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:

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.

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.

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

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.

Fashionista comments, part four

With the help of ebay and my own purchases, I created a chart in Mac Numbers (similar to Excel) that listed all of the Fashionista dolls up through April 2017 and their heights, body shapes, skin colors, hair colors and fashion names.  I converted the files to jpgs (photos) and you can look at the lists here.  I also scanned the back of one of the doll boxes.
Fashionistas 1 through 26

Fashionistas 27 through 49

Fashionistas 50 through 57