Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Did You Know Tuesday - Fun Facts About Barbie

March 9 is National Barbie Day in honor of the Barbie doll's first appearance on March 9, 1959 at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

Here are some fun facts about Barbie:

Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.  She was named after the doll creator's daughter.

Ruth Handler, who created the Barbie doll, was inspired by the German fashion doll Bild Lilli. 

The first Barbie doll sold for $3.

351,000 Barbie dolls were sold in 1959.

Barbie has had over 130 careers over the years. 

Her best friend, since 1963, is Midge.

Her boyfriend, since 1961, is Ken.  Ken was named after Ruth Handler's son.

The first celebrity Barbie was Twiggy, based on the fashion model, in 1967.

Did you play with Barbie as a child?  Which Barbie was your favorite?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.


Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) said...

Love these facts and Midge was totally my favorite when I was growing up!

Laura Caitlin said...

TBH I was never much of a Barbie fan! (I know) BUT I did have a few that I LOOVVEEDD.

Specifically gymnastics barbie (she was bendy!) and the barbie where you could dye her hair with water and then it went back to blonde when dried. That was just so cool to me to put purple stars in her hair.

Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

Deb said...

I've had Barbie dolls for most of my life. Even had the first Dream House - a big old cardboard suitcase with cardboard furniture (with the legs that promptly broke and were repaired with toothpicks). My favorite Barbie is the one I got as an adult nearly 20 years ago - Paleontologist Barbie. She even came with her own dinosaur!

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed reading your Barbie memories. I had one of the fold up Barbie houses and loved it. I will admit I especially loved all the cute outfits and accessories as a little girl! :-) - Trish

Farrah said...

haha, I had no idea Barbie had a full name!!

Birdhouse Books said...

I know - that was a fun surprise for me, too! - Trish

Anonymous said...

Yes I played with Barbies snd I collected Barbies snd to this day I love my Barbie’s and I have them in my bedroom on shelves across my room. I also have the Barbie convertible car that is a radio along with a Barbie book showing all the way from the beginning. They don’t make Barbie’s they did when they first came out.

Birdhouse Books said...

How neat that you still have a collection of Barbies! I remember that convertible car too!

Anonymous said...

I bought my first Barbie when I was 12. I’m 73 now and I have quite a collection. I love to accessorize­čśü

Birdhouse Books said...

That is really neat! I love the tiny Barbie accessories.

Anonymous said...

My Dad bought me the cardboard Barbie Dream House. It wasn’t even Christmas or my birthday! My favorite outfit for my doll was her Wedding dress, and I remember the black plastic case to hold her outfits. Lots of good memories play with my friends!

Birdhouse Books said...

Wonderful Barbie memories! And how neat about the Barbie Dream House!!