When I was a kid I had a Barbie. In fact, I had a Barbie and a Skipper. I loved my Barbie, but I wanted a newer Barbie with long hair cause mine had stiff short hair. I also wanted the bendable knee type, Skipper had bendable knees cause I got her years later.
I'm not sure what the story of my original Barbie was, but she was a very early 60s model, most likely 1962. Since I was too young for a Barbie at that age, I'm guessing someone bought her for me and I didn't get her to play with till I was older.
Anyway, why am I discussing Barbies?
A couple of weeks ago someone posted some Barbies for sale on Facebook. I saw this one and my obsession began.
This is the Fashion Queen Barbie. Early 60s.
Needless to say I bought her!
But it got me thinking about my first (and only) Barbie. My mom gave her and all my other dolls away. No going back for me.
I began to feel nostalgic. Why is it that the older I get, the more I want stuff from my childhood?
I began to research Barbies. I learned about the different early models, the dates, the markings on their butts.
What I really wanted was to find, and buy, the same Barbie as the one I had when I was a kid. This is what I had: a blonde bubble cut Barbie.
This is more like mine looked like - stiff hair like a helmet. No fun for a young girl.
Turns out, bubble cut Barbie came in 4 colours.
While researching I stumbled upon a couple of sites for Barbie restoration. Its amazing what these people can do with Barbie hair! I mean, look at this!
How wonderful to get a bubble cut Barbie and have her hair redone to look this glamourous!
I want more Barbies now. I'm only interested in the hard plastic ones which were the earliest Barbies made. I dislike the cheaper feeling late models. Plus I think the early Barbies are just so beautiful.
I've already got the Fashion Queen Barbie - this is her in the brunette wig.
I still need to get my blonde bubble cut girl, but I also want a ponytail Barbie now! There are different versions of the ponytail model, some have longer ponytails. I think I want a brunette but the blondes are gorgeous too.
Love the curly fringe on these girls. They're so fifties.
I'm no expert for sure, but I believe the earliest Barbies have the most striking eyes.
I think what I'm falling in love with all over again is the beauty of these dolls. They're just so pretty.
Is this the beginning of a new collection? I sure hope not. I don't think I can afford to buy a lot of these old Barbies. I want TWO more and I'm done.
That's my story and I"m sticking with it.
Remind me to share some photos of my other collections at some stage.