Saturday, March 18, 2017

1992, Barbie running for President

This article originally appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on Oct. 18, 1992

A candidate with a real platform series

by Jennifer L. Stevenson

Barbie is running for President.

And you thought you didn’t have a choice this election year.

Consider her qualifications. She’s been an astronaut and aerobics instructor, a doctor and a diplomat. She’s served in every branch of the military.

And when she does say something, she tackles one of the toughest problems facing America, the deficit.

“When Barbie said ‘Math is tough,’ she was clearly recognizing the problems that plague our nation's economy,” Barbie's campaign manager, Ken, said last week.

“She said it would be tough to reduce the deficit. Once again, the liberal media distorted the truth by criticizing her for that statement.”

Ken - a “friend” of Barbie’s for more than 30 years - would neither confirm nor deny whether the two are still dating.

Barbie, who was making a nationwide campaign tour in her pink Corvette last week, could not be reached for comment.

“Absolutely, she'd make a great president,” said Lisa McKendall, from Barbie's campaign headquarters at Mattel Toys in California.

Skipper, Barbie’s younger sister and chief spokeswoman, said the candidate decided to run after a groundswell of support from the nation’s children. She is running as a write-in independent candidate.

Mattel’s McKendall said 2,684 children were polled last summer at Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the country and said Barbie was their top candidate. The Barbie Platform, as it has been dubbed, will reflect the concerns of those children: the environment, world peace, education and racial harmony.

The Barbie Platform also serves another important purpose. Without it, Barbie can’t stand up.

“Barbie has always been a role model for children,” McKendall said. “She's a reflection of women in society. As women become active in politics, Barbie should be, too.”

The Presidential Barbie wears a red suit and carries a white briefcase. Already confident of victory, she also has a red, silver and blue inaugural gown.

“I’m thrilled. No one can lead the country better than Barbie,” said Midge, Barbie's old friend from her retirement home in Boca Raton. “I'm glad a woman is running this year.”

Midge, who knew Barbie in the early years, said no youthful indiscretions ever occurred. “She’s the all-American girl,” Midge said.

Although Barbie is a member of all four military branches, she never served during a war, not even behind combat lines as a nurse - another one of her many jobs.

During Vietnam, her Mattel resume says she worked as a flight attendant. Although she was commissioned a U.S. Air Force pilot in 1990 and a U.S. Navy Petty officer in 1991, she managed to avoid serving in Operation Desert Storm.

“I’ll tell ya, I never saw her when the going got tough,” said G.I. Joe. “Who is this dame anyhow?”

In a major break with Washington tradition, Ken announced Barbie’s inauguration would not be held in the White House, but in Barbie’s own Dream House.

Spokeswoman Skipper declined to speculate on Barbie's running mate.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

doll show april 1

The Queen City Beautiful Doll Club's next show is Saturday, April 1.  I will be working at the door from 12-2 p.m.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fashion doll competitors for sale on etsy

For the past month, I have been researching what many refer to as Barbie clones.  I have been able to identify dozens of my "other" dolls and outfits.  I've placed a number for sale on etsy.  Here is the list.

American Character Mary Makeup and Tressy

Avon Corey and Kenzie

Ben Cooper Dreamgirl USA swimsuit

Deluxe Reading Penny Brites

Durham Charly

Edico Missy Mod outfits

Eegee Dolly Parton

Elite Bonnie dress

Fab Lu Babs Femme Fatale gown

Hasbro Farrah Fawcett/Jill Munro and outfits

Hasbro Jems

Horsman Angie Dickinson/Pepper Anderson

Kellogg’s Calico Lassie

Kenner Dusty and Jaime

LJN Petite Boutique jacket

Lucky Fashion Corner dress and shirt

M&C Betty Teen

Male fashion doll clothing

Mattel Big Jim Eagle Ranger shirt

Mego Cher and two outfits

Midwestern Home Products Diana outfit NRFP

Nancy Ann Storybook Doll tag

Peggy Ann outfits

Premier fashion doll wedding gown

Remco Judy Littlechap Ya Ya dress

Sears fashion doll sewn clothing

Shillman Maxi Mod and outfits

Terry Teen swimsuit, dress

Totsy Twistee outfits

12 inch fashion doll clothing

Valentine Polly swimsuit, shirt

Woolworth’s Little Miss Marie

I still have many more items to research.  Every day when I would do a Google search, new items would pop up, meaning that others were placing photos of their old never-removed-from-box items by Shillman, Totsy and a myriad of other companies.  I hope that by the end of February that I will have some more items identified and be able to list them for sale.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's genetic!

I don't know what the donkeys are made of
but they are covered in a soft corduroy and other fabrics and are just beautiful!
I added the ruler so you can see the height of the figures and church.
The Barbies tower over everything!
With a 10-inch entrance, the stable is not quite tall enough for Barbie.
(Although that would be weird if Barbie showed up at Jesus's birth.)

There are a variety of people inside the church,
including the politically incorrect bellhops and the luggage
I've commented before that my love of miniature worlds was inherited from my father, who owned a large electric train set when I was a little girl, and who made the buildings to accompany the set from cardboard.  In fact, my earliest memory of Dad is him cutting out cardboard to make one of the buildings, and Mom getting annoyed with him because he used her brand new scissors to cut the cardboard.
But I had forgotten about the hobby of my grandfather, that is, my father's father, Anthony "Whitey" Wernke, who died before my parents had even met.  It wasn't until this December when I dug out his handmade toys from the boxes in my mother's basement that I even made the connection.
My father was born in 1933, and from what my mother has told me, Whitey had made toy buildings for my dad.  I don't know if these buildings (you would never use the term "dollhouse"!) were made from kits or if Whitey followed patterns but used his own supplies.  He sawed apart shipping crates to make the bases and frames, and then nailed twigs over the frames to make log cabins and other buildings.  There were hundreds of branches and nails used to make all of them.
Most of the buildings are what are now termed as "1/12 scale," that is, the scale of dollhouses.  A few pieces are larger.  The biggest building is a huge stable that is not quite Barbie sized.  Whitey also bought figures to accompany the houses.  Most of the figures (humans and animals that are molded celluloid, metal or heavy cloth) are dollhouse-sized; again, a few are larger and some are really tiny!  Although some of them have the countries of Japan or Germany marked on them, most have no country written and no manufacturer listed at all.  I'm dating the figures to be from the 1930s because one of the females has on a Depression-era fur coat and cloche hat.
This photo is from 1960, my parents' first Christmas together.
I would be born the next February.
As for the stable, that has been my mother's Nativity set for as long as I can remember. Whitey bought beautiful statues to put in the stable, including an angel that attaches by wire to the roof of the barn.
Mom doesn't use the wood stable any more because it takes up a lot of room, although it's still in the basement.  She just sets the statues out now at Christmas.  I am going to show you some photos from the past and present of these incredible creations.  The style is what you would call primitive, but that's not a derogatory word, it's an actual art term.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Skippercollector: The California line--The Ice Cream Shoppe

1988 Barbie Ice Cream Shoppe booklet

Barbie Ice Cream Shop pages 1 and 2,
cover and introduction

pages 3 and 4, how to freeze

pages 5 and 6, recipes

pages 7 and 8, more ideas and warranty

I was asked in September 2016 to show the recipe booklet that came with the 1988 Barbie Ice Cream Shoppe.  I finally remembered to scan it for you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fashion dolls love glittery party dresses

Glitter through the decades:  Regal Red, Deepest Purple, Soft & Shimmery Silver & White, Dressin' Up and City Sparkler
Yes, the ladies gossip about Barbie when she's not around, and yes, Miss America is a bit tipsy.

I set up a slightly different display of Barbie dolls for Christmas this year.  For one thing, Barbie herself isn't included!  And there's no sign of my beloved Skipper, much less Ken!  I chose seven Barbie friends to wear shiny dresses and gowns for a Christmas party, and of course, all the dolls and outfits are by Mattel.  However, all the other decorations are 1/6 scale items I've accumulated over the years.  The most unusual item is, of course, the fireplace, which is actually a number of pieces of kindling that have been cleverly repainted and which I purchased at a craft show years ago.
You've seen all these dolls and dresses before, just not arranged like this.  The outfits are from three different decades and all have one thing in common--they are SHINY and GLITTERY and very Christmas-y looking!

The dolls and outfits are:
1970 Twist N Turn PJ in 1457 City Sparkler
1972 Walk Lively Miss America in 3217 Regal Red
1977 Teenage TV Celebrity Marie Osmond in 9817 Deepest Purple
1977 Sweet 16 in 1978 2252 Soft & Shimmery Silver & White
1986 Rocker Diva in 2690 Dressin’ Up
1991 Wedding Day Midge in Dinner Date 4940
1992 Beach Dazzle Asha in Sizzlin’ Style 5969