over 318,900 Barbie sold worldwide. Starting in the year 1959 many world class fashion designers have created gowns and dresses for Barbie, many were perfect Barbie size copies from designers runway showings in Paris and New York.

Miss. Barbie Millicent Roberts was Barbie’s Complete Name

Barbie’s complete name of the first 1959 is Miss. Barbie Millicent Roberts, can you believe her having the middle name Millicent, sounds like she would be from Storybook with that middle name, and not from a town called Willows in the state of Wisconsin. The advertisement of that day stated that Barbie was a teenage girl, and was also a fashion model. But by 1962 she looked more like an office girl for Madison Avenue. I think even Don Draper would have hired her for his secretary. The new hair style even made her look like a young twenty something downtown office girl.

A look Inside of a 1962 Barbie Dream House, by Mattel

Barbie’s unusually body measurements have caused Problems

Sociologists and psychologies have had problem for years over Barbie’s unusually body measurements. When one realized that if the Barbie doll was a real woman she would have measurements that would be quite impossible with 36 inch breast, and an18 inch waist, and impressive 38 hips. In Barbie size that is five inches for her bust, three and a forth inches for her waist, and an amazing five and three sixteenth inches for her hips.

Barbie's home showed a Lifestyle of a Professional

This does not look like a teenager girls home. But a young single woman with a good paying job and a career in advertising or marketing.
This does not look like a teenager girls home. But a young single woman with a good paying job and a career in advertising or marketing.

In the 1960s Barbie Started to Change Her Looks

By the year 1965 Barbie was starting to change her looks. In this year she now had bendable legs, moveable eyes that could open and shut when she would sleep. Then in the year 1967 she could twist and turn with a real moveable body with a waist that twisted. She was becoming like GI Joe, an action figure, and no longer a stiff doll. It was a sign of the time.

Barbie and Ken living the good life in their 1962 Dream-house

The Barbie Dream House Came out for Christmas 1962

The remarkable1962 Barbie doll house was brought out for the Christmas holiday session in the year 1962 by those marketing geniuses at Mattel. This is the first real house for Barbie to live in and entertain her friends in its spacious walls. Amazingly this remarkable home is made totally from very hard and sturdy cardboard and folded out from the suitcase like box into a large garden apartment type home. It is beautifully decorated in those fabulous retro 1960s colors. Those marking masters at Mattel called this dream of a home “Barbie's Dream House” … It was a one large room, well designed studio styled apartment homes, and came complete with remarkable and tasteful Eames era furniture. The furniture and fixtures were like the house made for durable hard pressed cardboard.

Barbie had very nice Furniture back in 1962.

Now Barbie had very nice furniture back in 1962. She had a large Curtis Mathes looking state of the art console television, and tasteful accessorize.
Now Barbie had very nice furniture back in 1962. She had a large Curtis Mathes looking state of the art console television, and tasteful accessorize.

Collectors love the 1962 Barbie Dream House and its Accessories

Many Barbie and Ken collectors are always looking one of these first Barbie dream houses and thankfully for EBay they can still be found. The 1962 Barbie's Dream House included a tasteful; full size bed in a soft yellow golden color with matching pillows, a tartan style sofa with pillows, an imitation wood grain coffee table, a beautiful powered blue comfortable chair with matching powder blue ottoman and a Curtis Mathes style console television with double speakers, and a built in turntable. You also have books for the built-in bookcase, and pre-hung artwork and tasteful carpets on the floor.

The Camolot Era is here to stay in the 1962 Barbie Dream House

The built-in Design of this remarkable Home is Awesome.

The built-in design of this remarkable home is awesome. The bookcase and chest of draws, and stylish 1960s wardrobe are built in on the back wall. There is also a vanity with mirror area in the center of the back wall that is built into the wall. The suitcase design of the house with nice handle for carrying was great for girls to carry there Barbie Dream Home over to friends’ homes for sleepovers. The whole house can fold right back out to be a full size studio apartment, and the furniture is stored right inside the walls of the box when it is time to folded it back up to be a carrying case, or for storage in a closest.

1962 Midge checking out Her looks in the Vanity with Mirror

Midge, Barbie's best friend is checking out her looks in the built in vanity with mirror on the back wall of the 1962 Barbie Dream House.
Midge, Barbie's best friend is checking out her looks in the built in vanity with mirror on the back wall of the 1962 Barbie Dream House.

Barbie is Styling and Profiling next to Her Console TV

Fashion Queen Barbie is styling and profiling next to her console television with built in stereo turntable. She has a photo of her main man on the console along with her cool Eames Era Lamp.
Fashion Queen Barbie is styling and profiling next to her console television with built in stereo turntable. She has a photo of her main man on the console along with her cool Eames Era Lamp.

Ken is Resting and Relaxing in his Favorite Blue Chair.

Ken is resting and relaxing in his favorite blue chair in the 1962 Barbie Dream House made in the USA in California by Mattel.
Ken is resting and relaxing in his favorite blue chair in the 1962 Barbie Dream House made in the USA in California by Mattel.

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