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made her debut at the 1959 American Toy Fair in New York. She
was designed by Ruth and Elliot Handler, founders of Mattel.
Barbie received mixed reviews at first, as she was so unlike
any other doll produced before. However, the public grew to
love her and, from 1960, her popularity became assured. Two
of the most popular attactions were the range of hair colors and
styles, and the ever increasing array of modern outfits that could be
bought for her.
tend to focus on dolls made before 1975 as these are
considered the true vintage dolls. The different
faces and hair styles used over the years will help you identify and
date the different barbies. Barbie is marked on her bottom
with the marks helping to date her. The date shown is not the
date of the doll but rather the date she was patented so, the date of
the doll will be sometime after that time.
As many barbies were sold, conditions and completeness are vitally
important. Dolls that have not been played with and complete
examples with boxes and accessories will be worth more. Most
collectors look for dolls that show very light signs of wear as the
condition is better, the value usually rises.
I could only find one vintage Barbie Doll that is currently
for sale on Amazon
There are other "reproduction" vintage barbie dolls for sale on Amazon
so if you want to collect a true vintage doll look for one that is
produced in the 1970's