Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Skipper clothes 1964 to 1999

I created this list in Microsoft Excel and then made a series of jpg's of the series of columns.  You can click on the individual files to enlarge them.
It's been written numerous times that Barbie and family outfits sold from 1973 and after have only stock numbers, not names.  WRONG!  About half of the outfits every year have been christened; you just have to know where to look for the names.  Here is where I've found them:
1.  Named on the package, but not in the booklet.
2.  Named in the booklet, but not on the packaging.
3.  In Mattel dealers' catalogs.
4.  The outfit is named in a different country, but not in the United States.
5.  The outfit itself, such as a message on a T-shirt.
If you know of any more outfits, or their names and numbers, please tell me!
The lists show the stock number, name, year and what the outfit is for.  There are a few that I've never really figured out their purpose!

Monday, July 22, 2013

pop bottles

Barbie's had soda/pop/cola to drink since the 1960s.  The same bottle was used in the 1960s and 1970s.  This was a skinny brown rounded bottle, the ones in the middle on the right.  The bottles were included in the 1974 Drink Pepsi Cola outfits for Barbie, Ken, Francie and Skipper.  The bottles of course look nothing like the clear swirly Pepsi bottles.  I did a little research and found that the closest looking bottle to these older Barbie ones was actually one for Fanta.

The very dark brown bottles on the top right were included with a number of Trendy Teen and other Arco outfits for Barbie, Ken and Skipper.  They seem to most closely resemble some Dr Pepper bottles.

The clear green Coca-Cola bottle isn't from a doll set.  My mother had it in one of her old scrapbooks.  It was a carnival game prize from the Aurora, Indiana, Farmers' Fair in 1952.  So if you ever find a similar bottle with some dolls, don't go crazy trying to identify which outfit it goes to--it doesn't go with anything!

The Barbie bottles are 1 inch tall, while the prize Coke bottle is 1 1/2 inches.

You will find yet another type of bottle for Barbie.  The various Barbie Dream House refrigerators came with jars and cans and bottles all of solid color plastic.  The bottles are smooth-sided and an orange color and sometimes have a paper label on them.  They seem to be patterned on smooth 7Up bottles.