Snapshot Sunday: Barbie’s Birthday

People who know me or read our doll blog will know that for the past week we’ve been celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Barbie. This iconic doll has been around for most of my life and all of Naomi’s although we didn’t meet her until she was already five or six years old.

Most of this weekend I’ve been busy dressing dolls and setting up displays to photograph which has been lots of fun even though it’s been very time-consuming Here’s one of the pictures I took.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our 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. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. The photo shoot turned out lovely. It was nice o you to have your celebration for Barbie’s 60th birthday. I have not seem another so detailed.

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    • I’ve seen quite a few birthday posts from other bloggers and some readers have mentioned planning photo shoots for this weekend so I hope we may see a few more in the coming week. I am glad you enjoyed mine.


  2. Barbie was released JUST after my “doll” stage. At 11, I had put most of my dolls away, or was merely displaying them. Barbie was not, in my neck of the woods, an instant success. She may have been elsewhere, but we were into bigger dolls. Baby dolls. Fashion dolls of the larger kind. We did, however, have dozens of Ginnie dolls (Vogue). I guess they were our Barbies 😀

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    • I think they would have been. Ginnie had lots of outfits and accessories didn’t she? I actually never saw Barbie until I was 8 as she was not popular in England. I kept on playing with mine into my teens although you could say I never completely stopped. Just had a 25 year hiatus.


  3. Barbie came out during my childhood and was an instant success where I lived. But if I remember correctly, while the doll was affordable, the outfits were considered pricey. Some of those outfits cost as much as a child’s article of clothing. Probably why so many outfits were made by mother.
    I, too, had a Ginny doll that came in a cardboard suitcase and a little wardrobe. These were very cute little dolls and popular before Barbie hit the scene. I also had a Betsy McCall doll, which I wish I had now!
    I remember loving Tiny Tears and I had a large fashion doll with an up do, black party dress, and a diamond ring. She was a good doll and not played with.
    I got a Popi doll for Easter one year. She was a fashion doll that came with three plastic wigs and a dress you cut out and placed onto her pop a part body. She was a novelty and not the prettiest doll, but since she is rare I see when she is listed for sale the doll is rather pricey. I don’t think I played with her very much. Wish I had held onto all of them though!

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    • I think that Ginnie, Toni and Betsy McCall were probably the forerunners of Barbie. I am not very familiar with them as I don’t know if they were sold in England. Barbie outfits were expensive. Even my cousin who owned a Barbie only had one or two genuine Barbie outfits . Most of what we had were home mades or generic outfits that fit fashion dolls. It was the same with Sindy. I had a few genuine outfits but also generic ones made by companies like Faerie Glen. I think these are collectible in their own right now. My Sindy collecting was fuelled as much by wanting to own the fashions I admired as a child as by the dolls themselves. It seems laughable now that parents would worry about spending a couple of dollars but when you think of wages then it is quite understandable. Some of the outfits cost as much as the dolls.


  4. Yes, it sounds like the cost of those doll clothes is nothing today compared to the cost of most toys, but back then they were expensive. I can remember buying a new blouse for around four dollars, so a doll’s outfit for 3 dollars seemed a lot to spend when I was a child.
    It is interesting that the generic dolls and clothes are now collectible too. I had a doll called Babette with a poodle, which was dressed in the same striped swim suit and heels as Barbie had and came with a poodle on a leash. It was a very cheap doll with a harsher face then Barbie. More like the Bilde Lili doll,…know I misspelled that, but I wish I could find one today.

    You have a very nice collection of dolls and of outfits. You have made up for lost time. 🙂

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    • I think I’ve read about Babette, one of the many Barbie/Bild Lilli clones that were made in Hong Kong in the sixties. They did have harsher faces but many are quite collectible now. There are people who love to collect clone dolls.


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