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.
My blog focuses on my vintage discoveries and treasures, and a showcase for some of my favorite vintage inspired handcrafted items and collectibles. I offer free vintage postcard images from my collection. I am a self taught mixed media artist...so please join me on my journey of searching for vintage and antiques for repurposing. Making old memories new again!
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. ~ Mary Jean Iron
SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES
Nothing happens unless first a dream. ~ Carl Sandburg
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris
My friends are my estate. ~Emily Dickinson
Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer. ~Star Richés
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. ~Albert Einstein
I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart's Affections and the truth of the Imagination. ~ John Keats
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. - Storm Jameson