Friday, October 23, 2020

1973 Living Skipper paper doll with unusually shaped folder

The design of the 1973 Whitman paper doll folder #1969 "Hi, I'm Skipper" is unique in that it is cut out to follow Skipper's outline.  There are probably other Whitman paper dolls with this type of folder, but I've never seen any.  The clothing is a combination of 1972 fashions and Whitman's own designs.

A a bubblegum machine is cleverly superimposed
over the photo of Skipper, making it look like she is touching it.
I didn't know that girls could buy purple underwear in the early 1970s!



No, I don't like those weird thigh high knit socks either.
Also, note that the blouse for Nifty Knickers is green
when it is supposed to be yellow.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Malibu Skipper paper doll actually resembles real life!

Skipper got her own quasi-beach-themed paper doll set in 1973, #1952 Malibu Skipper.  This was the first paper doll set I purchased as an adult collector.

Except for a few outfits, most of the clothing would not be something you'd wear to the beach.  And I'm not sure why someone living in Malibu would need a winter coat!

Several of the outfits have clashing patterns, but they are not as obnoxious as the ones for the original Malibu Barbie paper dolls.


I do love the sailing outfit
including the life preserver on the front cover!


Now this looks like something
a girl in Malibu in 1973 would wear!


The skirt and blouse on the upper left
is a variation of Flower Fancy/School Starts
and the coat is a variation of Winter Day.



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

1972 saw the first of many Malibu paper dolls

Whitman sold its first Malibu Barbie and family paper dolls in 1972, a year after the Malibus were introduced in 1971.  This was the first of numerous Malibu paper dolls that Whitman created.

The first set, #1994, was called Malibu Barbie/The SunSet.  The covers and inside were very pretty, although for some reason Francie appears to have pale green hair.  Perhaps she swam too much in chlorinated pools?

However, the clothes are outlandish, even garish, in colors that do NOT coordinate well.  It hurts to look at them.  Only two of the outfits are Mattel products, and they both belong to Ken.

This set is very easy to find, as I have two sets with folders and a third set with just of a few dolls.  In fact, it must have been sold for several years because the first one I have was 69 cents and the second was 79 cents.

The same Malibu Francie paper doll returned in 1973 with her own set of clothes.  These clothes, although loud, are not ugly the way the first Malibu set was.

The cover of the 1972 Malibu SunSet paper dolls
makes Skipper look very young.  Note the two different prices.

The back of the Malibu SunSet folder is beautiful
and I am tempted to frame it!

The towels pictured in the inside of the Malibu SunSet folder
match what was actually sold with the dolls.

No idea why the Malibu Francie paper doll has green hair.
It's not that the color registration is off-
I have three of these and they all are that color.

Ken's clothes are "real," but Barbie's and Francie's are not
and hurt the eyes to look at!

Malibu Francie. wearing a revealing outfit,
returned in 1973 with her own paper doll set.

Combined with the previous set
 Malibu Francie has a lot of clothes!

A few of the 1973 outfits are revisions of actual Mattel clothing.
The chartreuse jacket and skirt are Smashin' Satin.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

1970 Barbie and Ken paper doll set almost made me cry

I was delighted, and near tears, to discover that my paper doll haul included #1986 Barbie and Ken from 1970, as I had this set as a girl.  I stupidly sold it at a garage sale when I was in college.

It's near mint, except that the center page and some of the outfits are missing.  You can see two of the missing outfits on the back cover, the green striped and red bow dresses.  None of the clothes are Mattel designs.

There is also a cardboard poster to hang, and Barbie looks more like PJ on the poster.  I don't know who the paper doll Barbie looks like, but Ken looks like Rex Harrison to me.  I don't know who Barbie's clothes remind me of, but Ken's are very reminiscent of what David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman wore at the time.  In fact, I think Keith Partridge was seen several times wearing that blue outfit on The Partridge Family!


I owned set #1986 as a girl, and can't believe
I spent only 29 cents plus tax on it.


Although this set's clothing is all original Whitman designs,
the red dress is similar to the 1969 outfit Little Bow Pink.


Is this Barbie, or is it PJ?


An odd mix of fonts was used
for the text for this paper doll set.



Ken on the left as David Cassidy and as Rex Harrison on the right.


Monday, October 19, 2020

1968 paper doll set introduces Christie and Stacey

Although not mentioned as such, the 1968 Whitman set #1978 Barbie Christie and Stacey features the three talking dolls and numerous Mattel outfits.  I don't know if the sentences written on the inside folder are some of the things the dolls actually say.

The dolls come with a new type of stand that separates the legs a little, making the feet 3-dimensional to look like they are walking.  The dolls actually look like 16-year-old girls for once, but the way the clothes are drawn they look like they are for a woman in her late 20s or early 30s.

For once, all the clothes are Barbie's and not Francie's as well.  The most intriguing outfit is the rendition of Snug Fuzz, which looks more like a Chanel suit and less like something you'd wear to a funky party on a very cold day.

I believe this is the first paper doll set to feature Christie.  I've seen other sets with her, but I do not own them.

The 1968 Barbie Christie Stacey paper doll set
comes with newly designed stands.


This back of the 1968 Whitman set shows two Barbie outfits
that weren't in the clothing booklets,
Smasharoo (left) and Tunic N Tights (right).


Talking heads!  On the inside of the folder,
Barbie, Stacey and Christie are speaking into microphones.

Only Stacey wears her actual swimsuit.
Barbie and Christie have Whitman-designed ones.

Snug Fuzz looks like a Chanel suit, and the jacket can be worn over Knit Hit.
Snap Dash is prettier as a paper dress than an actual one.
The jumpsuit is Pajama Pow from 1967.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

1967 paper dolls the first in which Barbie and Francie switch clothes

I don't have any of the clothing for the 1967 Francie and Casey paper dolls set, stock number #1986.  All I have are the four paper dolls, two Francie and two Casey.  The paper dolls are in pairs and those pairs can wear each others' clothes.

Both the front and back covers show Francie and Casey in 1967 Barbie outfits.  Also, note that of the dolls, one Casey has on her original swimsuit and another wears Francie's swimsuit.  Yet Francie wears the Twist N Turn Barbie swimsuit and the blonde straight leg Midge swimsuit!

I believe this is the first of many Whitman Barbie and Francie paper dolls and coloring books where the two dolls wear each others' outfits.

It's funny--I always picture Francie as a blonde and Casey as a brunette,
but that's probably because those are the dolls my sister and I had as girls.


I guess that, technically, Pretty Wild! on the right
is an outfit for both Barbie and Francie.

The inside folder shows one picture from San Francisco,
but the others are of New York.

Note that Casey in Francie's swimsuit and Francie in Barbie's swimsuit can share outfits, as can
Casey in her original swimsuit and Francie in Midge's two piece.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

1966 paper doll set creates a mystery

 Did Skipper and Skooter go to a private school that required uniforms?  That's the question raised by Whitman #1976 from 1966, Barbie, Skipper, Skooter paper dolls.  There is no "and" or ampersand in the title, just a comma.

As you can see in one of the photos, Skipper and Skooter are wearing matching blazers and pleated skirts, like a school uniform.  I don't remember public school students wearing uniforms in the 1960s, hence the question about private school.

Those are the only outfits from this set that match.  However, all three have pajamas and robes, winter coats, and numerous other dresses.  Skipper has a riding outfit and Barbie has a weird pants set with a harlequin shirt.  None of the clothes are from Mattel outfits.


Note that in the 1966 paper doll set,
Skooter is taller and larger than Skipper.

The inside of the folder shows a department store dressing room.
The only Mattel outfit seen in this set is
Barbie's Country Club with its price tag.

An unusual touch on the back of the folder--
Skipper totes the Skipper and Skooter carrying case.

I think the Barbie in this paper doll
set looks like Tippi Hedren!