Fifty-two years ago on March 9th Barbie made her official debut at the American International Toy Show in New York.
The brainchild of Ruth Handler, Barbie was named after her daughter (Barbara), who one of Ruth's main inspirations behind creating the Barbie doll in the first place. Ruth noticed that when Barbara was playing with her paper dolls, the young girl often gave them adult rolls. This struck a chord with Ruth who realized that most dolls at the time were created to look like babies and young children. Sensing a genuine need in the toy market for a more mature looking doll, Ruth put the idea for just such a toy forward to her husband (Elliot Handler), who was the co-founder of Mattel. It took several years to start production of the great icon ~ fashion doll.
Just some vintage news for today.
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