Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic


Barbie from the 1950s to Now

I thought that it would be fun to do some portraits of Barbie over her nearly six decades of dolly life. Non doll people please be aware that there are many styles of Barbie and Barbie friends, different hair and eye colours, different body shapes and sizes, different ethnicity. This is not an attempt to show that. Naomi and I have a doll blog where you are very welcome to visit if you’d like to see more dolls.

1950’s

Barbie is first released in 1959

A reproduction of the No. 1. 1959 Barbie,

1960s

Barbie changes her hairstyle several times. During this decade Barbie also got a boyfriend, best friend and little sisters as well as a whole wardrobe of fashions and accessories, a car and a house.

 

1970’s

The Mod Era began in the late 1960s and carried on for nearly a decade. Barbie gets a new body with a twist and turn waist.

My mod era Living Barbie . circa 1970.

1980’s

The Superstar Era begins. The first Barbie with the “Superstar” face actually appeared in 1977 but this face predominated  the Barbie line in the 80s and 90’s.

Vintage Barbie with Superstar face donated to the Op Shop.

1990’s

Most Barbie’s had the Superstar or new “Mackie” face with closed mouth smile.

2000’s

Fashion Fever. Barbie gets a new body with a belly button. The Fashion Fever line of dolls appear from 2004 onwards.

One of my collection of Fashion Fever dolls

2010’s

Barbie Basics. Starting in 2009 Mattel release a line of higher quality but affordable dolls with a different body sculpt. These were aimed more at collectors than children.

Red Basics Barbie circa 2011

Now

Fashionista era. The current Barbie playline has a diverse range of dolls and Barbie appears much younger than in previous eras.

Barbie with “Millie’ face first appeared 2013,

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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