Saturday, August 19, 2017

Willows in the 1970s, part 3

Rarely do you ever see the front panels of the Live Action House.
Only the living room section had a correct front.
The indoors of the bedroom and kitchen do not match the layout on the other side.
Close-up of the front of the Live Action House
Barbie's Pool Party was the first
of Barbie's many swimming pools.



This is the end of my long-running project to photograph dolls, houses and playsets by decade in a street-like setting.  Today it is for the 1970s.

In these photos are the following:

Dolls and outfits:
1971 Live Action Barbie in #3401 Fringe Benefits
1971 Live Action Ken in #1439 Suede Scene
1971 Live Action PJ in #3408 Super Scarf
1972 Pose N Play Skipper in #3295 Turn Abouts
1972 Pose N Play Tiff in #3372 Fun Runners
1972 SunSet Malibu PJ in #3468 Oh Boy Corduroy
1972 Walk Lively Ken in #3378 Western Winner
1974 Malibu Barbie in Best Buy #7813 (the polka dot outfit)
1973 Quick Curl Barbie in 1974 #7424 Regatta on the Sea
1975 Barbie Babysits baby boy (also known as Little Sweets or Mrs. Jones' baby) in his original outfit
1975 SunSet Malibu PJ in #7724 Bright N Gay for Holiday Play
1976 Deluxe Quick Curl Barbie in #7424 Regatta on the Sea
1976 Deluxe Quick Curl PJ in #9664 Sears Vacation Outfit

House and playsets:
1.  Live Action House from 1971
2.  Skipper's Swing-A-Rounder Gym from 1972.
3.  Barbie Garden Patio from 1973.
3.  Barbie's Pool Party from 1974
5.  Barbie's Ten Speeder from 1975

Here is some information about the house.  The exterior is yellow wood with red awnings (second version of the house, with different construction pieces).  The interior has a bedroom and balcony with AstroTurf upstairs, a living room with a shuffleboard and pond outside, and a kitchen with a swing and more AstroTurf outside. 


The first version of the house, sold in 1970, was called the Lively Livin' House, and each piece was separate and took a while to put together.  (I had this house as a girl, which is why I know this, but that house is long gone.)  The Live Action House was the second version with some panels and connecting pieces combined, and could be put together much more quickly, but it is not as sturdy.  (I purchased this as an adult collector.)  The third version, in 1973, was called Barbie's Surprise House and was the Live Action House plus some ivy seeds that could be planted to grow in small containers.

The front panel to the living room is the only one correct.  The back wall of the kitchen should actually be on the front wall.  Neither the front wall of the bedroom or the kitchen show the interiors correctly.  I'd love to be able to get several houses and completely rearrange the panels!

The pool holds about four gallons of water and remains to this day the most realistic looking of all of Barbie's swimming pools.


The garden patio wall was made of very thin molded plastic.  My sister Barb had it and the wall cracked apart in numerous places.  The accessories, though, would last a nuclear attack!

I love the swing set.  The regular swing, the teeter totter and the trapeze swing all look very realistic.  You're supposed to be able to insert the thumbs of the Living and Pose N Play dolls into the slots on the seat of the trapeze swing to make the doll flip, but the thumbs do not stay in the holes.  The funky spinner on the pole does not work either.  You sit a doll on the sit and instead of following the swirl, the chair goes straight down.

Thanks always to my sister Joan for letting me use her front yard and house.

Even more rarely do you see the back of the Live Action house.
From left to right are Ken, PJ., P.J., Barbie against the house and Barbie on the pool deck.

The pool holds up to four gallons of water.
It would have taken up too much time to fill it entirely.
Left to right are PJ, Barbie, PJ, PJ and Barbie.

Here is the pool as seen from overhead.
Obviously it's not big enough for swimming, much less diving!



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Living Barbie's three hair colors

Left: 1970 blonde Living Barbie in 1970 #1799 Maxi N Midi.  I had wanted that outfit as a child and as an adult it was one of the first outfits I bought.  Right: 1971 Living Barbie with centered eyes in her original outfit.  She is my most recent Living Barbie purchase.  I pinned her sarong around her neck so she can play superheroine.

Left: 1970 brunette (actually black hair) Living Barbie was my sister's First Communion doll.  Barbie wears 1970's #1463 Lovely Sleep-Ins.  Right:  This 1970 brunette doll has her hair separated as if she had been sold with two ponytails.  She is practicing her ballet moves in 1970's #1787 Prima Ballerina.

The two 1970s redheads (Mattel was no longer using the word "titian") are in 1970's #1781 Tennis Team (I have only one gym shoe) and 1970's #1788 Scuba-Dos.  The girl in pink wears the Sears Action Accents ski outfit, which clashes with her red hair.  Note how different her eyes are.  On the right is my last Living Barbie in 1970's #1464 Anti-Freezers, another one of my childhood desires.
I have more Living Barbies than I do any other version of her.  She used to be very easy to find.  A woman I know only slightly gave me a wonderful gift several years ago--her childhood Barbie collection, and that included Action Accents Barbie.  I would never have been able to afford the doll if I wanted to buy her.
I've photographed them separated by hair color.
You have probably noticed the abundance of outfits from 1970 and 1971 for Barbie that either slippers, boots or some kind of athletic footwear.  That's because the outfits were designed for Living Barbie's flat feet.
It always irritated me when I saw pictures in doll magazines of Living Barbie in high heels or another mod Barbie or friend in one of the flat-shoed outfits.  Couldn't anyone else figure this out?

etsy listings July 2, 2017

Here are the three items I placed for sale on Etsy last week:

1970s Skipper dolls, clothes, case

1992 Ski Fun Midge NRFB

1997 Miami/Splash N Color Ken NRFB

Sunday, June 25, 2017

etsy listings June 25, 2017

Here are my new Etsy listings from the past week.

1960s Skipper doll, case and accessories:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/522420746/1960s-skipper-doll-case-clothes?ref=shop_home_active_5

1975 Ideal Tuesday Taylors and Dodie, updated without the sunglasses:

1980 Mattel Starr doll and clothes:

1993 Playmates SeaQuest Lucas and Darwin:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

3 collectors' events

Here are three collectors' events this weekend.

Disneyana Convention: Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, at the Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH. http://daytondisneyana.org/

Friendship Flea Market:  Saturday through the next Sunday, June 10-18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily on State Route 62 in Friendship, IN.  This takes place in conjunction with the Muzzle Loading Camp. http://slc2010.com/jflea/


Sports Card & Memorabilia Show: Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Hills United Methodist Church, 6069 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown (Cincinnati).  www.oakhillsumc.org

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SPP also had fashion booklets

Cute Tips for Shopping Trips is the name of the 1965 SPP booklet.

Barbie- and Skipper-themed luggage by SPP
There were two of these Barbie and Skipper trunks.
The other one shows them in horseback riding outfits.

No, I don't know why you'd want
a vinyl Frankenstein picture hanging in your room.

The back of the SPP booklet.



My boss, Anita, told me some shocking news yesterday, and NO, it wasn't job-related.  She has taken an interest in old Barbies since I've told her a lot about them, and she was at an antique store last week where the dealer had a Skipper case for sale.  Neither she nor I were interested in the Skipper case, but he told her about a booklet that he had with information about the SPP cases.
Standard Plastic Products made the Mattel Barbie cases in the early and mid-1960s.  I did not know that SPP also had a booklet that advertised all its sale items, very much like a Barbie clothing booklet.  Anita bought the booklet and showed it to me yesterday.  I nearly fell over; I had no idea such an item existed.
Although the booklet was undated, I believe it was from 1965.  It showed all the Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Midge cases and school supplies available that year.  It also had its own children's luggage lines, Beatles vinyl school supplies, plus a bizarre series of Universal Monster binders, wallets and pictures.  Lastly, it showed some small houses for its own line of toy animals, and the houses looked like what Mattel later used for its Kiddles dolls.  Did Mattel eventually buy out SPP and just use its designs itself?
I took some photos of the booklet, although not all the pages, because the booklet is actually quite thick.